Tips for Fort Lauderdale Air Show Weekend
• Avoid the main roads. There will be lots of car traffic, and congestion is bound to happen, especially on Sunrise Blvd, US1, and A1A. A1A will be closed from Sunrise Blvd north to 14th CT. from May 4th to May 9th. Take the back roads or the water taxi to get to the beach, or park a little further away and ride your bike, or use a ride sharing service such as UBER or Lyft.
* If you are coming from the north, try taking Bayview Dr. You can pick it up from NE 26th street, Oakland Park, or even Commercial Blvd, and take it all the way south to Sunrise Blvd. It ends right at Sunrise, and you can then go right across and park at the Galleria Mall. Parking at the Galleria opens at 8 am and will be $20. You can buy them in advance here to guarantee you have a spot.
* You can also try parking behind the new Publix on Sunrise (just north of the Galleria). This is a parking lot that many people do not know about. If you come down Bayview Dr., turn east at 11th street and you will see the large lot behind the Publix.
• If you want a good spot on the beach arrive early. Gates open at 9 am and the performances start at 11 am and go until 3pm Saturday and Sunday
• Plan on being in the sun. This weekend looks like it will be perfect for the show, nice and cool with lots of sun, and shade is very scare in this section of Fort Lauderdale Beach
* Make sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water. Grab some sun block at Banyan Pilot Shop if you’re in the area!
* Coolers without alcohol are allowed. Drinks and food are also available for purchase at the event with cash and credit card.
* Bring sunglasses and a hat. Banyan Pilot Shop has a large selection of sunglasses from Ray-Bans to Oakleys and more.
* You are allowed to have one handheld or personal beach umbrella but tents will not be allowed.
• Bring ear protection. If you have never been to an air show, some of the performances can be quite loud, and may bother small children and people with sensitive hearing.
* Simple foam earplugs are adequate, and if you don’t have that Cotton balls can work too. Our pilot shop also carries Mutt Muffs so your four-legged friend has protection too!
• Don’t have tickets, or don’t want to spend the money? Free viewing is available in the areas north of 14th CT, and South of Sunrise Blvd. but the main performances take place just in front of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park expect these areas to be crowded though, but remember this is an AIR SHOW, everything will be happening overhead and you should still have a decent view.