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Water Taxi Routes – Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood
Looking at the map, Water Taxi’s route services three main loops, with stops shuttling between the cities’ most exiting attractions: The Main Loop heads runs east-to-west on the New River from the cruise port area (near Stop #5) towards Downtown Restaurants and Esplanade Park. The Northern Loop connects from the Main Route at Stop #9 (Double Tree Gallery One Hotel), and extends north to il Lugano Hotel (north of Oakland Blvd.). The Hollywood Route connects to the Main Route at Stop #5 (under the 17th St. Bridge), and extends south along the cruise port to the Westin Diplomat Hotel on Hollywood Beach.
Vessel capacities are regulated by the United States Coast Guard, and may not be exceeded. Boarding is first come, first served with ticket holders boarding first.
Crew members are permitted to accept gratuities. If you enjoyed your trip, please consider leaving a tip to show your appreciation.
Be sure to look at the Hollywood Trolley Schedule! Service Wednesday-Sunday.
Water Taxi has several location within the regular route that you can call 954.467.6677
for a pre-arranged pick-up.
Whistle Stop - Esplanade Park
Esplanade Park is surrounded by cultural destinations and leisure opportunities. Get off the Water Taxi at the Whistle Stop and to your left you will see the Broward County Center for Performing Arts, featuring Broadway productions, Improv performances and dinner theatre. Across the street is the Museum of Discovery & Science, with an IMAX Theater. To your right is Fort Lauderdale Historical Society with Museum and Old Town historic buildings.
Note: On occasion the train bridge limits access to Esplanade Park’s Whistle Stop. If the train bridge is down, take a short walk to Stop #1 on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Museum of Discovery and Science IMAX Theater
The Las Olas Riverfront stop is one of the best locations to begin your day on The Riverwalk. If you are driving in from surrounding areas, the parking garage adjacent to the stop offers discounted parking for $5.00 all day. Grab a burger and cold beer at Briny Irish Pub; one of the great boat and people watching locations along the Riverwalk.
40 West Las Olas Boulevard
$5.00 ALL DAY PARKING at the Water Taxi Garage! Tickets also available.
Briny Riverfront Pub Las Olas Riverfront
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Stop 1A - Pirate Republic Bar
Pirate Republic Bar Seafood & Grill, formally “Shirt Tail Charlie’s” has been reinvented and is known for a creative and delicious menu with ample portions. There is plenty of seating to create your own event along the riverside.
400 SW 3rd Avenue
* Railroad bridge may cause delays
Stop 2 - Downtowner Saloon
The Downtowner Saloon is one of the oldest Fort Lauderdale restaurants. It’s a great place for their famous raw bar, burger or a French dip sandwich. Check their website for evening pub-style entertainment and very economical $14.00 Sunday Brunch. What better way to eat brunch than to pull up on a boat?
408 S. Andrews Avenue
This is one of Water Taxi’s busiest stops. It is located only 2 blocks from Las Olas Boulevard; Fort Lauderdale’s most enchanting shopping experience. Find shops, nightclubs and fabulous dining. Window shop at lunchtime or have a posh dinner when you arrive at Las Olas by Water Taxi at Stop #3.
904 East Las Olas Boulevard, end of SE 9th Ave
Las Olas Wine Cafe
Kilwins of Las Olas
Preston’s Lobby Lounge
Timpano Italian Chophouse
The Golden Lyon
Stranahan House Museum
Stop 4 - 15th Street Fisheries
15th Street Fisheries is one of the original waterfront restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy fresh seafood outdoors with plenty of outside seating available. More formal seating is available in their dining room. A highlight of eating at the 15th Street fisheries is feeding the wild tarpon (large fish) that hang out in The Intracoastal Waterway along the docks. You can buy fish food for the tarpon and watch them jump out of the water.
1900 SE 15th Street
15th Street Fisheries
Stop 5 / Stop A - Hilton Marina/Convention Center
Stop #5/Stop A is located directly underneath the 17th Street Bridge. Stop #5 is the nearest Water Taxi stop from Port Everglades (Cruise Port). City parking is located adjacent to the dock where you can park for a reasonable fee for up to 10 hours. This is one of Water Taxi’s most handicap accessible stops.
Important Note: Use Stop #5 to connect to the Hollywood Loop, starting at Stop A.
1881 Southeast 17th Street (under W side of 17th Street bridge)
Nanking (Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina)
G Bar (Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina)
Broward County Convention Center
Stop B - Giorgios Bakery & Bistro
This is the first stop in Hollywood and is closest stop to Johnson Street, where many of the weekly beach activities are located. For those boarding in Hollywood, there are several parking garages located within a few blocks of this stop.
800 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood
Ultimate Florida Tours
Hollywood Beach Trikke
Sun & Fun Cycles
B&B Fly Pack Rentals
Billy Stone Crab Restaurant
Taco Beach Shack
Walk on Water Fitness
Yogurt Ur Way Cafe
Ocean Alley Restaurant
Bahama Joe’s Gourmet Market
Stop C - Westin Dilpomat
Rivals Sports Bar and Grill is located on the water within the Westin Diplomat complex. This is a great boarding location to take the Water taxi to Fort Lauderdale. Many guests will be able to walk from their hotel or condominium.
3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille
Centrally located, use the Crown Plaza stop to enjoy the Hollywood Broadwalk and beach. Stop D is a great starting point to travel from Hollywood to Fort Lauderdale and back. As you pass through the Crown Plaza, check out The Lava Tiki Bar and Grill or the Elements Bistro.
4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
The Lava Tiki Bar
Stop 6 - Hyatt Regency Pier 66
The Hyatt Regency, Pier 66 is an iconic hotel in Fort Lauderdale set on 22 acres. Pelican Landing Pub is located at the end of the dock. Stop #6 features breathtaking sunset views cascading over downtown in the evening. There are five different dining and cocktail venues on the premises.
2301 SE 17th Street
Stop 7 - Bahia Mar/Bahia Cabana (BEACH)
Stop #7 has easy access to famous Fort Lauderdale Beach, located just across the street from the stop. Bahia Cabana is an old-time waterfront venue and an excellent location for watching sport fishing charter boats as they parade in around 4:00pm every day to watch the sunset over Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
3001 Harbor Drive
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
International Swimming Hall of Fame
Breezes Bar & Grill
Stop 8 - Beach Place (BEACH)
Stop #8 is just a couple of blocks from Beach Place which is a wonderful oceanfront complex with restaurants, shops and even a CVS which stocks beach necessities. For great food, head to Hooters or Lulu’s Bait Shop (restaurant). Stop 8 is close to waterfront hotels and condos with many shops along the beach.
Intracoastal end of Cortez Street
Atlantic Surf Club
Lulu’s Bait Shack
Shula’s on the Beach
The Deck Restaurant
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Whistle Stop - Seville Street
NORTHERN LOOP CONNECTION
Stop #9 is the transfer location between The Main Water Taxi Loop and the new Northern Loop. Grab a drink at the Gallery One Double Tree Hotel when you get off the boat. The Galleria Mall is located directly next to The Gallery One Double Tree. Hop off at Stop #9 to visit the historic Bonnet House Museum and Gardens a short ½ mile walk over the Sunrise Blvd. Bridge; another fantastic destination for Water Taxi riders.
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard (Galleria Mall)
B’stro on the Beach
Franco & Vinny’s
Vue on the Water (Gallery ONE hotel)
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Whistle Stop - Birch State Park
Birch State Park has walking trails, waterfront picnic areas, canoe rentals and guided nature tours. Birch State Park is a great place to bring the whole family for a private picnic event. At this time, the park is a whistle stop. That means let the captain know you would like to be dropped off at the park and you can flag down a Water Taxi later in the day when you’re ready to leave.
Stop 10 - Shooter’s Waterfront
Shooter’s is another Old-time Waterfront restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Today, Shooter’s is once again “the” happening place to be in Fort Lauderdale. Last year Shooter’s closed for an extended renovation and has recently reopened with great fanfare. Adjacent to Shooter’s is Flip Flops Restaurant to the north and the Chart House to the south. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, Stop #10 has it all. The beach is also nearby.
3033 NE 32nd Avenue
Flip Flops Dockside Eatery
Stop 11 - Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill
Bokamper’s is Fort Lauderdale’s newest waterfront sports bar and grill. It has been very popular since it opened in 2013. Catch the big game on 70 big screen TVs and let Water Taxi handle the driving.
3115 NE 32nd Avenue
Stop 12 – il Lugano Hotel
Until recently, il Lugano Hotel was a whistle stop, but with Bokamper’s opening up and continued demand, il Lugano Hotel has been made an official stop. This is the end of the Northern Loop and the most northern Water Taxi Stop. A convenient location for residents of Northern Fort Lauderdale and residents of Lauderdale By-the-Sea to board the Water Taxi. Use the Pelican Hopper bus to drop you off close to Stop #12. Check the Pelican Hopper schedule carefully for bus days/times, maps and stops.
3333 NE 32nd Avenue
de Campo Osteria
Fishtales Bar & Grill