8 Things to See and Do at the 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, called FLIBS for short, is the largest in-water boat show in the world, attracting a global audience of approximately 100,000 boating enthusiasts who share a common interest in life on the water. The show draws an impressively diverse, international crowd of buyers, sellers and browsers who come to see the latest that the global boating industry has to offer and to do business. A thousand exhibitors and more than 1,200 boats are on display each November at the exhibition, widely regarded as the industry’s top annual boating event.



1. Nothing beats learning from an expert when it comes to improving your boating skills. First-time boaters and

seasoned skippers alike can improve their boat handling skills at courses sponsored by Carefree Boat Club.

Instruction includes basic and advanced docking skills, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques,

open water boat handling, first mate skills and more.


2. At the show’s Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center location, catch the Hook The Future

kids’ fishing clinics where kids get a free rod/reel combo and plenty of other prizes. The IGFA School of Sportfishing

offers a line–up of seminars for adults covering all aspects of fishing.


3. The Windward VIP Club Experience, located at the Hall of Fame Marina show location, offers the luxury of

a private dining area, a premium open bar, gourmet food and meet-and-greet opportunities. This climate-controlled

sanctuary is the perfect platform to network, close business, or simply share the excitement of this international

boating spectacular. Each VIP Club Experience package includes show entry, Windward VIP Club access and access

to the Water Taxi. The daily cost for the Windward VIP Club Experience is $225 per person.


4. Check out an astounding number of yachts and shop for the latest products. The show draws approximately

1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries that display an amazing array of boats, marine products and

accessories, from astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to fishing gear,

marine art, jewelry and more, all valued at more than $4 billion.


5. The show’s convenient land and water transportation network is a great way to experience all seven show

locations. While you’re checking out the boats, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of places to grab a drink

or a bite to eat including the Pier 66 Marina, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale

Beach Hotel & Marina.


6. The Blue Wild features scuba and freediving, lobstering and safety seminars, and a huge selection of oceanthemed

art, located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.


7. Check out live paddleboard, kayak, hovercraft and freedive demos at the AquaZone, presented by Nautical

Ventures outside of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Learn directly from the pros

in a 25-foot-by-50-foot, 15,000-gallon pool!


8. People-watch at the show’s world-famous floating cocktail lounges. Find a seat, grab a cold drink and cool off in

the shade. Have a bite to eat and recharge while enjoying live music and even livelier crowds.



Wednesday, November 1 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Prime Time Preview)

Thursday, November 2 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, November 3 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 4 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 5 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


One-Day Adult Ticket $29

One-Day Prime Time Preview Ticket (Wed. Nov. 1) $46.50

Two-Day Adult Ticket $52.50

One-Day Child Ticket (ages 6-15) $12

Children Under 6 Free

For VIP ticket packages, please email marketing@showmanagement.com.

Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at instagram.com/boatshowphotos, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

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21 Sep 2017