59th Annual Detroit Boat Show Opens this Weekend

February 11-19th

The 59th Annual Detroit Boat Show is the perfect way to cure your winter blues, with fun for the whole family. 

More than 100 of Michigan’s best boat dealers and marine businesses will be under one roof for 9 days of great prices, selection and services. This is your chance to see new 2017 product, get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories. Shop hundreds of fishing boats, pontoon boats, cruisers, ski boats wakeboard boats, inflatables and personal watercraft. Plus, get great prices on water toys, docks, decks, boat lifts, canvas, electronics, accessories and so much more! Other events will take place throughout the week, such as: 

The History of Boats and Bathing Suits

Take a stroll through history from the 1920s through today and see the evolution of boats and bathing suits. As the boats get bigger and more advanced, the bathing suits get smaller and more fashionable. This exhibit will be educational and fun with Gar Wood, Chris Craft and Century boats and mannequins sporting bathing suits through the ages.  The changes that come through this evolution of the bathing suit will astound people of all ages.

ODNR’s New Personal Watercraft Simulator

Don’t miss your chance to ride the Division of Watercraft’s new Personal Watercraft Simulator. The PWC Simulator is a real jet-powered watercraft mounted on a motion platform, giving the rider a virtual and realistic on-the-water adventure. The purpose of the simulator is not only to provide participants with a fun and interactive experience but also to educate riders on the unique operating characteristics of a jet-propelled vessel. Riders will enjoy the wind in their hair and the waves misting their face all while learning more about using a personal watercraft safely.

ODNR’s boating experts also will be available to provide information on boating skills courses, facilities, destinations, rules, and registration and titling requirements as well as tips to make the most of your boating and fishing season.

Anamorphic Chalk Art!

Bring your camera and get a fun picture in these life-like scenes.

Seminar Series!

Join us for the FREE seminar series on Saturday, February 18. Learn useful tips and tricks for boating, fishing and even cooking – featuring headlining act Mac & The Big Cheese!

Pirate Village – Fun for Scallywag’s of all ages!

  • Take a photo in the stockade
  • Sand box to dig for buried treasure
  • Parrot Toss – Try your hand at tossing a parrot for a friends competition with friends and family

Kids Sailing Simulator

Kids can get a feel for sailing without leaving the show. Certified ASA instructors will be on hand to offer a free sailing lesson and the chance to experience how a small boat reacts to the wind and waves right on the show floor (weight limitations). The simulator is one of only three in the entire US. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the Sailing Simulator is the only teaching device of its kind in the US. The simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail and mimicks the waves with wind in the sail. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re a new boater who wants to learn how to sail or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by and see for yourself how it really feels to sail—without leaving dry land!

The Show Hours are as Follows: 

February 11-19, 2017

Saturdays: 11am - 9pm
Monday through Friday: 3pm - 9pm
Sundays: 11am - 6pm

You can purchase tickets for the show here!

Click here to see the food options!

Children 12 & under FREE with an adult. 

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