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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.

The Water Club Lounge

The Water Club Lounge is a tented oasis of refreshment open to all where you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere and enjoy a beverage on the water. 

The Water Club Lounge is located at the head of Dock B!


Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free, daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer. Together, hosts “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician Fred, bring more than 50 years of boating experience to the Shed and will be on site to share their expertise. Stop by to see the cutaway boat and motor, participate in hands-on clinics and get your questions answered. Best of all, it’s all FREE, compliments of the Show.

Click here for Show Schedule!


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    

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.


Thursday 2pm-5pm
Friday 2pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


Face Painting

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!


Thursday 2pm-5pm
Friday 2pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


Kids' Boating

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


Thursday 2pm-5pm
Friday 2pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm



$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. 


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.

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