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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center—FREE DIY Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, and include demonstrations, and question/answer sessions.

Be sure to come with projects and questions to discuss—and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Together, hosts “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician Fred, bring more than 50 years of boating experience to the Shed and are happy to share their expertise.

Click here for Show Schedule!


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Get out on the water at Try It Cove! 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Demos, Paddlefit, and SUP Races
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the world's fastest growing water sport—here's your chance to get in on the action with Coastal CT SUP and experience the fun of paddle boarding yourself. Choose from:
Paddle Boarding On Water Demos
SUP is a fun sport for everyone. If you've never tried SUP, this is a great way to jump on board. You'll learn how to paddle properly and safely under the guidance of WPA and Paddlefit certified instructors. Open to anyone 10 years and older. We will supply all the equipment necessary to get you standing on the water.
Not quite ready to "test the waters"? Our land set-up lets you experience the feel of the board and paddle without worrying about getting wet.
Private Paddle Boarding Lessons
Interested in more in-depth instruction? Private
lessons are available by appointment for $50— just ask the crew.
Kids SUP Races
Young paddlerscan enjoy the challenge and fun of SUP racing, with prizes for youngsters ages 10–15.

Try Power Boating

Get a taste of the boating lifestyle! Relax and enjoy a free power boat ride on the Long Island Sound, compliments of Rex Boating Club.  Registration is at Try It Cove. 
Located Docks CW20-23


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Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures

Meet and learn about a variety of exotic rescue animals, including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more in a show the whole family will love.
TV personality/professional trainer Nature Nick and his animal friends put on a show like no other—it’s comical, entertaining and educational.


Saturday 11am; 1pm; 3pm; 5pm
Sunday 11am; 1pm; 3pm


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 See the World Champion Miss Geico Offshore Racing Boat

The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud of the latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat. The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. 

Powered by 1650 RACE Mercury racing engines that generate 3,300 horsepower, she can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph! See her in Space E89   

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Eric Stone—Live!

Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform from 11am–7pm daily, playing his unique blend of rock, pop and country music inspired by the tropics and his love of the water.  Water Club Lounge


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The Water Club Lounge

Relax with a cool beverage and enjoy the beautiful waterfront scenery of Norwalk Harbor.
Whether you want to ponder your options after shopping for the boat of your dreams, meet up with friends or just kick back seaside, the Water Club Lounge offers a tented oasis of refreshment. Located at the T head of Dock B.

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USPS Boating Simulator—Take a boating lesson without leaving dry land

Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® (BSVT) makes learning fun! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.
Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level. It's a fun, easy way to boost your boating skills. Located in Booth 338



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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. Space A2


Thursday 2pm–6:30pm
Friday 2pm–6:30pm
Saturday 10am–6:30pm
Sunday 10am–6:30pm


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Kids' Boating

Fun on the water—just for kids! Kids can splash around and navigate a mini lake in their own paddleboat. We supply life jackets. Space A2


Thursday 2pm-5:30pm
Friday 2pm-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5:30pm
Sunday 10am-5:30pm



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 22 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.

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