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Fort Lauderdale helicopter tour – cost, timings, routes, what to expect


Fort Lauderdale offers fantastic vistas for those who are willing to strap on the seatbelt and go up on a helicopter tour.

Besides the adrenalin rush, you also see the major landmarks, beaches, wildlife in the water, and skyline of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Key Biscayne from a different perspective. 

In this article, we share everything you must know before you book your Fort Lauderdale helicopter tour.

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale Helicopter Tour

Route of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Helicopter Tour
Map Courtesy: Keen-fly.com

This tour is also known as “Feel the Skies” and is the most popular helicopter tour taking off from Fort Lauderdale.

During this 35-minute tour over Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, you see the region from a different perspective – the buildings, mansions, constructions, to the variety of wild-ocean life. 

Around the Ft. Lauderdale Port Everglades, you can witness boats, cruise ships, and cargo ships from high up in the air.

Visitors also see dolphins, sharks, turtles, rays, manatees, and more when flying over the water along the beach.

Some of the highlights are Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Port Everglades, Sunny Isles Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Port of Miami, etc. 

Since it consistently gets high ratings from tourists, this activity is Viator’s Badge of Excellence winner.

Timings: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Cost of the tour: US$313 per person

Sunset helicopter tour over Lauderdale & Miami

If you are a couple and want to add a dash of romance to your helicopter tour, we recommend the sunset tour. 

The sun’s Golden hue touches everything you see, and when it dips below the horizon, you see unparalleled, colorful views of the city’s skyline.

The 30-minute sunset helicopter tour is the second most popular tour flying out of Ft. Lauderdale.

It follows the same route as the previous tour, just that the timing is different. 

This sunset tour also gets high ratings from tourists, making it a Viator’s Badge of Excellence winner.

Timings: 6 pm, 6.30 pm, and 7 pm. 

Cost of tour: US$413 per person

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale & Key Biscayne Helicopter Tour

Fort Lauderdale to Key Biscayne heli tour
Map Courtesy: Keen-fly.com

If you want more air time, we recommend this 45-minute helicopter tour which starts from Ft. Lauderdale and goes up to Key Biscayne island and back.

Also known as the ‘Sky’s the Limit’ tour, the highlights are: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Port Everglades, Sunny Isles Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Port of Miami, and Key Biscayne.

This activity is also a private tour, which means you get the whole helicopter to yourself. 

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Cost of tour: US$378 per person

Private HOUR Helicopter Tour Lauderdale -Everglades -Miami Beach

This is an ideal helicopter tour for you if you are looking for a complete personalized heli tour over Fort Lauderdale.

This guided tour takes you from North to South through the shoreline and the bay, covering Fort Lauderdale, Everglades, Hollywood, and Miami Beach.

Witness a variety of wild-ocean life up close, like see dolphins, sharks, turtles, rays, manatees, and more, as you make your way through the skies over the ocean.

You will get to see everything from beaches like Miami Beach and Sunny isles Beach to landmarks like Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Casino on this 1-hour tour.

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Cost of tour: US$1200 per group (up to 3)

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What to expect from Fort Lauderdale take off

All helicopter tours taking off from Ft. Lauderdale come with narration by the pilot.

From where do helicopters take off?

The Fort Lauderdale aerial tours take off from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport

Address: Keen Fly, 1805 NW 51st Place, Hanger 2. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309. Get Directions

Note: Keen Fly is located at the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport on the Commercial Blvd entrance. From East to West, turn right at the NW 15th Ave light First left turn Turn right on the Stop sign Go left on the round-point Park at your right.

We recommended that you arrive at the Heliport at least 30 minutes before your scheduled helicopter tour.

The location is near public transportation.

After your sightseeing trip is over, you will land at the same place from where the helicopter took off.

Keen Fly offers car pick-up and drop upon request at an additional cost.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter rides over Ft. Lauderdale.

No passenger must exceed 129 Kg (285 Pounds). Passengers weighing more than the limit must purchase a second seat at half the price.

A minimum of two and a maximum of three passengers are required on these tours, failing which, it will be canceled.

Infants and children are allowed onboard, but infants must sit on the caregiver’s lap throughout the flight.

The tours are not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions

A valid photo ID is required.

No pets are allowed onboard except service animals.

Check-in at least 30 minutes early.

Flight times are approximate based on winds, weights, and conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Exclusions of the air tour

Fort Lauderdale heli tours do not include US$30 per pax Airport fee payable directly to Keen Fly.

Doors off option is available upon request at US$50 per pax extra, not included in the fare.

Airport/Departure Tax are excluded from your ticket.

Your ticket price is also not inclusive of gratuities, refreshments, photos for souvenirs, and personal expenses.

Accessibility to the tour

The tours are completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

Cancellation policy

Even though the helicopters and pilots are available for taking off throughout the day, the experience requires good weather. 

If your air trip above Fort Lauderdale and Miami gets canceled due to bad weather, you will be given the option of rescheduling or receiving a full refund.

You can cancel your heli tour at least 24 hours before the adventure begins to receive a full refund.

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