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All Aboard the Jungle Queen

By Steven O. Evans, PhD

The Jungle Queen Riverboat is a must see for anyone visiting Fort Lauderdale. Guests will experience a little southern hospitality on this “all you can eat cruise.” Enjoy humorous commentary by your guide about the sights and beautiful homes you will see as you sail up the New River, past Millionaire’s Row, en route to a tropical isle to enjoy dinner and a show. You’ll also see rare birds, monkeys, and an alligator exhibit. You’ll be returned to the dock on a moonlit ride. Beginning in 1935, over 18 million guests have enjoyed this magnificent attraction. You can expect an evening full of laughs and joy. The Jungle Queen has the longest continuously running variety show in the United States.

The Cruises

90 Minute Morning Sightseeing Cruise

Departs: 11:00AM, Daily, year-round

Rise and shine! This fully narrated morning cruise travels down the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale’s New River, through Millionaire’s Row where guests will see the homes of the rich and famous. In addition, guests will see spectacular mega yachts and other sights that are beyond belief. We don’t want to give too much away and spoil all the surprises!

90 Minute Afternoon & Evening Sightseeing Cruise

Departs: 4:30PM Thursday – Sunday, year-round & 7:00PM, Thursday – Sunday, December thru August.

The same as the morning cruise, only in the afternoon and evening!

Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise & Tropical Isle Tour

Departs: 1:30PM, Daily, year-round

This is a treat you don’t want to miss. The Jungle Queen’s Spectacular Afternoon Tropical Isle Sightseeing Cruise travels the same path as the 90-minute cruises, but this adventurous cruise takes you to their own lush tropical isle where guests can watch an alligator show, see tropical and exotic birds, lemurs, and monkeys. Have you ever wanted to hold a baby alligator or bird? Well, this cruise allows you the chance to do so. In addition, this cruise offers food and drinks. The extensive concession stand menu offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chips, ice cream, soda, and much more.

Jungle Queen Sightseeing Dinner & Show Cruise

Departs Tuesday – Sunday, 6:00PM – December thru August & Wednesday – Sunday, 6:00PM – September thru November.

If you thought the other cruises were spectacular, just you wait. The Jungle Queen Sightseeing Dinner & Show Cruise travels down the same path, but this time, guests are treated to an all-you-can-eat dinner featuring barbeque baby back ribs, chicken, peel and eat shrimp, and all the sides you are bound to love. Live entertainment during dinner, and a laugh out loud variety show after dinner. Be sure to take a few minutes to tour the magnificent tropical isle with lush foliage, exotic animals, and a gift shop that includes delicious soft serve ice cream. The perfect after dinner treat!

To confirm availability of cruises, please visit www.JungleQueen.com or call the box office at (954) 462-5596.

Large Groups

The Jungle Queen is great for groups of 15 or more passengers. The group planners will work with you one-on-one to make sure you have a memorable experience. From scheduling to pricing, the staff will work to accommodate most requests. Let the Jungle Queen help you create memories.

Camp and Schools

The Jungle Queen is not just a tourist attraction for locals and outsiders, it is also an educational experience for camps and school groups. Fun and interesting, the Jungle Queen can organize tours and field trips with knowledgeable tour guides that will entertain and educate groups on popular landmarks, fun facts about the history of Fort Lauderdale, and culture in a way that will surely capture the attention of a child.

The Jungle Queen also provides service for corporate functions, anniversaries, family reunions, graduations, engagements, sweet 16, birthday parties, and more. To find out more information, fill out a form on junglequeen.com or call the Group Department at (954) 771-1221 – extension 2, then again extension 3. Affordable packages are available.

My Own Jungle Queen Adventure

My friend Arthur and I had the pleasure of experiencing the Jungle Queen first hand on it’s Sightseeing Dinner & Show Cruise. Just as the Jungle Queen advertises, we both enjoyed a night of laughs, great food, and entertainment. We still comment about what a great evening we had.

The boat is a Fort Lauderdale icon, and getting to actually sail on it was a truly unique experience. Throughout the ride, our tour guide provided us and fellow passengers with interesting information about the Jungle Queen, the homes we saw, Fort Lauderdale, and the rest of South Florida. Although legitimately funny, there were the cheesy jokes made famous by this tour.

During dinner, we both enjoyed the delicious food of ribs, chicken, shrimp, and all the fixin’s. Dinner was served up with great service and live music.  After dinner, the live show included a comedy act, magic, and music, and even a fire entertainer. We walked the grounds, enjoying the exotic animals, while having time to relax and enjoy the lush South Florida landscaping.  

The Jungle Queen is a Fort Lauderdale treasure. I would highly recommend visitors and locals to experience the Jungle Queen. You will not regret it.