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Rating: 4.2  139 rating points
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Fort Lauderdale's Venice of America Tour

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Take in the beautiful, lush scenery of Millionaires Row, the Intracoastal Waterway, and more during this relaxing narrated cruise.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Always an enjoyable activity
Tue, Aug 17, 10   12:30 PM coventrycove Male 40-49 Combination Unspecified
We live in the area and the Venice of America boat tour is a "must" whenever we are entertaining friends or family who come to stay with us. It is a wonderfully relaxing and entertaining tour, a perfect duration, and a visual feast for the eyes to see and learn about so many exotic residences that line the banks of the waterways. One of the things that makes this particular tour unique is the quality of the boat, especially with its luxurious air-conditioned lower deck and on-board bar. We chartered this company's sister yacht, the Anticipation IV, for our wedding reception 13 years ago, and the boat used for the Venice tour seems to be just a scaled-down version of that same luxury vessel. One can find other "stars homes" boat tours, for example in Miami Bayside, but they tend to have a much more "touristy" feel to them and the boats are not as comfortable. With frequent guests visiting us in Florida, we have returned to the Venice of America tour probably 7 or 8 times now, and never grow tired of repeating this experience.
Rating: 4
some good, some bad, but generally ok
Sun, May 30, 10   11:00 AM gilligan2010 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Was shorter than the 1.5 hours advertised (left 5 min late, returned about 10 min early) Free drinks are a nice touch. Staff is courteous. Difficult to hear the speakers. Views and ride itself are beautiful and relaxing.
Rating: 4
worth the trip
Thu, Aug 13, 09   11:00 AM jasonr Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
If you enjoy lavish homes and appreciate boats be sure to take the tour. You won't be dissappointed. I'm an avid boater and yacht owner however some of these boats make mine look like a dingy. Have fun!
Rating: 5
This is great fun and incredibly interesting activ
Fri, Jul 3, 09   11:00 AM mwestylive Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Everything was was good, even the on board officer/comedian. The wealth of the homes and then findingout the history of the home was great. The could easily be the vest value in the greater Miami/Ft..Lauderdale area.
Rating: 5
SIT BACK AND RELAX
Wed, Mar 25, 09   2:00 PM wooooodie Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
The "Good"---Take the Riverfront tour and bring your sunscreen! It's a nice, relaxing ride....not quite long enough to plan your whole day around, but well worth the price. Daytime tours are sun-filled, so bring water! The crew is nice and the Captain is knowledgeable, however, if you are so busy talking to other passengers, you'll miss the humor the Captain relates in his tour narration. Paying attention is half the fun! Just feet away from the ship are good, outdoor eateries, but food and drink are also available on board. Again, if you pay attention to the narration, you'll have the opportunity to win a free drink with a guessing game. My tour was on Wednesday at half-price, with drinks not included but tours with included drinks are also available for a few dollars more, without breaking the bank! Either way, it's fun. The "Bad"---Know where you are going when you drive to the boat! This location is not easy to find. Your can park on either side of the river but you'll take a hike if you choose the side near the jail. Bring a good pair of sneakers and have have plenty of change on hand for parking meters! If you park on the same side of the river as the tour is located, there is a parking deck but bring a hand-held GPS unit to get you to the ticket booth! All-in-all, it's a good time for all. Bring a few dollars to tip the crew and have a good, digital camera in hand and ready to use. Say thanks to the Captain! Remember, don't be sooooo busy talking that you miss the narration and keep in mind that others will miss what is said because you are talking! As an added bonus, if you have some free time, watch how long it takes for the train to come across the bridge once the warning sounds and the bridge lowers! Hint, bring a deck of cards or a scrabble board while waiting for the train!
Rating: 3
misleading advertising
Sun, Mar 8, 09   5:00 PM JPUNZAK Female 70+ Unspecified Unspecified
Trip just 1 hr; not the 1 1/2 hour advertised. Free beverages is just one drink (wine, beer or soda) need to pay for extras. No free snacks The boat ride was very enjoyable as was the tour. There seems to be other boat tour companies that offer longer ride at same price. The man at the ticketing booth was not courteous--insisted on me giving the paper that I had written down the confirmation # on. I did not have a pre-printed e-confirmation. So, even though the trip was very pleasurable; my opinion of this tour company is not.
Rating: 3
Could be better
Sun, Nov 2, 08   5:00 PM simmons546 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The service was ok. I bought the tickets online, but they don't tell you that the boat doesn't leave if there isn't at least 10 people going on the tour. I got to the booth in Las Olas and the man says they don't have enough people to leave and told us to wait around. My advice is to purchase your tickets at the booth. Thankfully there was just enough people who decided to go on the tour, a total of 12. The tour itself wasn't so bad, especially since the boat show was also taking place at that time. We also saw an Obama sailboat, it was pretty hot looking!!! They take your picture when you board and you have the option of purchasing a picture w/ keychain ($10). Take extra on board cash if you plan on buying a drink in addition to the one thats included or photo, no credit/debit card purchases. The chairs on the boat are cheap plastic, I feel they could do better than some dollar store chairs, with all the money they make from touring.
Rating: 4
Nice way to spend 90 minutes
Sat, Jan 26, 08   12:30 PM meman123 Female 30-39 Unspecified Unspecified
I enjoyed the riverfront cruise. I think it was the perfect balance between tour and a nice afternoon on the water. The crew was friendly and the experience was just great. The only thing I didnt like was having to line up 30 minutes in advance. Other than that, I would recommend this to anyone local or visitor that would like a nice inexpensive way to see the sites of the Fort Lauderdale intercoastal waterways.
Rating: 4
A very nice tour.
Fri, Mar 21  1:00 PM Martha51 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The tour was nice and informative, but we didn't appreciate the 'mandatory' photo at the beginning of the cruise. We tried to decline politely, but were told that they 'HAD' to take our picture. The photographer then remarked that he wouldn't bother to try to take a good one and then we wouldn't want to see it. The time it took to take the pictures also kept us out in the hot sun.
Rating: 5
What a bargain!
Sat, Aug 3, 13   1:00 PM inspiredwrit Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Delightful time on the water seeing mansions beyond belief