Show Me the Boats:  New England Boat Show

Show Me the Boats: New England Boat Show

I am working with the New England Boat Show and have been provided passes to attend.

Summers on the Water

I used to spend every summer on the water.  We were not in fancy boats. We would rent a cottage north of Toronto and they often came with little motor boats to go out fishing.  There would often be a canoe too for a paddle around the lake.  When I was in college, I started sailing.  On trips to Maine we went on the occasional kayak journey.  I still like going out on the water in a motor boat best.  Simple is fine, but a luxurious Hinckley Picnic boat is divine.  I love the sea air, or lake breeze against my cheek and in my hair.  I love a dip in the water or a little time fishing for dinner.  There is something so calming and free about being out on the water.

New England Boat Show Here We Go

Since I enjoyed the New England International Car Show so much, I am really looking forward to seeing what the New England Boat Show is all about.  Just like the car show, you don’t have to be planning on buying a boat any time soon or at all to enjoy the show. Every good show has a little VR. The New England Boat Show attendees will be able to experience being at the helm of a boat mid-race, navigating the waters and all with Progressive’s Oculus Rift virtual reality experience.

Do Not Touch The Boats

For the younger children, there will be plenty of opportunities to get their hands on a boat.  The Touch-A Boat Tour offers photo ops and a children’s passport takes the family through 10 different stops throughout the show. Kids collect stamps for their passport at each stop.  You don’t have to worry about the children getting into too much trouble because they will be invited to climb onto a US Coast Guard Boat. They can clamber up on a life size whale (don’t worry Salt is just an inflatable Humpback) and make their own toy boat as a souvenir to bring home.

Isabelle on a boat looking back at the wake.
A summer evening on the water.

Learn Something New at The Boat Show

For the more experienced boaters, or curious minds, there will be everything from the boating career day run by the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association, fishing seminars, DIY workshops, and boating seminars. The discover boating center is there for those who don’t have their eye on a dream boat, or any boat at all, but want to explore the idea.

Henry and Lexi en route to Nantucket.

Fido on the Water

Pets are not invited to the show, but they can enter the Pets on Board Contest. Share your favourite photo of your pet living the boating life to win a pet life jacket.  Enter by bringing the photo to the Show, tagging #petsonboard or tagging #neboatshow.

The New England Boat Show will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210) from February 10th through February 18th.  Tickets are $16 for adults and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.  City Living Boston readers can buy one ticket and get one free here with the code BOATGO.


    1. Too cold for the boat show? The show is nice and cozy inside. Definitely too cold to go out on the water in February except for the fishermen and women who have no choice. As for the rest of us, we can peruse the show in the warm indoors and wait until spring to get out on the water.

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