Our Guide to the Discover Boating® Atlantic City Boat Show®

Ahoy Mateys! The Discover Boating® Atlantic City Boat Show® (in partnership with Progressive® Insurance) is returning to the Atlantic City Convention Center on March 1–5, 2023. 

As your one-stop shop for boats, boating accessories, and on-the-water adventures, the Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show has something in store for every boater . Not only will there be hundreds of vessels on display, but there will be plenty of interactive boating exhibits the whole family will love. 

Want to learn more about this exciting show? Keep reading to discover all that awaits you in this Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show Guide!

Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show: Top Attractions

There’s no denying that boat shows have plenty of exciting exhibits and attractions. To narrow things down, this Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show Guide reveals our top picks: 

1. Browse and Buy the Boats

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time boater or a seasoned pro; boat shows are the ultimate place to buy a vessel of your own. Why? Well, because you’ll find hundreds of boat brands and models side-by-side, it’s easy to compare options and find one that works for you. 

Before heading to the show, we recommend checking out our Boat Buyer’s Guide. This digital resource addresses all your questions from working with boat dealers, to getting a boat loan to how to evaluate a boat’s safety features  and more.  

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Another resource we recommend checking out is the show’s Boat Finder. This online tool lets you browse the boats featured at this year’s show, and you can pre-determine options that might be right for you. 

Check Out Our Boat Finder Tool

2. Explore Fred’s Shed How-To Center (Presented by Progressive® Insurance)

Don’t forget to visit the experts at Fred’s Shed How-To Center! They’ll share tips, tricks, and DIY advice relevant to every boater. Stop by with your boating questions and maintenance issues, and they will be happy to help you. 

3. Test Your Boating Skills

Have incredibly insane boating skills? Put them to the test at the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer! Grab your buddies and get hands-on practice docking, making pivot turns, stopping, and more using a real Mercury throttle and steering wheel.   

4. Learn the Art of Casting

Are you interested in ramping up your fishing skills? Learn the art of casting from the experts at Goose Hummock, a leading Northwest Saltwater Fishing Outfitter. The best part? All pointers will be given atop a 30-foot fishing tank. And, of course, they will be accompanied by the top names in saltwater fishing gear, products, and services.  

5. Experience Paddle Sports

Ever wanted to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)? Well, now is your chance! The Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show has plenty of on-water demos and test runs for guests to enjoy (shoutout to Fin-atics Marine Supply of Ocean City, NJ.) The paddle pool is open to anyone aged ten and older on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

6. Learn About Fishing via Seminars

The Fisherman magazine will host several fishing seminars that reveal expert tips and tricks. Swing by for insider info covering a wide variety of fishing topics—from proper rigging for big-game fishing to offshore angling to landing a trophy striper (and everything in between). 

7. Check Out the Classic and Race Boats on Display

Who wouldn’t want to step back in time and experience classic and vintage boats dating back 72 years? The classic boats on display at the Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show include a restored 1951 wooden Chris Craft Holiday . 

8. Watch Professional Sand Artwork Get Created

Professional (and award-winning!) sand artist, John Gowdy, will be here transforming a pile of sand into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Make sure to snap a photo to show your friends and family back home. 

9. Have Boatloads of Fun on the Water

Don’t worry—the Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show is very family-friendly. Bring your young mariners by Space P2, where they can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat.

10. Build a Boat of Your Own

Once they are done paddling, little skippers can continue having boatloads of fun creating one-of-a-kind toy boats of their own. The best part? They can bring them home as a show souvenir! 

11. Learn How to Keep Our Waters Clean in Conservation Village

Do you know how recreational boating works to sustain our planet/waters for future generations? If not, the exhibitors at Conservation Village can tell you all about it! 

The featured displays include the First Annual New Jersey Says No to Plastic Contest (showcasing projects completed by local elementary, middle, and high school students) and the Clean Earth Project (a women-owned lifestyle brand that works to cultivate cleaner lifestyles). 
Now that you know all about the exciting attractions you can expect at this year’s show, it’s time to buy tickets! General admission (aka those aged 13 and older) costs $20, and children (12 and younger) are FREE with a paying adult. You can purchase your tickets online at the link below. 

Buy Tickets Here

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