Fort Lauderdale is a renowned show in America and thousands across the country have been eagerly awaiting its return this year for the 54th time.
Having opened this Thursday 31st October, exhibitors and visitors are expected to enjoy five days of boat related wonder in the ‘Yachting Capital of the World,’ Florida, USA.
The show will cover approximately 3 million square feet over six locations. There will be a variety of transport methods to travel between each site such as bus networks and water taxis. I would make sure you arrive early to allow enough time to explore each desirable site.
The show will hold a number of attractions for both adults and children making it a universally friendly event. These will include a number of seminars and ‘have a go’ clinics for all show goers.
For children I would recommend the ‘Annual Kids Fishing Clinics’. This clinic invites children aged 5 – 16 to try fishing for the first time under instruction. I would expect this will be handled under a first come, first served basis with clinics open between 12pm – 2pm on Saturday and Sunday ONLY.
Another area which caught my eye is the ‘Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show Seminars’ which I originally deduced from the description would be a variety of practical activities. However, upon closer inspection it seems to be centered around, well, seminars! Although, there is a ‘Scuba – get certified’ activity each afternoon which makes me think perhaps it’s a bit of both? Either way, there will be a look into a selection of marine art work, scuba, free diving, first aid and on both Saturday and Sunday there will be an hour slot dedicated to real life ‘at sea’ stories. That could mean anything? But I can only assume that mystery, in this case, is a good thing.
You may also find parties taking place throughout Fort Lauderdale. MIASF will be hosting a party between 3pm – 6pm on Saturday 2nd November with a special guest performance from Guitarist/Singer Jackopierce costing $10 admission to be donated to Marina Industry Cares (MICF).
Seafair are also presenting a luxury exhibition of art, jewelry and design for yacht and homes. This will be largely extended to the superyacht and naval architectural community. However, the public may be welcome dependent on the availability of space on board. Of course, this will be held on a 228′ megayacht which will be docked at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
General admission will be from 10am to 7pm until the final day (Monday 4th November) when admission will close at 5pm.
Tickets are available online or at the gate for between $5 and $40 dependant on age and days. Please note tickets at the gate will be payable by cash only.