By Amy Ford
It’s that time of year again. The holidays have come and gone, and the mind once again wanders to thoughts of warm weather and boating. The good news is that the spring boat show season is upon us, and there are plenty of fun, family-friendly events that are sure to satisfy your cravings to cruise! Convention center floors filled with beautiful boats, exhibit halls overflowing with experts in every field of boating and conference rooms hosting seminars on everything from docking to diving.
February 28-March 3, 2018
Atlantic City Boat Show
Atlantic City, NJ
Three hours north of Washington, DC is the Atlantic City Boat Show. This 5-day event is unique and fun! There you will find hundreds of boats and boat dealers, dozens of fishing and boating seminars, as well as sand artists, live music, wing eating contests and classic/vintage boat displays. For the mini-mariners in your life, the list of activities includes boat building, paddle boarding 101 and introductory seminars like Junior Captain and Kids’ Boating. Adult tickets are $16 and kids under 12 get in for free.
March 9-11, 2018
Greater Philadelphia Boat Show
Gather the entire family up for a field trip to the city of brotherly love, and while you’re there, stop in and check out the 18th annual Greater Philadelphia Boat Show. This 3-day event will showcase hundreds of boats and features boat dealers from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Adult tickets are $10 and kids under 16 are free.
April 20-22, 2018
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Enjoy a stroll along the Annapolis waterfront as you commune and celebrate with fellow sailboat enthusiasts at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show. Board hundreds of sailboats, chat with dozens of brokers, peruse wares from several vendors, sample some of the best local seafood and spirits and enjoy one of the in-water and on-land exhibitions. Adult tickets are $12 and children under 12 are free.
April 27-29, 2018
Bay Bridge Boat Show
With more than 400 powerboats from over 35 manufacturer’s, and more than 100 exhibitors, the Bay Bridge Boat Show is largest in-water boat show north of Florida. Bring the family out for a day on the bay as you partake in a demo ride at the Prop Talk Demo Dock and let the kiddos go wild inside the moon bounce. Adult tickets are $12 and children under 12 are free.