Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2021 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.
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Discover Boating Experience—The Hub for Boaters

Education and inspiration for your boating lifestyle. Offering hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers, the Discover Boating Experience (DBX) is staffed by a crew of experts who are eager to share their nautical knowledge with you. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more. Stations include:

  • Discover Boating—Learn which boat is right for you
  • Boat Care—Keep your boat in ship-shape
  • Conservation— Learn about National Marine Sanctuaries around the US
  • Product Innovation—Discover the latest in gear & technology
  • Main Stage: Hear from leading boating and outdoor enthusiasts

DBX offers a seating lounge where you can relax with a drink, find inspiration for your on-water adventures. Enjoy live music on the weekends.

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Go Fishing Friday

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Find all things fishing on Friday at the show.  Enjoy a fish fry, sharpen your angling skills at one of the Discover Fishing seminars, or enter the Friday Fish Fighting Tournament.  Think you have what it takes to land the winning fish?!  Stop by the virtual fishing simulator with your friends and battle to earn the best score for a chance to win some great giveaways from Joey’s Rod Building, Connley Fishing, Meyers Pro Tackle, Sea Gear and Shark Tested Optics.

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Don’t miss Twiggy, the water skiing squirrel. Twiggy will amaze and entertain you as she skis behind a radio-controlled boat that cruises around a custom-made heated pool.

Wed-Fri: 4pm, 6pm

Sat: noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

Sun: noon, 2pm, 4pm

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Sand Art

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Watch award winning professional sand sculptor John Gowdy transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art.

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Come visit the Progressive booth for education and inspiration to help you get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also:

  • Boost your boating IQ with an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses
  • Spin the Progressive compass for your chance to win a branded takeaway item
  • Get answers to boating questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts about boat coverage

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.


  • Ask a Captain
  • Boating Apps & Tablets
  • Docking De-Stressed
  • 10 Steps to Being a Good Gilligan
  • Get Your Captains License
  • Gateway to Boating
  • Trailering (Hooking Up)
  • Maintenance 101

Hands-On Interactive:

  • Electronics 101 (SS Neversail)
  • Docking Pool
  • Line Handling
  • Trivia
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Virtual Fishing Simulator

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Feel the strike! Watch the rod bend! Experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom! This interactive fishing simulator is as "reel" as it gets without getting your line wet. Will you land your trophy fish? Or just tell the tale of how it got away? Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one

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Build -A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building

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If they can imagine it, they can build it! Little skippers will have boatloads of fun creating a one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir.

Wed-Fri: 3pm - 7:30pm

Saturday: 11am - 7:30pm

Sunday: 11am - 5:30pm

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Annual Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Saturday at 3pm -- Anchors and Ales Food Court

Cheer on contestants as they compete in our annual wing-eating contest! The contestant with the biggest appetite for success will walk away 42” TV compliments of WMGM and Chickie & Pete’s.

Previous three year (2017-2019) winners are not eligible to enter the contest in 2020.

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Fin-atics SUP Demo Pool

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Experience the world of paddlesports, courtesy of Fin-atics Marine Supply of Ocean City, NJ.  Watch Fin-atics expert staff perform demonstrations or try it yourself! On-water test rides will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open to guests age 10 years or older.

Demo Times:

Wed, Thurs & Fri: Noon till 7pm

Saturday: 11am till 7pm

Sunday: 11am till 5pm

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

Classic & Raceboat Collection

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Take a step back in time and see classic and vintage boats dating back 66 years. Boats on display include a restored 1951 wooden Chris Craft Holiday and a 1968 Steven Hydroplane powered by a L-88 427 cubic inch blower engine—one of just three such boats remaining that survived the harsh racing life.

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

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Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The America’s Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.

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Kids' Boating

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Boatloads of fun on the water—just for kids! Young mariners can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat.

Wed-Fri: 3pm - 7:30pm

Saturday: 11am - 7:30pm

Sunday: 11am - 5:30pm

Fun Photo Ops

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Have fun with your friends and family by taking a picture with this year’s Big Catch or Snap a Boatie and take a photo behind an authentic tall ship wheel.

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Career Day - Skills USA Contest

Thursday February 27

More Details to Come!

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Super Thursday Special

One-day Only Deals! Giveaways! Food & Drink Specials! Admission & Parking Discounts!

One-day Only Deals! Giveaways! Food & Drink Specials! Admission & Parking Discounts!

Join us on Thursday, February 27 for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy food and drink specials, and discounted show admission after 5pm.

Parking $5 at Wave Garage- Thursday, February 27- only

The Captain’s Table Gala will also be held on Thursday evening. Now in its third year, this fundraiser benefits the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Let Us Eat, Please.