Features at a Glance

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Touch-A-Boat

NEW! 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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USPS 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 the United States Power Squadrons®. Space 338

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Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Think your wing eating skills are the best? Prove it at the show's 95.9 WFOX Wing-A-Thon for your chance to win a 65-quart Yeti Boating Cooler grill courtesy of 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 23 at 1pm. Located near A1

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Boating Career Day

Whether you’re looking for a job or interested in career in the recreational boating industry we have you covered. The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is holding a Boating Career Day on Friday from 3pm–6pm including employers, and job postings. Located at Fred’s Shed.

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Eric Stone—Live!

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. Water Club Lounge

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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-IT SESSIONS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS*

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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Kids' Boating

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

Schedule:

Thursday & Friday 2pm–6:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am–6:30pm

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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

Schedule:

Thursday & Friday 2pm–6:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am–6:30pm

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Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure

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. Nature Nick and his animal friends put on a show like no other—it’s comical, entertaining and educational. Space A4

Schedule:

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

Sunday 11am; 1pm; 3pm

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Progressive Boat School — By Progressive Insurance

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. Down on the docks, the Annapolis School of Seamanship Boat Confident training boat will be in the water for hourly docking demonstrations, clinics and hands-on training. Space D69

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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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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

Booth 709

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, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 

For the full list of seminars, click here

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space G78

Feed your need for speed!  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!

Progressive

Progressive Insurance Boat School Smarthome and Theater Systems Blue Moon Coors Light Corona Light Samuel Adams Fred's Shed Discover Boating NMMA-Certification