Interested in checking out some of the boat shows or festivals this summer? Many of the industries biggest boat shows are in the off season but there are still a lot of great small town boat shows held in the summer and even a few large international shows that are worth making the trip for. Whether you are in the market for a new boat or you just want to check out some impressive new yachts there are plenty of options. Here are just a few of the ski boat, yacht and classic boat shows in store for the 2012 summer worth considering. See if you can work some of these great events into your summer calendar.
July 5th -7th Cabo Marine Show
Cabo San Lucas – Baja California
This year will be the 3rd annual Cabo Marine Show, scheduled to take place in the center of the Cabo San Lucas Marina right in front of the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. This premier boat show is the only of its kind on the Baja California peninsula. In addition to a plethora of exhibitors there will be a shore-side used boat market. The boat shows starts and 3 pm and is free and open to the general public. If you are looking for hotel accommodations there are several options including the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort which is offering a boat show special with rooms starting at $85 per night if you book over the phone with the promotional code “Cabo Marine Show”.
July 6 & 7th Classic Boat Show
Village Casino – Bemus Point, New York
Each year the Chautauqua Lake twin tier boating club hosts the Classic Boat Show. The event celebrates the history, beauty and fun of classic wooden boats. In 2011 this quickly growing classic boat show grew from 50 to over 70 boats and is expected to become an even more impressive event this year. The event will kick off at the welcoming party held on Friday night at the Lawson Center Boating Heritage Museum. If you are looking for an opportunity to admire quality craftsmanship and enjoy the sunshine this is a great event.
July 13th – 22nd Dallas Summer Boat Show and Sale
Dallas Market Hall – Dallas, Texas
This busy Texas boat show boasts “great deals” for boating enthusiasts looking to invest in a new toy for the family. This boat show is a great place to check out the latest boat models as well as pick up docks, and all of your boating accessories. It starts at 3pm on Friday and ends Sunday evening at 6pm. If you know you are interested in a particular model of boat contact your boat insurance company ahead of time so that you have an idea of the boat insurance rates available.
July 20th – 22nd Green County RV & Boat Show
Expo Square – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Speed demons of every walk of life flock to this event where boats, RV’s and NASCAR all merge at this show Tulsa, Oklahoma. For only $8 for adult tickets (kids are free) you can meet NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer, drive the NASCAR simulator for a chance to win tickets to the Texas Motor Speedway and peruse all of the new ski boats, pontoons and motor homes available this year. You might need a new garage to hold all of the high performance goodies you pickup at this family friendly event.
July 20th & 21st LOMDA AquaPalooza Boat Show
Dog Days Bar & Grill – Osage Beach, Missouri
This is the Lake of the Ozarks biggest family boating event. The popular two-day boat show features hundreds of boats and attracts thousands of people. Friday you can check out all of the new boat models and visit with marina representatives and then Saturday take the family to Dog Days and enjoy live music and lots of activities at this on the water free event. If you’re a serious shopper you could pick up a new boat on Friday, get a boat insurance online quote and have your new boat in the water for the festivities on Saturday.
July 21st – 22nd Treasure Coast Marine Flea Market and Seafood Fest
Indian River County Fairgrounds – Vero Beach, Florida
If you’re looking for more than just a boat show check out this two day festival in Vero Beach featuring a boat show, flea market and seafood. You can see all of the hottest new bats on the market, pick up new boating gear and enjoy lots of fun food from grilled shrimp and chowder to funnel cakes. Tickets are only $7 for adults (kids under 12 are free) and there are lots of fun freebies including free fishing rods for the first 25 kids to arrive each day.
July 22nd Lakeside Wooden Boat Show
Hotel Lakeside – Lakeside, Ohio
July 26th – 29th San Diego Yacht & Boat Show
Sheraton Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island – San Diego, California
The Southern California Marine Association hosts this highly organized on the water attraction featuring over one hundred high end yachts, sailboats and sport fishing boats for you to tour. There are also a variety of ski boats, fishing boats and pontoon boats to see. If you are considering buying your first boat or upgrading to a new vessel the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show is a great place to go to find the perfect boat for you. If you do find the perfect boat to become a new member of your family make sure to call your boat insurance company to get an idea of what your rates would be or get a boat insurance quote online.
July 27th – 29th Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show
North End of Skaneateles Lake – Skaneateles, New York
This is a great family friendly event for classic boat enthusiasts. There are over 80 antiques and classic boats both in the water and on land, concerts, a boat parade, raffles and kids activities. All located on the north end of Skaneateles Lake, which is known for it’s crystal clear waters. If you are looking for summer boating entertainment that will capture the essence of an American summer vacation then this is the place for you.