Sorry for the writing delay. It turns out that Ft. Lauderdale is a more lying around than touring around type of city. However, after a few weeks of beach viewing and sun avoiding (I’m not a teenager anymore), I finally found a touristy topic to talk about. Welcome to the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show – an event that attracts the world’s beautiful people and their rich sugar papas/mamas. Though we aren’t on the market for a boat just yet (but we are more than happy to be invited as guests on those 30 million dollar mega-yachts. I promise to be entertaining, and the kid is always a hit), we coughed up the 25-dollar entrance fee to get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous.
I’m not gonna lie – I was kind of expecting lavish champagne foam parties and an array of international entertainers once we crossed to the other side of the ticket booth. But, alas, it was mainly just dozens of booths selling …. boat stuff. Luckily, it was Halloween, and we had dressed the little one up as 007 (we found a tuxedo at a nearby shop and made it a theme), so the boat show at least came in handy for some great James Bond action shots (sitting by the yachts, on a speed boat, sipping a martini, hanging out with the Bond girls).
It was also (kinda) fun to walk up and down the planks and gawk at the yachts that we weren’t allowed to get on without an appointment or a broker. Surrounding the boats, there are also some festivities like a loud bar tent with live music and drunk revelers who just loooooved the baby (alcohol tends to lengthen vowels).
There is also a whole part of the boat show with demonstrations and some kid-friendly activities (our kid is still too young to participate) so in all, it is an interesting and fun experience. I probably wouldn’t put it at the top of my list of must-sees, but if you are a boat fanatic and an aspiring yacht owner (or current yacht owner – in that case, read above about our guest-worthiness), you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location to come see what is for sale.
Oh, and I’ve heard rumors of the aforementioned champagne parties, so rub the right shoulders and you might get an invite.