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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.

The skyline of Fort Lauderdale takes on an entirely newfound beauty when you view it from the helicopter.

This article covers everything you must know before you book a 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 the most popular helicopter tour taking off from Fort Lauderdale.

During this 35-minute tour over Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, you see the region from a luxury of a helicopter.

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 daily

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 daily

Cost of the 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.

The tour’s highlights include 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 daily

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 daily

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

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What to expect

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.

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 Fort Lauderdale heli 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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