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The Top 5 Yacht and Boat Shows to Attend in the USA

If you’re a Yacht or Boat enthusiast, then you’ve probably attended, or will attend a boat show in the USA. Yacht and Boat shows are a fantastic way to broaden your horizons, spend your free time, and experience open water luxury before making a purchase or rental for yourself.

Consider this blog your quick guide to the top 5 yacht and boat shows in the USA.

1. Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

There’s simply not a better place to start this list than the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Arguably one of the biggest boat shows in the USA, the Ft. Lauderdale International boat show is distinctly the biggest in the USA, spanning over 278,000 meters of space in seven different locations.

The show is actually something special when it comes to convenience. The official website lets you download the FLIBS app, which gives you access to the exhibitor and products directory, schedules for exclusive shows and allows you to navigate the event with an in-app map.

2. New Port International Boat Show

Rhode Island has its second feature on this list with the Newport International Boat Show. Despite being a tiny state, Rhode Island shows up big with an incredible show spread over 13 acres of waterfront.

You can stroll along the docks soaking in some of the world’s finest sailboats and powerboats and even catch some that are making their debut in the US.

If you’re interested in making a purchase, then this show is definitely the one for you, since it features a pre-qualification financing program that lets you start the purchasing process responsibly.

Of course, the landbound side of the show features all of the trinkets and fixtures that you could hope for. So feel free to check them out and find new ways to enhance your next adventure.

3. The Mid-America Boat Show

The fact that this show is held in Cleveland, Ohio should be a dead giveaway that it’s being held indoors.

The Mid-America boat show is touted as the largest indoor boat display in the world and happens to be in the top 15 boat shows in all of the USA. The show designers have made it their business to curate the experience as much as possible for different segments of their audience.

Beginners, Intermediate boaters and seasoned veterans all experience unique educational tracks, which feature seminars like “Boating in the Lake Erie Islands” and “How to be a Great First Mate.”

4. The Seattle Boat Show

The Seattle boat show enters this list as the first hybrid, indoor-outdoor boat show experience. Taking place every February, this show is filled to the brim with engaging activities and displays for avid boat lovers.

You’ll find things like The Long Putt Challenge, which gives participants a shot at winning at least a $50 gift card and guarantees them a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a Complimentary round.

Of course, you’ll also find the traditional fixtures of any boat show- exhibitors and salespeople hoping to get you on a vessel or deck out your next ride to be as smooth as possible.

2. The Providence Boat Show in Rhode Island

The providence boat show is hosted in its namesake, Providence, Rhode Island, and features a wide range of vessels, including fishing boats, casual sailing boats, and even GENUINE sailboats. You’ll find fewer of the luxury yachts on display here, but in exchange, you may discover that you have a real love for the outdoors.

The Providence boat show is focused mainly on empowering boat and outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy their hobbies to the fullest. You’ll find products for a wide range of hobbies including water sports, camping, and fishing.

Exhibitors tend to offer special show discounts and boat sales aren’t taxed in Rhode Island- meaning you save even more on your purchases!

Bonus Yacht Show

The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

This show is Florida’s second showing on this list and the results of a collaborative effort between the former Miami Yacht Show and the Miami International Boat Show.

Here you can experience what the largest presence of boats and marine exhibits in Florida has to offer. The show spans five entire days and showcases more world and US debuts than any other boat show in the United States.

You can relax and enjoy a plethora of delectable cuisine, memory-making entertainment options, and of course their coveted activity zones including the aqua zone and costa conservation village.


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