Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises was started in 1935, consisting of a few small boats that gave sightseeing tours through the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's New River. Earl Faber, a former vaudevillian, took over in 1958 and created a vaudeville show and it developed and has stayed popular, and colorful for many years with its unique format. Shortly thereafter, Earl's son Jerry took over, and remained at the helm until 2014, when the third generation of Faber's took over Jungle Queen and continues to run the business today. Continue through our website to pick out your favorite Jungle Queen experience and then click on book now to reserve your experience.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum (ISHOF) is a history museum and hall of fame, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, operated by private interests and serving as the central point for the study of the history of swimming in the United States and around the world. Exhibits include ancient art and both reproductions and original art depicting famous moments in swimming history (from ancient times to modern), swimwear, and civil rights, as well as memorabilia and artifacts belonging to persons who have promoted or excelled in aquatics. It is recognized by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) as the official hall for the aquatics sports.
Between the Intracoastal Waterway and an Atlantic coast beachfront park, this 44-acre resort is 7 minutes' drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Bahia Mar is also home to the world famous Bahia Mar Yacthing Center, home of the largest boat show in the world, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).
The Bahia Mar Resort and Marina started life as an army fort in 1839. In the mid-1800s, it became known as the House of Refuge for shipwrecked sailors. And during Prohibition, the Coast Guard moved in. The yachting center offers 250 slips capable of handling vessels up to 300 feet along it's 3,000 foot parallel dock and more than 5,000 feet of floating docks. This facility offers high speed fueling, free WiFi, cable television, in slip sanitary pump-out, a marine store, dive shop, a marine maintenance provider and full access to all of the amenities located within the property and the Hotel. The Yachting Center is also the home to the world renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Phillips Petroleum, when headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, purchased land in south Fort Lauderdale for a gas station in 1956. Within a few short years, the parcel, bordered on its west by the Intracoastal Waterway, began to evolve into the world-class hotel and resort that claims part of Fort Lauderdale's skyline today.
The oil company built a fuel dock on the parcel in 1957, then installed a marina for more than 100 yachts. In November that year, Phillips advertised the grand opening of a restaurant in the building that today anchors the west side of the resort. By 1959, a two-story hotel was added. Pier 66's reputation grew during those boom years as did its need for more rooms.
One of the primary designers of its iconic 17-story tower was Richard F. Humble (1925-2011), a Phillips Petroleum architect. The addition was constructed in 1964 for nearly $6 million. The project included about 250 rooms and a revolving top floor cocktail lounge (open only for special events today); both opened in 1965 but not after some construction problems. The building leaned slightly to one side and was righted with extra fill. When completed, the resort sprawled across 22 acres and berthed 142 boats.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center sits facing the Intracoastal Waterway, offering panoramic water views through a soaring glass wall. It's 600,000 square feet of exhibit, conference and meeting space on three levels of expansive architecture and distinctive décor remind attendees of the destination's water culture. The center's exterior features a fountain plaza surrounding a 35-foot Kent Ullberg sailfish sculpture - dramatic by day and breathtaking by night. And all this is just a short drive from the airport, the beaches and downtown arts and entertainment district.
Port Everglades is Florida's "powerhouse port" and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. Located on the southeast coast of the Florida peninsula, Port Everglades is one of the top three cruise ports in the world, is among the most active containerized cargo ports in the United States and South Florida's main seaport for petroleum products such as gasoline and jet fuel.
Colee Hammock Park is a peaceful little spot on the water near Las Olas Boulevard. It is beautiful to look past the tall, old trees and shady lawn to the blue of the water beyond and the boats gliding by. Mansions line the shore of the waterway, making for a nice view. Couples sit on the benches enjoying the serenity.
Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization's visual history.
The Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, situated midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Its distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Located in Fort Lauderdale's active Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of vibrant Las Olas Boulevard as well as to the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade.
Briny Irish Pub has two restaurant locations, one in Riverfront in downtown Ft Lauderdale, and the other at Pompano Beach across the street from the Ocean. The two restaurants, including the most popular on the New River feature Steaks, Seafood and traditional Irish favorites. You will also enjoy an extensive selection of beer and drink specials while you listen to live bands or watch your favorite team in their flat screen T.V.'s
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale has its origin with the City of Fort Lauderdale. In December 1988, only three years after securing funding for a linear public park along the New River, the City established Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Take a walk along the beautiful and serene Riverwalk against the New River. Rent a bicycle, go on a Segway tour, take a yoga class, attend one of the many events that happen during the year.
The Museum of Discovery and Science is a museum located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in Florida, and has the most visitors of any museum in the state. The museum features its own AutoNation IMAX theater, and shows 3-D IMAX films in which viewers wear special glasses and headsets. The museum also features a number of "ecoscapes", as well as a simulated ride to Mars, a simulated airboat ride in the Everglades and a MaxFlight airplane simulator. Among the more popular aspects of the museum are the quantity and variety of Floridian animal species on display. The public are allowed to get quite close to the animal life such as otters, baby alligators, turtles, and a sea turtle, and the museum frequently has organized animal-centered demonstrations, or more informal meet-and-greets with native and exotic Florida fauna.
Other than the animals on display, the Museum of Discovery and Science currently features a Discovery Center for ages 7 and under, Go Green exhibit, Runways to Rockets including airplane simulators and information about space, Powerful You! exhibit, minerals and rocks on display, games, puzzles, Explore Store, food concessions, and a moving exhibit.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the destination of choice in South Florida for spectacular entertainment. Ranking among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world, the Center presents more than 700 performances each year to more than and 600,000 patrons.
Located on Riverwalk on the north side of New River, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.
Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1994, this statue on a marble base commemorates the life and heroic military service of Lt. Alexander Ramsay "Sandy" Nininger. The first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, Nininger grew up in Ft. Lauderdale.
Cooley's Landing Marine Facility is dedicated to the memory of William Cooley, one of Fort Lauderdale's founding settlers. It is situated next to the recently completed arts and science district, featuring the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science and Esplanade Park, with its navigational exhibits. In addition, the Himmarshee Historic District's shops and restaurants, as well as Las Olas Riverfront, a multi-million dollar entertainment complex, are within walking distance. The world famous Jungle Queen Riverboat passes by this beautiful area every day of the year.
From a humble, remodeled school building to a twenty-story skyscraper, Broward County's Courthouse has been rebuilt and reimagined for Broward County's ever-growing population and their changing needs. The newest courthouse tower, the Broward County Judicial Complex West Building, officially opened May 11, 2017. In celebration, the Broward County Historical Archives is exhibiting some of its extraordinary original courthouse objects, artwork, and documents.
The Government Center lobby hosts a display where visitors can view news clippings and small objects from the historic courthouses. Large courthouse artifacts and original government records are on exhibit just across Andrews Avenue at Main Library. The Main Library exhibit includes 1920s blueprints, historic mug shots and everyday office equipment used in the county courthouses.
The Main Jail is an eight-story maximum security facility adjacent to the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Built in 1985 at a cost of $41.6 million, it was originally designed to house 864 local and state inmates. In 1988 and again in 1992, capacity was expanded to 1,538 inmates. More than 400 sworn and civilian staff supervise the facility which also includes Central Intake Bureau (Booking) for all Broward County law enforcement agencies, pre-magistrate, Centralized Classification Intake assessment for all BSO detention facilities, an infirmary and administrative offices.
Situated on one of the oldest sites in Ft. Lauderdale, the Maxwell Room has a long and varied history. First erected in 1925, the structure was name the Maxwell Arcade for its developer, Fred Maxwell. The Arcade was, and remains today, a premier Boom period example of classic Mediterranean Revival architecture.
Since then the Mediterranean Village had housed many notable businesses, from photo shops to attorney's offices, restaurants to recording studios.When the Andrews Avenue bridge first opened in 1905, allowing easy access to the south side of the New River, Ft. Lauderdale experienced a rapid expansion. Soon, a seminole camp neighbored a fish packing house on the site, and by 1919 the city's first public tourist camp occupied the site, temporary abode of many "tin can tourists."
The Historic Downtowner is a true Fort Lauderdale Historic Gem. Dating all the way back to the Roaring 20's.
The hurricane of 1926 destroyed the Maxwell Arcade's electric-lit sign and much of the building — but the arcade lived on. Named after its developer, Fred Maxwell, it originally opened in 1925 and was an example of classic Mediterranean Revival architecture. The Downtowner Saloon, which has been open for 22 years, is now located at the site of the old arcade. The Downtowner has Sunday brunch, trivia Tuesdays, and live music on Saturday nights. Next door, the Maxwell Room hosts events such as weddings, receptions and corporate events.
This venerable estate and its grounds, located at 900 SW 5th Place, is affectionately known as "Historic Little Florida" because it looks strikingly similar to the Florida peninsula. Sitting on the divide of the North and South forks of the river, it is also a landmark for passing vessels.
What better way to spend an evening In Ft. Lauderdale than a riverboat cruise to s tropical isle for an All You Can Eat barbecue dinner of baby back ribs, chicken, peel and eat shrimp, and all the fixings, while listening to live music during dinner. Then, after dinner you'll be treated to an all new, laugh out loud variety show with a Polynesian fire dancer, hula dancers, comedians, and much more. Or, maybe you're just looking for spectacular afternoon cruise down the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's historic New River. See Millionaire's Row with homes of the Rich and Famous, spectacular mega yachts, and sights beyond belief. Then, the world-famous Jungle Queen Riverboat stops at a beautiful and lush tropical isle where you'll see exotic birds, monkeys, lemurs, and an exciting alligator show. And, make sure to stop by the concession stand for lunch or just some yummy snacks. And, if you'd like to take home some souvenirs, don't miss the gift shop, where they also serve delicious soft served ice cream and smoothies.