2022 Florida Boat Shows You Don’t Want to Miss
When it comes to boating in the sunshine state, there's no real off-season. With mild weather year-round, near-endless coastline, and plenty of inland lakes, there's no shortage of opportunities to get out on the water. Residents and tourists alike come to Florida’s coast to fish, boat, and just enjoy the warm weather from sailboats to pontoons and everything in between.
With so many boat owners in Florida, it shouldn't surprise you to learn that the state is known for boat shows. If you’re planning a trip to Florida this summer or fall, or are a resident (and boat lover) who’s in the marketing for a new vessel, visit one of Florida’s finest boat shows! Here are five you don’t want to miss.
Orlando Fall Boat Show (August 12th-14th, Orange County Convention Center)
Dubbed Central Florida's premier boat show, the Orlando Fall Boat Show features more than 400 boats, and about 20 dealers representing 80 manufacturers. Designed to be fun for the entire family, attendees can fish in a virtual simulator, learn from the experts by attending an educational seminar, visit the fishing zone, and even catch a glimpse of "Twiggy," the water skiing squirrel. There are numerous kid-friendly activities and exhibits that youngsters can enjoy while parents browse for a new vessel.
The Orlando Fall Boat Show runs for four days at the Orange County Convention Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 12 and under can attend for free. Visit www.orlandoboatshow.com for more information.
Daytona Summer Boat Show (September 16th-18th, Ocean Center Daytona Beach)
Life is simply better with a boat – and the Daytona Summer Boat Show is here to help you make your next boat selection! With more than 15 vendors representing 80 manufacturers, the Daytona Summer Boat Show has plenty of boats on display and is fun for the entire family. Aside from browsing to find the boat that's right for you and your family, you can also take in live music and learn from the experts. Tickets to the show are $5 per person and kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Learn more at www.daytonaboatshow.com.
Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show (September 24th-25th, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center)
Admission is free for this 51,000-square-foot boat show that features both indoor and outdoor space to browse the boats and talk with vendors and manufacturers. The Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show offers more than just the opportunity to shop for boats. This Florida boat show also features $20,000 prizes and giveaways, end-of-season discounts on boats and other marine equipment, free health care screenings and evaluations, and more! Learn more at www.paradisepromotionsfl.com/home-show.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (October 26th-30th, Various Locations)
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place across seven locations in the area, ranging from the Broward County Convention Center to the Pier 66 Marina. Featuring the largest in-water presence of boats and marine exhibits, this five-day show draws about 100,000 attendees every year. With more than 1,000 brands and about 1,300 boats on display, this show is a must-see.
The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a can't-miss event for any boat lover in Southern Florida. Even if you’re just visiting the area, stop in a enjoy the show! Hotel specials are available for those traveling in from out of town.
Ticket prices for the show vary on how long you want to attend. For example, an adult one-day ticket is $39, while a two-day ticket is $66. Tickets for kids are $15 for one day. VIP tickets start at $300 per person. For more information on this boat show, visit www.flibs.com.
Vero Boat Show (November 19th-20th, Riverside Park)
Though a much smaller show, the Vero Boat Show is a must-see event for anyone in the area interested in purchasing or learning more about the benefits of boat ownership. Parking and admission to the event are free, and local dealers and suppliers will be on hand to exhibit all of their offerings. In addition to boats, attendees can browse kayaks, paddleboards, marine accessories, and other nautical accessories. You can even chat with financial services and insurance providers on site. To learn more, visit www.verobeachboatshow.com.
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