The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show bills itself as the largest in-water boat show in the world. It’s set in one of south Florida’s top boating cities. Boat enthusiasts from around the country and the world will attend, along with many companies representing every aspect of boating, from snazzy boat accessories to batteries, engine parts, and more, with Battle Born Batteries among them!

So join us as we take a closer look at this unique, exciting event. 

About the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a five-day boating extravaganza spread over nearly 90 acres of exhibition sites and spaces. In the past, more than 100,000 people have come to check out this incredible scene, supporting more than 1,000 exhibitors in last year’s show. 

With more than 1,300 boats from over 50 countries, it’s also one of the best ways to get real, hands-on looks at some of the world’s most beautiful and cutting-edge seacrafts. Each of the show’s exhibition sites offers a different experience. However, all offer the benefits of beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale, often just steps from the area’s famous beaches. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA skyline and river at dusk.

When Is the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show? 

This year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will begin with a “preview” day on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The main show opens the following day and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. 

These dates allow boat enthusiasts to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather of southern Florida when temperatures and humidity levels have declined from the steamy summer. Visitors can stop by between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Or they can aim for 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

What Are the Locations for the Show?

Unlike some boat events, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show offers exhibits spread out across seven different venues throughout the downtown and waterfront areas. The first cluster stretch along the Stranahan River near the Harbordale/Harbour Islands neighborhoods. Here you’ll find the Broward County Convention Center, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina, and SuperYacht Village at Pier South. 

Further north, just south of the Central Beach community, attendees can find the remaining three locations. These include the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, and Las Olas Marina.

All of these venues are just a few miles and minutes apart. Free shuttle service runs between them for easy access, and a moderately priced water taxi also provides transportation between events. 

taking photos of boats in fort lauderdale

Things to Do at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 

There’s so much going on at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show that you’ll likely have more to see than you have time. Here are our top choices for things to check out during your visit.

SuperYacht Village 

Want to get up close and personal with how the ultra-rich travel the seas? Head to the SuperYacht Village, where the show’s largest and most luxurious ships will be available to check out. You can even see the latest yacht toys and accessories that make these yachts truly the best way to hit the water. 

The Aquazone

Prepare to be amazed by the live water demonstrations found in the show’s Aquazone section. You’ll be able to watch a variety of water sports as well as exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest marine products. There’s always something different going on at the Aquazone, so check the daily schedule to find the shows and demonstrations most interesting to you. 

new marine tech at boat show
See new marine tech demonstrated at the AquaZone!

Culinary Experience 

Unlike some festivals and shows, foodies won’t have to sacrifice to get a meal at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Under the direction of Executive Chef Vagn Nielsen, visitors can enjoy seafood, Greek food, tacos, burgers, and so much more. Whatever you’re craving, chances are you can find it. Plus, the show’s upscale beverage experience includes a variety of specialty cocktails along with craft beer and wine. 

Windward VIP 

Looking for the ultimate experience at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show? Spring for the Windward VIP package, which offers numerous benefits for those willing to pay the $300 per person, per day price. VIPs get exclusive access to the festival an hour before the general public, as well as complimentary water taxi service between the show’s venues. They’ll also enjoy open bars, free gourmet food, and private bathrooms.

Best New Tech to Check Out at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 

One of the best things to do at shows like these is to get a closer look at some of the top new technology in the boating world. 

For example, exhibitor Blue Water Desalination offers consumer-level desalination machines, allowing you to turn undrinkable seawater into clean, potable drinking water. So much for “water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink!” Meantime, ensure you always know where you’re going with a stop at the Garmin/Fusion/Navionics booth, with the latest GPS and navigation technology. 

Of course, Battle Born Batteries will also be on hand to show off the most powerful and reliable lithium battery technology. The boating industry is in the middle of a lithium revolution. Decreasing prices and improved technology have led countless boat owners to ditch their clunky, restrictive lead-acid batteries.

Boaters particularly love the lighter weight, longer lifespan, and improved operation under extreme conditions that lithium offers. Before long, they’ll be the standard for boat power. So don’t forget to stop by our booth and see us! 

→ Find out where else we’ll be by checking out our Events Calendar!

come see the battle born batteries crew at the fort lauderdale boat show

How Much Does It Cost to Attend the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show? 

One of the best parts of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is how affordable it is for all boat lovers. Single-day adult tickets cost $39 or $15 for kids. Those looking to attend for more than one day can purchase a two-day pass for $66, a $12 savings. 

Checking out the Wednesday “preview” day will require its own separate $60 ticket. In total, attending the entirety of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show would cost $192 for adults or $120 for children. Military veterans and first responders may want to stop by on Sunday. That day, they can enter the show for free with a valid ID. 

We Hope to See You at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show! 

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is among the world’s top boat expos. Don’t miss it if you love boating or want to get into that world. Naturally, Battle Born wouldn’t miss it for the world. The show offers an opportunity to allow thousands of attendees to learn about the many advantages of our lithium batteries. Keep an eye out for us — and we hope to see you there!

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