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Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port & Nearby Activities

Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

No longer pegged as the "Spring Break Capital of the World," Fort Lauderdale and its robust cruise port — Port Everglades — has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. In fact, more than 40 cruise ships and 4 million-plus cruise visitors pass through the port each year, making Port Everglades one of the most visited cruise ports in the world. Located about 5 miles east of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and within walking distance of a variety of hotels, restaurants, shops and beaches, Port Everglades makes an ideal starting point for travelers planning a cruise or extended vacation in South Florida. If you want to stay close to port, check out the Fort Lauderdale Beach or the Riverwalk art and entertainment district, which are both within 5 miles of port and are easily accessible by car. And if you have a few hours or days to spare in Fort Lauderdale, venture farther afield to the Everglades for up-close encounters with alligators and other wildlife, take a river cruise along Fort Lauderdale's intracoastal waterways or browse the shops and boutiques lining Las Olas Boulevard. Here are the essentials you need to know to decide how to spend your time at port and whether Fort Lauderdale should be on your cruise itinerary.

What You Need to Know

  • Consider parking at the airport With close proximity to Port Everglades and numerous parking garages that can save you up to $7 per day compared to the port, parking at the airport is an easy way to slash transportation costs.
  • Leave extra time for port security Port Everglades is one of the largest ports on the planet, so expect long lines and heavy crowds as you make your way around the cruise terminal. Also be sure to keep a valid form of identification and required boarding documents within easy reach for a speedy screening.
  • Know which terminal you're leaving from With nine terminals, it's easy to get lost. Make sure you write down your terminal number ahead of your departure date to avoid unnecessary hassles.

How to Spend Your Time in Fort Lauderdale

Things to Do Near Port Everglades

  • Funderdome (<1 mile) Tightropes, rock walls and laser mazes are just a few highlights of this indoor playground, which caters to those traveling with kids in tow. Best of all, it's only a 10-minute walk from port.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (<2 miles) At this sprawling park, you'll have access to volleyball courts, a basketball court and multiple playgrounds, making it a perfect place to bask in the sun or stretch your legs near your ship.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Promenade (<3 miles) Take a 10-minute cab ride to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Promenade, and you'll be rewarded with a 3-mile-long beach lined with boutiques, eateries and entertainment venues.   
  • Stranahan House Museum (<3 miles) To brush up on Fort Lauderdale's past, tag along a guided tour of this historic home, which happens to be the oldest structure in Broward County.

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Popular Tours in Fort Lauderdale

Have a few hours to spare in Fort Lauderdale? Book a tour through your cruise line, explore Fort Lauderdale on your own or check out tours available from independent outfitters.

  • Sawgrass Recreation Park Swamp lands, foliage and, of course, lots of alligators, are a few main highlights of the Everglades, which visitors can experience on a variety of personalized airboat tours offered by a host of cruise lines and reputable outfitters.
  • Jungle Queen Riverboat One of the most popular riverboat tours in Fort Lauderdale, the Jungle Queen has been offering scenic cruises along the New River since 1935.
  • Las Olas Boulevard Spend the day wandering this trendy boulevard to grab a bite to eat, pop into a gallery or museum and pick up any last-minute souvenirs before heading back to port.
  • Water Taxis of Fort Lauderdale If you're looking to explore Fort Lauderdale by waterway, hop on a water taxi (prices start at $26 for adults) and check out top sights across Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens For a little more quiet away from the beach, explore the Bonnet House, a 35-acre estate filled with artwork, gardens and well-manicured grounds.  

Restaurants near Port Everglades

Here are top recommended places to eat near Port Everglades:

  • Market 17
  • Johnny V
  • Lester's Diner

Transportation

Located about 5 miles northeast of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades is easily reachable by taxi, car or public transportation. From the airport, merge onto U.S.1 N toward Fort Lauderdale and follow the signs for Port Everglades and your particular parking garage

Parking

The port has five parking locations, including two parking garages and three surface lots. The Northport parking garage includes cruise terminals 1, 2 and 4. The Northport surface lot is designated for cruise terminal 4. The Midport parking garage is designated for cruise terminals 19, 21, 22/24, 25, 26, 27 and 29. There are two Midport surface lots — one for cruise terminal 18 and another utilized when cruise terminal 18 and Midport parking garages are at full capacity. During the busy season, there are shuttles from the parking garages to the cruise terminals.

  • Hours: Garages are open 24 hours a day.
  • Cost: The parking garages and surface lots cost a maximum of $15 per day; oversized vehicles cost a maximum of $19 per day. Parking payments can be paid with cash and major credit cards.
  • Entrances: The port has three entrances: State Road 84, off of U.S. 1, Interstate 595 East and 17th Street, located at Eisenhower Boulevard.

Taxi

Taxi stands and airport shuttles are easy to come by at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Expect to pay around $10 to $15 for taxis to and from the airport and the port terminals. GO Airport Shuttle shared van ride prices cost around $11 per person, and  luxury sedan prices cost around $40 (for a maximum of four passengers).

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