"Venice of America" RIVER LESSON & TOUR
The World Famous "Venice Of America" Paddle board Tour is the brainstorm of Founder, Brian Galton! Before Sunrise Paddle boards recruited any Instructors, the plan had already been studied for a full year and then we set out to find locals who had a passion to share the River with our visitors. The Tour has already been selected "Best In Town" and in its first year has already had thousands of visitors with raving reviews. We are proud to be the creators of the Venice Of America Tour, which others have imitated, but never duplicated. The New River offers incredible landscapes and scenery like nothing else in the world. The canals house Mega Yachts to the rich and famous and they dock at luxurious homes that can only be seen by river as many are inside of secured gated communities. Trip Advisor says the only way to travel the Intracoastal to really see things up close and personal is by Sunrise Paddle baords and we agree! That was our intention from day one and we couldnt be happier to have a 95% Excellent Customer Satisfaction rating from third party vendor surveys. The Tour has become so popular that we now often add a third daily Tour on the weekends as demand has created Sold Out Tours almost every weekend with often over 100 Paddle boarders per weekend getting a Lesson and Tour for a tremendous and affordable value.
Experiencing a relaxing journey from Fort Lauderdale's Barrier Island to the Riverfront in Las Olas with professional and frindly guides is a once in a lifetime occurence for Tourist. However, you would be surprised to know how many locals repeat the Tour as it changes everyday. We navigate different routes each day based upon current, wind conditions, and other factors to make the the tour safe, fun, and inviting for all ages. Look out for Manatees as we take you through a portion of the miles of navigable inland waterways that make up New River, winding past the palatial estates, multi-million dollar luxury yachts, and natural areas of Fort Lauderdale's intracoastal and river system.
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Yachting Capital of the World and hosts the largest International Boat Show in the world with over 3 billion dollars in private yachts. (Usually the last weekend in October or first weekend in November) Needless to say, paddle boarding is the best way to seem them! You may even glide your board from the small wakes as yachts and boats pass us and all while enjoying the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway system that stretches from Maine to Miami! Our port plays host to as many as 18 cruise ships in a day, sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to marquee destinations throughout the Caribbean. Two of the world's largest and most advanced cruise ships, the Allure of the Seas and her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, also call our port home. The waterfront homes we'll see along the way have earned Fort Lauderdale its reputation as the "Venice of America." (See list below!) Along the Tour, we can answer questions about things to do, places to visit, to shop or which of the many world class dining restaurants to choose! Or you can just become one of our many sun-seekers from all over the world that come to Fort Lauderdale to do business, relax, and play!
Here are just a few of the Rich & Famous Home and or Yachts that decorate our Intracoastal Waterways, Rivers, and Canals:
Wayne Huizinga (Founder Waste Management, AutoNation, and Blockbuster)
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
John X. Watson (CEO of Sunglass Hut)
Johnny Weismuller, aka "TARZAN"
Tom Bodett (CEO of Motel 6)
Sonny and Cher
Rick Hendrick (Nascar)
Wendy Thomas (Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy's)
Michael Mann (Shot last 5 Episodes of Miami Vice)
John G. Stumpf (CEO of Wells Fargo)
Easy Rider Magazine