The Top 7 Reasons to Attend the Discover Boating® New York Boat Show®

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It's finally here! The Discover Boating® New York Boat Show®, in partnership with Progressive Insurance®, is returning to the Javits Center January 24-28, 2024.

As your premier destination for boats, boating accessories, and on-the-water adventures, the Discover Boating New York Boat Show has something in store for every boating enthusiast. And with hundreds of new boats on display, plus ample activities to explore, this iconic event is ideal for first-time boaters and seasoned pros alike. 

Sound intriguing? Our Discover Boating New York Boat Show Guide has the insider scoop on what's to come. 

What to Expect at the Discover Boating New York Boat Show 

With so much to see and do, navigating a boat show can feel daunting (especially if it's your first time). If this sounds familiar, don't worry. Our team has narrowed down the top attractions in this Discover Boating New York Boat Show Guide: 

1.  Browse Our Boat Selection 

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The number one reason to attend the Discover Boating New York Boat Show is to buy a boat! As experts in the industry, we can attest that boat shows are the best place for both new and experienced boaters to purchase a vessel of their own, with hundreds of boat models and brands on display under one roof to compare side by side. 

We recommend checking out the Discover Boating New York Boat Show Boat Finder beforehand to make the most of your time. This digital tool lists every boat that will be featured at the show. Therefore, it’s easy to browse possible boats (filtering your results by boat type, price range, etc.) and determine your best options. 

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2. Relax at the Discover Boating Beach Club 


Does anyone else miss summer (the best time to be on the water)? Yeah, us too. That's why we'll be kicking it at the new Discover Boating Beach Club.

Expect tastings from notable local chefs and mixologists, a paddle sports pool (read on below for more info!), beach games, and more!

There's so much to do and see at the Discover Boating Beach Club, but a few highlights include:

  • The Opening Night VIP Party on Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. In addition to full show access, enjoy an oyster bar, a Boat Appetit chef demo with chef Kerry Heffernan, a beer and wine bar, and a live DJ. Buy your tickets today!
  • Water & Wellness hour on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, featuring live yoga sessions led by The Goddess Wisdom Council.
  • Boat Appetit Chef-Off and Mix-Off on Jan. 27 at 1 pm and 3 pm, showcasing boating-inspired culinary excitement, followed by the grand showcase on Sunday at 1 pm! These events will showcase Boat Appetit-inspired dishes and drinks specially curated for easy preparation on a boat. Esteemed celebrity judges and a lucky audience member will judge the dishes and drinks! 

3. Salute Our Heroes 

To express our gratitude for your service, all active and veteran military, first responders, and USCG & USCGA members will receive free admission on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Show your military ID (or equivalent) and a photo ID at Will Call to receive your complimentary boat show ticket!

4. Visit Fred’s Shed How-To Center, presented by Progressive® Insurance

New to boating? Are you having engine troubles? Or a maintenance issue you can't seem to fix? Stop by Fred's Shed How-To Center, and our tech experts will happily answer all your boating questions. And they'll have tips, tricks, and DIY advice ready for first-time skippers and experienced captains alike.

5. Test Your Paddle Sports Skills on the Water Indoors! 


Have you ever wanted to try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)? Well, now's your chance! 

Head to the Discover Boating Beach Club to begin your stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking adventure at the Paddle Sports Pool. Our professionals will supply everything you need to take a test ride, and there's no experience required.  

6. Build a (Toy) Boat in Space 864

Who doesn't love a souvenir? Your little skippers will have boatloads of fun crafting one-of-a-kind toy boats to bring home. Visit Space 864 on Wednesday - Friday from 3 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm to create your toy boat.

7.  Visit Conservation Village

Swing by Conservation Village in Space 665 to discover how recreational boating helps sustain our planet and waters for future generations.

This year, we're featuring Clean Earth Project, an eco-friendly lifestyle brand that raises awareness on reducing waste and creating a cleaner lifestyle. Plus, all Clean Earth Project product sales will support the organization's beach and community cleanup initiatives!  

Ticket Information

Have we yet convinced you to secure your Discover Boating New York Boat Show tickets? Fantastic! Purchase general admission tickets online for $18 per adult (aged 13 and older)Children aged 12 and younger get in FREE in the presence of a paying adult. 

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How to Get to the Show 

Are you planning on driving to the Discover Boating New York Boat Show? There are plenty of discounted parking options near Javits and Piers in the West 30s. Click the link below to learn more about getting to the Discover Boating New York Boat Show. 

Getting to the Show

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