Features at a Glance
Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures
Come see Nature Nick and his animal friends for a show the whole family will love. Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures offers kids of all ages a chance to get up close and personal with exotic rescue animals including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more!
Saturday 11am; 1pm; 3pm; 5pm
Sunday 11am; 1pm; 3pm
Get your feet wet at Try It Cove!
PaddlePalooza—Stand-Up Paddling & Kayaking
Paddle sports are taking the nation by storm for their fitness benefits and the joy of being on the water – without a motor! Whether you’re a new paddler or looking for the latest paddle techniques, you’ll find it at PaddlePalooza.
Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Demos on the Dock—free
Stand-Up Paddling, also known as SUP, continues to be the fastest growing global water sport today, surpassing kayaking! Never tried it? No worries mate! With the use of a simulator and skilled staff, we'll teach you all you need to 'give it a go'. Single and double kayaks are available for kids 6 years+ (10 years+ on the paddle boards). Want some help? If we're not too busy we're happy to get out on the water with you! 15 mins in a protected water area.
Private Paddle Boarding Lessons, by appointment $50:
Looking for something more? Private lessons are available by appointment for $50, just ask the crew. Using a paddle (like an oar) you’ll learn the fundamentals and technique that will enable you to get on and off, paddle straight, turn, and feel confident and safe on your board.
Kids SUP Fun Saturday and Sunday 11am and 3:30pm, free
Join us for sprints, relays, board swapping, rescues, PaddleFit, some yoga moves - all manner of organized chaos on the water! Kids 10 years+
See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat
The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. At approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.
Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top speed of 170mph. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!
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Try power boating—Free boat rides
Get a taste of the boating lifestyle! Relax and enjoy a wonderful free cruise on the Long Island Sound aboard a 24 foot Bowrider, compliments of Rex Boating Club.
Antique boat exhibit—See Miss Daisy
Take a step back in time and see the mahogany dream boat beauty “Miss Daisy”, a 1958 19’ Chris Craft Capri
Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform from 11am–6pm daily, playing his unique style of music—a blend of rock, pop and country inspired by the tropics and his love of the water.
Get Social Photo Op! Snap a "Boatie" at the Photo Booth
Stop by the "Photo Booth" to snap a #boatie (boating selfie!). Post it to your social media accounts using #norwalkboatshow for the chance to win daily giveaways!
ASOS Nautis Boating Simulator—Test your boating skills
Head to the Seminar Area (space 223) to take the helm of a virtual boat and get a feel for the water without leaving dry land. The Nautis boating simulator makes learning fun, with hands-on training for boaters of all skill levels—new boaters can practice basic boat handling, while experienced mariners can attempt more complicated maneuvers as well as navigation, collision avoidance and more! This awesome training tool is brought to you by the great people at the Annapolis School of Seamanship.
Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
On-the-water powerboating workshops—only at the boat show!
Boats provided by MarineMax
Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your powerboating skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, in-water powerboating workshops designed to add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!
Learn from experts:
All sessions are based on internationally recognized training and certification programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors.
On-hour powerboating workshops
Select from the following hands-on, in-water workshops:
- Basic Close Quarters Powerboat Handling – essential boat handling skills for maneuvering in tight spaces and docking situations. For those new to boating or boaters who would like a “refresher”
- Advanced Close Quarters Powerboat Handling - managing wind and current, docking bow and stern first in a slip, and more. For boaters with some experience or those who’ve completed the “Basic Close Quarters Powerboat Handling” clinic and want to learn some additional skills
- Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship – handling the boat away from the docks including using trim tabs and or engine trim to balance the boat properly, managing waves and wakes, rules of the road for meeting, crossing and overtaking, and more. For new boaters and those who would like a skills refresher with a professional captain
- Anchoring and Rafting Up with Other Vessels – How to anchor securely including techniques for managing a dragging anchor, freeing a fouled anchor and rafting up safely with other vessels. For all experience levels.
Choose one...or several! You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime. Fegistration fee per person/per session is $15 in advance and $25 at the show. Fee does not include boat show admission.
For schedules and to register CLICK HERE
Three-hour powerboating workshops
Opt for a more in-depth learning experience and considerably more helm time by participating in a three-hour extended workshop, created specifically for and presented only at the boat show:
- Powerboating Made Easy - includes docking and maneuvering skills, managing the boat in open water, essential rules of the road, anchoring and fundamental chart navigation techniques, and more. For those new to boating or those needing a “refresher”
- Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control in Tight Spaces - includes docking techniques in challenging conditions, managing wind and current confidently, using spring lines for docking maneuvers and more. For experienced boaters or those looking to move up in vessel size or class
Registration fee per person/per session is $100 in advance or $125 at the show. Participants who register online for a three-hour workshop will receive FREE
boat show admission for the day.
For more information, schedules and to register CLICK HERE
FREE! Boating Education
Informative & entertaining. 30-minute sessions are hosted by staff from the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Topics covered include choosing a boat, how to be a good first mate, watersports safety, and getting your captain's license.
Click here for full schedule
The Annapolis School of Seamanship is offering 2-hour interactive workshops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Attendees will receive:
- In-depth instruction
- Hands on training
The $99 workshop fee includes:
- Two days of show admission
- More in-depth education than the free seminars and demos
For more Information on Annapolis School of Seamanship Click Here!
Welcome to the Water Center
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
- Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
- Expert, unbiased advice on finding a boat that best suits your lifestyle
- Local resources to help you get started
Discover Boating for less than $250/month!
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.
When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget: Compare costs of Boating vs. other Leisure Activities
Kids' Create a Boat—Toy Boat Building
Let your little ones get creative! Toy Boat Building gives your child a chance to build a nautical masterpiece—a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination.
Kids enjoy free face painting by Leah Morgan of Leah's Caricatures & Face Painting. With many designs to choose from, there is something for kids of all ages!
Fun on the water—just for kids! Kids can splash around and navigate a mini lake in their own paddleboat.
Meet Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer!
Don't miss the girl that's determined, positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS
ready for adventure, Dora the Explorer! Dora will appear at the show on
Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm each day!
Bring your camera!
Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest
Think your wing eating skills are the best? Prove it at the show's Wing-A-Thon and have your chance at winning a Weber grill brought to you by Keoughs Paint & Hardware…with locations in Stamford and Ridgefield…Keoughs means, everything for your home! Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings for providing the wings.
Saturday September 21st at 2PM located at the Waterside Dining Tent
$500 Shopping Spree
Enter for a chance to win a $500 show shopping spree at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show. The winner will also be awarded 2 free tickets to the 2014 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show. Be the first to shop for hundreds of great products.
Enter to Win a trip to the British Virgin Islands
Make sure you stop by the Bitter End Yacht Club to Enter to win a 8 day/7 night Admiral’s Package for two persons at the nautically acclaimed Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, in either a luxury Beachfront Villa or stylish North Sound Suite, including three meals daily, use of Bitter End’s vast club fleet (over 100 boats), snorkel excursions, Sailing School 101, weekly regattas and more. The package is valued at $7,000!
Enter for a chance to win at space 448.*
Tax and service charges are the responsibility of the recipient. Certain restrictions and holiday blackout dates apply. Travel must be completed by December 20, 2015.
*Entry does not require a purchase of show admission ticket. Entries can be obtained at the show office.
US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day: Thursday
The Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show® will recognize the United States Power Squadron and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary members on Thursday, September 18 with FREE admission for USPS/USCGA members—Simply present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at the Will Tent desk for one adult admission.
Why visit a Boat Show?
Hear what the Boating Guy has to say about why you should visit a boat show. Click here.