2021 Norwalk Boat Show Preview Guide
This year, the show will run September 23-26 and all kinds of boats from 60-foot motor yachts, center consoles and saltwater fishing boats, to tow boats, will be on display. Boat shows remain the number one place to shop and compare multiple brands and boat types all in one location. Not to mention, the show is one of the best places to get completely immersed in the boating lifestyle—from free education opportunities for new and experienced boaters alike to browsing hundreds of the latest boating accessories.
There’s so much to see and do that you’ll have no trouble filling the whole weekend, so let’s look at a way you can participate and learn lots over the four days of the show —and maybe even explore the city as well.
Things to Do at the Show
From free boat rides for the entire family, to lighthouse tours and daily boating seminars, you'll want to plan ahead so you can do it all. Be sure to check out the full list of Show Features, but in the meantime, here are a few other show highlights to explore:
Goose Hummock Seminar Series
A renown northeast saltwater fishing outfitter, Goose Hummock will be hosting seminars with pros demonstrating casting in a 30-foot fishing tank as well as discussing gear and services. Also, all ages can check out the fully equipped 42-foot Contender sportfisher at the docks.
Annapolis School of Seamanship (ASOS) On-Water Training
Hands-on instruction will be provided by experts to build your confidence at the helm. No experience necessary.
Try It Cove
Do you want to test your skills on a stand-up paddle boarding or try a new kayak? Outdoor Sports Center will be on hand with equipment and instruction, and you may just walk away with a new hobby as well as new gear.
Activities for the Kiddos
If your kids are too little for a SUP, they can still go paddling on a mini-lake created just for them. You can also sign them up for a toy boat-building class and the best part is that they can take their creation home afterward.
Water Club Lounge, Presented by Montauk Distilling Co.
Shopping for accessories, making the best deal on a new boat, or learning a new skill are hard work so when it’s time to eat, drink and relax, kick back the waterfront Water Club tented lounge. They'll be serving up specialty cocktails all weekend long.
Dining options include The Galley Waterfront Café and The Sunset Grille on the marina property, or stretch your legs and visit East Norwalk for options like Harbor Lights, Overton’s Seafood, Valentino’s and more.
Shoppers will also love The Nautical Boutique that caters to the beach lover and has fun gifts and décor items for your boat, home or lake house.
Tickets & Getting to the Show
Admission: General admission for a single day ticket purchased online is $15, or $17 if purchased at the show (children 12 years and younger allowed in FREE with a paid adult admission). Show hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10am to 7pm, with Sunday ending by 5pm.
Parking & Transportation: There are two places to park when attending the show: Taylor Farm/Canfield Avenue (cash only) and Calf Pasture Beach, which is closest to the show entrances (but requires you to download and pay via an app).
Health & Safety:
- Self Screening: If you have been diagnosed or confirmed to have COVID, display symptoms including cough, fever or runny nose, we ask that you refrain from attending.
- Contactless Ticketing: We encourage show attendees to purchase tickets online.
- Increased Sanitation: Highly touched and common areas will be cleaned on a regular basis.
- New Floorplans: This new design will allow for more space to reduce crowds.
- Follow Latest CDC, State and Local Guidelines: As updates continue to come in from officials, we’ll continue to update and monitor our practices to ensure the best boat show experience possible.
Other Attractions Near the Show
If you go into boat overload, or if you choose to make a fun-filled weekend out of attending the show, be sure to visit a few local hot spots that are close by to the show location:
- Take the kids to the nearby 18-hole Norwalk Cove Marina Mini Golf Course that has waterfront views.
- The Maritime Aquarium is also a great destination with its 75 live exhibits and 2,700 marine animals. There are touch tanks and an IMAX theater to keep you and your kids enthralled.
- For a bit of history, visit the restored Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Mathews Park or take the Sheffield Island Ferry to visit the 1868 lighthouse.
- Finally, wrap up with some time in SoNo (South Norfolk) with its vibrant restaurant scene, specialty food shops and art galleries.
No matter how you approach it, there’s much to see and do at and around the Progressive Norwalk Boat Show, so plan early and have fun.
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