7 Reasons to Visit the Discover Boating® Minneapolis Boat Show®

Last Updated - Jan 17, 2024

Can you believe it? The Discover Boating® Minneapolis Boat Show®, in partnership with Progressive® Insurance, is returning to the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 18-21, 2024. And take it from us; you don't want to miss it!

Boat shows are a water-lover's paradise. Not only will we display many boat brands and models under one roof, but there will also be nautical activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. 

Stay tuned, as this boat show guide reveals everything you need to know to make the most of your excursion. 

Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show Guide: What to Expect

Because there's so much to see and do, navigating boat shows can sometimes feel overwhelming. Our Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show guide lists our must-see attractions to help you navigate the show:

1. Buy a Boat

If you're new to the boating industry, boat shows are the ideal place to purchase a vessel. Unlike regular dealers or brokers, boat shows display various boats and models side by side. As you can probably imagine, comparing your options is easy. 

If you're looking for a variety of boat types, you've come to the right place. There will be hundreds of pontoons, wake sport boats, small cruisers, and other boat types, and the show will also feature all major engine brands.

Before attending the show, check out Discover Boating’s Minneapolis Boat Finder. This tool lets you browse this year’s featured boats and determine which models are good options. 

Check Out Our Boat Finder Tool

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2. Escape Winter at the Land of 10,000 Lakes 

Are you starting to get tired of the cold weather? (Don't worry – us too.) Stop by booth 803 to relax and socialize with your crew at our Minnesota-inspired oasis. 

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

If you have boat or engine questions, our tech experts are here to answer them! They'll offer tips, tricks, and DIY advice for first-time boaters and seasoned pros alike.

4. Check Out Antique & Classic Boats 

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Boating enthusiasts and nautical history buffs will enjoy this fascinating display of antique and classic boats. Thanks to the Bob Speltz Land O'Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society for curating this captivating showcase!

5. Donate a Coat and Receive a Gift from GMC 

Make a difference this winter by donating a new or gently used coat! Simply donate a coat at the show office in Lobby D on Thursday, January 18, and receive a complimentary ticket and a special thank-you gift from GMC while supplies last. Your generosity will support Joseph's Coat Minnesota in its efforts to provide warmth to those in need. 

6. Enjoy Live Music

Enjoy live music from local musician Jackson Burn! Catch his live performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Don't miss out on the chance to immerse yourself in the rhythms of this talented artist during your visit! 

7. Explore the Latest in Marine Innovation

Don't miss the unveiling of the latest in marine innovation at Booth 803! Join us Wednesday evening, January 17, to witness the debut of the Minneapolis Innovation Awards winners. Get an exclusive look at the most cutting-edge boats and marine products before they hit the market. Plus, throughout the show, explore the winners and contestants on display. Be among the first to experience the future of marine technology and craftsmanship!

Ticket Information

Have we convinced you to buy tickets to the Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show yet? General admission for adults aged 13 and older is $13 online and $15 on-site (and children 12 and younger are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult).  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show:

Is There Parking Available? 

Yes! Parking options are available around the Minneapolis Convention Center (ranging from $5 to $15). Additionally, the skyway system makes it uber-easy to get from your car to the show. 

Is the Show Handicapped-Accessible?

The Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show is very handicapped-accessible. Mobility equipment rentals are available at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  

Can I Leave and Come Back? 

If you must leave the show for whatever reason, rest assured that you can return on the same day. Simply grab a wristband on your way out. However, tickets are only valid for the day they're purchased.