Features at a Glance

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Located in Try-It-Cove and various locations

The Touch-a-Boat event invites little skippers to climb aboard Norwalk Police and Fire Boats, tour a Sea Tow rescue boat, and explore the life of a working Oyster Boat – plus hop on recreational boats of all kinds! Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to talk with captains, snap a pic at the helm, and learn the ropes of life on the high seas in addition to free boat rides, toy boat building and lots of nautical fun.

Kids can also borrow a life jacket from Sea Tow. Loaner life jackets will be available at the head of the docks, courtesy of Sea Tow Foundation (available while supplies last).

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On-Water Training presented by BoatU.S.

Hands-on instruction

Want to gain more confidence on the water? Curious about boating? Learn basic boat handling skills with a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain—while out on the water!
Three-hour courses offer hands-on instruction and are a fun, easy way to boost your boating skills.

Pre-registration required—Act now! Class size limited to three persons per vessel. No prior boating experience necessary. 

Intro to Boating (21 and older): $149 per person, includes show admission

Women Making Waves (women 21 and older): $149 per person, includes show admission

Junior Captain (13-19 years old): $99, includes show admission for student and 1 adult

Located on Dock D W6-9

Training Schedule

Register for a Training Session

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Get Your Feet Wet at Try It Cove!

Stand-Up Paddle Board Demos, Kayak & Canoe Trials, or Relax on the Solstice Floating Dock

Here is your chance to get out on the water and experience a variety of paddle sports, thanks to Outdoor Sports Center and our partners.


Try Power Boating

Get a taste of the boating lifestyle! Relax and enjoy a free power boat ride on the Long Island Sound aboard a 25 foot bowrider, compliments of Rex Boating Club & Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT. Register at Try It Cove. Dock D

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Progressive Boat School

Space D69

Become a more confident boater with training taught by professional captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship! Head to the Progressive Boat School tent to attend seminars, learn practical skills or chat with a captain and get one-on-one boating advice. Interested in learning more about what Progressive Boat Insurance can do for your boat, chat onsite with an agent to learn more and receive live quotes.


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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars for boaters: Tips, tricks and expert advice

If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for professional, practical advice. Daily sessions include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways and end with informative question/answer sessions. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® insurance Norwalk Boat Show.
Located in Space D21

Click Here for Seminar Schedules

Sponsored by Yamalube:

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space B69

Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine. The fourth generation, World Champion 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!

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Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Think your wing eating skills are the best? Prove it at the show's Wing-A-Thon with 95.9 The Fox broadcasting live for your chance to win a 65-quart Yeti Boating Cooler courtesy of Keoughs Paint & Hardware. With locations in Stamford and Ridgefield, Keoughs means everything for your home! Thanks to Michael Josephs Catering for providing the wings.

Saturday, September 22 at 1pm. Located near A7

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Boating Simulator—Test your boating skills

Take the helm of a virtual boat and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice your boating skills. The 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 America's Boating Club. Space 338

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Eric Stone—Live!

Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform daily playing his unique style of music—a blend of rock, pop and country inspired by the tropics and his love of the water. Water Club Lounge

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The Water Club Lounge

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 where you can relax with a cool beverage and enjoy the water. Located at the T head of Dock B.

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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. Space A1


Thursday & Friday 2pm–6:30pm

Saturday 10am–6:30pm

Sunday 10am–4:30pm

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Kids' Build-a-Boat—Toy Boat Building

Space A1

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. 


Thursday & Friday 2pm–6:30pm

Saturday 10am–6:30pm

Sunday 10am–4:30pm

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US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day

Thursday, Sept. 20

Thursday only - FREE admission for USPS/USCGA members—Simply present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at the Will Tent desk for one adult admission.


Progressive Insurance

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