7 Reasons to Go to the Atlantic City Boat Show

Why Go to the Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show

By Brian Souders, Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show

You’ve seen the billboards and ads across town and on your phone. You may have even caught yourself singing along with the “Come on Down to the Boat Show!” jingle watching SportsCenter.  

But you still haven’t decided to brave the chill and join us at the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, February 26 - March 1st. Well, here are seven reasons why you should “Come on down to the boat show…”

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Check out amazing boats
If you love getting on the water, the Atlantic City Boat Show is just heaven. We have more than 500 boats on display, of almost every type and brand. We’re talking center consoles, sportfishing boats, family-friendly pontoons, ripping wake boats, even stand-up paddleboards. It’s fun to see all the cool innovations and eye-popping designs, all under one roof. Here’s the list of all the boat brands you can see at the show.

Shop for a boat
Unlike auto and most powersports shows, you can actually buy boats right at the event, from bass boats to kayaks. Our show is particularly great if you’re in the market for a new boat because you can shop several dealers and several boat types/brands in one place. Plus, boat and engine manufacturers often offer incentives in order to book sales well before the high season. Here are some more specific tips on shopping/buying at the show

Learn Stuff
The Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show offers lots of opportunities to become a better boater and angler. You’ll find just about everything to up your game, like Virtual Reality set-ups to improve your boat handling skills, and Q&A with experts on maintenance. You can even go really in-depth with specialized seminars by nationally renowned fishing experts on things like using NAVCOMs, striped bass techniques and fisheries management. Click for a schedule of educational offerings.

Get accessorized
Boat shows are also great places to find the latest gear to upgrade your current watercraft. More than 100 vendors offer accessories or lifestyle items to enhance your time on the water: personal flotation devices, marine electronics, custom paint, lighting, fishing tackle and more. If it’s for your boat, someone’s likely selling it. Browse all accessory vendors here.why go to show image

Book a dream trip
Among all the boats and boat stuff are some great resorts and outfitters ready to take you on the best trip of your life, say a Caribbean catamaran cruise or Canadian Muskie fishing trip.

It gets the kids out of the house!
At this time of year, we all want to get out of the house with family so we make the Atlantic City boat show a great time for kids. Kids love exploring all the different kinds of boats, of course (be sure to keep them close to keep them safe). But you’ll find tons of other kids activities, such as crafts, superhero appearances and even actual trout fishing! Full list of kids activities is here.

Cure your Winter Blues!
Finally, the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show is a great event for getting together with your boating friends now that the hectic holidays are over. You can meet at the show after work, grab a drink and some food and relive some great stories from last summer, or plan this season’s outings. Especially check out the “Super Thursday” event on Thursday night, with special discounts and entertainment—including the Captains Table Gala benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Let Us Eat, Please.

We hope to see you at the show! Buy your ticket here.