10 Things to do in Fort Lauderdale While in Town for FLIBS

Posted October 20 2015

fort lauderdaleThe Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is just a few weeks away, which means yachts and crew are beginning to arrive and set up for the show. There is a good chance that yacht crew may have some down time leading up to the show that should be spent exploring and discovering this beautiful area. Fort Lauderdale is the yacht capital of the world, however, this city and the surrounding areas have so much more to offer outside the yachting industry that you should be taking advantage of. 



South Florida has some of the best fishing in the world. With plenty of different options from lakes, to the everglades, to deep sea, there is a setting for whatever kind of fishing you are in the mood for. 


The unique natural habitat called the Everglades is a short drive from Fort Lauderdale. Since the Everglades can’t be found in any other part of the world, a trip to South Florida is not complete without an airboat ride through the “Sea of Grass”. There are endless opportunities for camping and seeing animals that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. 

Native American Reservations 

The Native Americans are a large part of the history of the United States, and in South Florida, there are 2 large Native American presences. The Seminole and Miccosukee tribes have reservations in the area that offer plenty of things to do. Watch alligator wrestling, learn about the culture, or you could even visit the Seminole Hard Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. 


South Florida is home to some of the most famous beaches in the world. South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale Beach, etc. are just a few of the places you can spend a day, or two, or three, relaxing and sticking your toes in the sand. There are bars, restaurants, and shops everywhere, it’s no wonder South Florida is such a popular tourist destination. 

Sawgrass Mills 

One of the largest shopping malls in the country, Sawgrass Mills is a must if you plan on doing any shopping while you’re town. With over 300 stores, you will have no problem finding something that you wouldn’t be able to find back home.


Downtown Fort Lauderdale is a very popular area, with tons of great spots to enjoy an afternoon, or a night on the town. Riverwalk, also known as the Fort Lauderdale Riverfront, consists of Las Olas Boulevard and Himmarshee Street. This area is home to some of the best bars and restaurants that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. 


Fort Lauderdale is home to a few unique museums such as the Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and International Swimming Hall of Fame. The Museum of Discovery and Science is full of interactive exhibits and is also home to an IMAX theater that has a screen that is 5 stories tall! 

Broward Center for Performing Arts 

The Broward Center for Performing Arts is among the top 10 most visited theaters in the world, with over 700 performances every year. This beautiful theater sits on the New River and hosts world famous Broadway Plays, concerts, lectures, and plenty of other events. 

Historic Houses 

Fort Lauderdale is a very historic area, and has few historic houses that are definitely worth a visit. Learn the history of the Stranahan’s when visiting the Stranahan House which was built in 1901. Or visit the Bonnet House and walk through the beautiful grounds and gardens.

Jungle Queen 

The world famous Jungle Queen Riverboat has been in operation since 1935. Take a cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s New River and see some breathtaking sites. Witness what it is like to live like the rich and famous as you pass through “Millionaire’s Row” and other areas with charming waterfront mansions.

Yacht shows can offer a time for crew members to jump ship. Make sure that you maintain proper coverage through the process. Read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Options While You are Between Jobs”, for guidance on what options may be best for you. MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, or would like some advice, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Don’t forget, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is almost here, see you there!