How to Get the Best Out of a Boat Show as a Visitor

Posted November 5 2015


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is here! Are you planning on attending this spectacular event? If so, there are things you need to prepare for and begin to consider in order to get the most out of the show; from dealing with crowds, to being comfortable, follow some of these tips that will help you have a great time!


Tickets to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show can be a little pricey, price at the gate will be $27 for the day or $43 for the entire show (Friday-Monday). It should be noted that children 5 and under will get in free with a paid adult, and children who are 6-15 years old will be $12.

Plan Ahead

It’s common for people to get lost, and not know where places are located within the show. Do some research and think about any events you would like to attend, or things you would like to see. It may also be a good idea to create a budget for things you may want to buy, or event tickets you are looking to purchase.


Since this is such a large event, attended by thousands of people, parking always seems to be a nightmare. Having to park in one location, then walk to another only to board a shuttle which will then take you to the show, doesn’t seem like an appealing process. And that is only if you are lucky enough to find a space! Also, if you decide to purchase a valet ticket, the price is $60. Consider other transportation options that will save you money, time, and most importantly a major headache. Now that Uber is back in Broward County, see what the going rate is to get you to the show, or you can try the Water Taxi.


This show is HUGE! It will require a lot of walking, so proper footwear is crucial if you plan on staying all day. If you are planning on wearing high heels, you may want to reconsider. Also, a large portion of the show is outdoors, so you may want to pack some sun screen, a hat, and sun glasses.

Make Reservations

There are a people from all over the world in town for this weekend. Expect delays, traffic, and long wait times at local restaurants. It may be a good idea to call ahead and make reservations at any restaurants you are considering going to. Also, try calling ahead if you plan on going to any after parties in the area and see if reservations are required.

Don’t forget, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starts today, November 5th and ends November 9th! For more information on what’s what to be aware of when at a boat show, read our previous blog, “5 Things to Be Aware of When at a Boat Show”. If you are interested in purchasing Yacht Crew Insurance, or would just like to talk to us for more information or advice, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at MHG has the Insurance Specialists to get you, your family, or group, the best coverage for your budget.