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Florida Boat Shows: The Ultimate Guide [2021]



Going to a boat show?


Are you planning on going to a boat show? Maybe you have been eyeing a new boat from a distance and it's time to get up close to your dream watercraft.


Well, Florida is the perfect state to attend boat shows. Florida boat shows have some of the most prestigious and world-renowned boat shows in the world.


This comprehensive guide will list the names of popular boat shows in Florida, dates, ticket prices, boat show highlights, food, and travel suggestions.


What is a boat show?


Boat shows are large events that showcase boats, yachts, nautical gear, electronics, accessories, clothing, etc. Needless to say, boat shows are more than touring boats and luxury yachts.


You have access to boating brand representatives that can answer your questions and give detailed tours of the boats. While most boats are open to the public and some might be by appointment only (depends on the boat dealer's discretion).


If you have been are interested in a boat and would like a tour, it's always a good idea to contact the boat dealer prior to the show to inquire about scheduling a private tour, as some boats become extremely popular to board.


In addition to viewing boats, there are many exhibitors to visit as will be a great time to view the latest boating electronics, gear, sundeck fabric, lighting, anchors, generators, etc. You can usually find everything you're looking for (and didn't think you were looking for) at the large boat shows.


Seminars and Q & A sessions are also popular events that boat shows offer. Sometimes special ticketed events are held and the larger, more exclusive boat shows offer VIP tickets which include exclusive access to lounges, food, drinks, and private events/programs.


When are the Florida boat shows?


Most boat shows in Florida happen during the cooler months (hurricane off-season). However, you can usually find one happening in each season.


What type of weather to expect?

Weather in Florida is always unpredictable. Depending on which season the boat show is in, you may want to dress in layers.


For early fall boat shows, we suggest wearing short sleeves and shorts because it is still warm in the Sunshine state.


For late fall and winter boat shows, we suggest dressing in layers, warmer weather during the day, cooler in the evening.


Although a lot of boat shows are located in South Florida, it can be chilly in the winter months. The large Miami boat show is in February and the weather during this month can be unpredictable, so bring warm weather to cool weather (and a rain jacket).


How to purchase boat show tickets?


You can purchase most Florida boat show tickets online as well as the front entrance of the gate. We suggest that you first look online as some boat shows will offer ticket specials for purchasing advanced tickets and multiday tickets. Many boat shows offer free admission for kids (varies by age per show).


What is the typical boat show attire?


While there is usually not a dress code requirement, most boat show attire consists of dressy casual. But, it's really what you feel most comfortable wearing for the day's events.


Most importantly are the shoes that you wear to a boat show.


Wearing comfortable shoes that you can easily slip off before boarding a boat would be ideal (e.g., boat deck shoes, sandals).


Read our review of women's boat deck shoes here.


How has COVID-19 impacted boat shows?


Due to COVID-19, we suggest that you check each individual Florida boat show's website for additional information regarding dates, tickets, and boat show highlights. We have found that some boat shows have been postponed and some are moving forward with strict guidelines. You can find more information regarding COVID-19 on most Florida boat show's website listed below.





POPULAR FLORIDA BOAT SHOW LIST


This is a list of popular Florida boat shows. Please note that Florida boat shows are always happening so if you know of a great one that we missed, please comment below and we will add it to our list.


We have also featured a few highlights from each boat show but please check each show's individual website for additional experience offerings and up to date information as dates, prices, locations, and exhibitors can change (as we are not organizers of the boat shows).


Daytona Boat Show

January 15, 16, 17, 2021

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach


Tickets: check back for details

Highlights:

  • Central Atlantic's premier boat show

  • Variety of boats

  • Exhibitors

Find more information here.



Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show

Panama City Beach, FL

March 5-7, 2021


Find more information here.




Island Boat Show

January 22-24, 2021

Hawks Cay Island Resort- Duck Key


Tickets: $10 admission

Highlights:

  • Variety of boats

  • Fishing seminars

Find more information here.



Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIPBS)

October 27-21, 2021

Bahia Mar Yachting Center


Tickets: $34.00 Adults, Children under 5 are free with a paid adult

Highlights:

  • One of the largest boat shows in the world

  • Seminars

  • Special events

  • Culinary experiences

  • Newest in marine technology

  • Winward VIP experience

  • Superyacht Village (luxury boats over 300 feet)

Find more information here.




Fort Myers Boat Show- Details coming soon

Fort Myers, FL




Lakeland Boat Show- Details coming soon

Lakeland, FL

Find more information here.



Miami International Boat Show- Cancelled for 2021

February 17-22, 2022

Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key


Tickets: $30 Adult (13+), $55 for two-day pass (Friday–Monday, Februray 14-17), Children 12 and under are free (with a paid adult admission)

Highlights:

  • VIP experience

  • Educational programs

  • Virtual reality boating experience

  • Top sailboat brands

  • On-water training

  • Career day

  • Free water taxis and shuttles

  • Food/entertainment

Find more information here.



Miami Yacht Show- Postponed as of January 2021

Biscayne Bay


Tickets: Check back for details

Highlights:

  • More than 500+ boats and yachts (new and preowned)

  • Seminars

  • Free shuttles and water taxis

Find more information here.



Naples Boat Show

January 21-24, 2021

Naples Airport (land) and Naples City Dock (water)


Tickets: $12.00 General Admission, Kids 12 and under are free with paying adult

Highlights:

  • Complimentary transportation between Naples Airport and Naples City Dock

  • Boating and fishing seminars

  • Boating industry vendors and products

  • Free event parking

Find more information here.



Orlando Boat Show

March 5, 6, 7, 2021

Orange County Convention Center


Tickets: $9 Adult, Kids 12 and under are free

Highlights:

  • One of Central Florida's premier boat show

  • Over 500 boats on display

  • Fishing and Boating seminars

  • Boat giveaway

  • Kids activities

Find more information here.



Palm Beach International Boat Show

March 25-28, 2021

West Palm Beach, FL


Tickets: $22 Adults, Children (6-15) are$12, Children 5 and under are free

Highlights:

  • Everything from inflatable boats to super yachts

  • Seminars and classes

  • Free youth fishing clinic

  • VIP experience and lounge

  • Food and live music

Find more information here.



Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show

April 23-25, 2021

Marina Jack


Tickets: $16 Adults, Kids 15 and under are free

Highlights:

  • Various boat types: motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, bowriders, inflatables, etc.

  • Free kids fishing clinic

  • Food, drinks, and music

Find more information here.



St. Petersberg Power and Sailboat Show

January 14-17, 2021

Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin, and Albert Whitted Park


Tickets: $19 Adults, Kids 15 and under are free, free for veterans and active-duty military who show proof of military service.

Highlights:

  • Seminars for cruising and sailing

  • Free sailboat rides

  • Free kids fishing clinics

Find more information here.



Stuart Boat Show

January 15-17, 2021

Stuart, FL


Tickets: $14 Adults, $12 Veterans, $7 Children 12 and under (infants free)

Highlights:

  • Boats

  • Exhibitors

  • Seminars

  • Music/food/drinks

Find more information here.

Tampa Boat Show

September 10-12, 2021

Tampa Convention Center


Tickets: $12 (Ages 13 and up), Kids 12 and under are free

Highlights:

  • Hundreds of boats on display

  • Seminars

  • Virtual reality boating experience

  • Sunday family day

Find more information here.



Vero Beach Boat Show

April 10-11, 2021

Riverside Park, Vero Beach


Tickets: Free

Highlights:

  • Free admission

  • Free parking

  • Paddleboards, kayaks, variety of boats

  • Food and drinks

Find more information here.



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