2017 Highlights

Mac & The Big Cheese!


Mac and The Big Cheese, best described as the Abbott and Costello of comedy cooking, have been touring nationally since 2004, they have produced 8 DVD’s, their book is a best seller, they have been on NPR, WGN, Travel Channel and Tru TV and hundreds of local TV stations around the country. They are developing their own TV show with Giant Pirates in Los Angeles and have competed and won many cooking competitions around the country.

They bring people together through food and laughter. When you are not laughing you are learning at their shows. Simply the funniest comedy cooking duo ever!

Mac and the Big Cheese will be headlining the Seminar Series on the second weekend of the show, February 17-19.

historyofbathingsuitsThe History of Boats and Bathing Suits

Take a stroll through history from the 1920s through today and see the evolution of boats and bathing suits. As the boats get bigger and more advanced, the bathing suits get smaller and more fashionable. This exhibit will be educational and fun with Gar Wood, Chris Craft and Century boats and mannequins sporting bathing suits through the ages.  The changes that come through this evolution of the bathing suit will astound people of all ages.



ODNR’s New Personal Watercraft Simulator

Don’t miss your chance to ride the Division of Watercraft’s new Personal Watercraft Simulator. The PWC Simulator is a real jet-powered watercraft mounted on a motion platform, giving the rider a virtual and realistic on-the-water adventure. The purpose of the simulator is not only to provide participants with a fun and interactive experience but also to educate riders on the unique operating characteristics of a jet-propelled vessel. Riders will enjoy the wind in their hair and the waves misting their face all while learning more about using a personal watercraft safely.

ODNR’s boating experts also will be available to provide information on boating skills courses, facilities, destinations, rules, and registration and titling requirements as well as tips to make the most of your boating and fishing season.



Anamorphic Chalk Art!

Bring your camera and get a fun picture in these life-like scenes.




Seminar Series!

Join us for the FREE seminar series for the second weekend of the show Friday through Sunday, February 17-19. Learn useful tips and tricks for boating, fishing and even cooking – featuring headlining act Mac & The Big Cheese!


stockadePirate Village – Fun for Scallywag’s of all ages!

  • Take a photo in the stockade
  • Sand box to dig for buried treasure
  • Parrot Toss – Try your hand at tossing a parrot for a friends competition with friends and family


youth-sailingKids Sailing Simulator

Kids can get a feel for sailing without leaving the show. Certified ASA instructors will be on hand to offer a free sailing lesson and the chance to experience how a small boat reacts to the wind and waves right on the show floor (weight limitations). The simulator is one of only three in the entire US. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the Sailing Simulator is the only teaching device of its kind in the US. The simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail and mimicks the waves with wind in the sail. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re a new boater who wants to learn how to sail or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by and see for yourself how it really feels to sail—without leaving dry land!


Boats to Buy!

More than 100 of Michigan’s best boat dealers and marine businesses under one roof for 9 days of great prices, selection and services. Your chance to see new 2017 product, get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories. Shop hundreds of fishing boats, pontoon boats, cruisers, ski boats wakeboard boats, inflatables and personal watercraft. Also get great prices on water toys, docks, decks, boat lifts, canvas, electronics, accessories and so much more!



The Detroit Boat Show is Michigan’s biggest winter rendezvous

Meet up with boating friends at the TIKI BAR inside the show. Reminisce about great boating trips and plan your next Pure Michigan destination for 2017!

Click here to see the list of food offered in the Food Court.




Water Rollerz


Face Painting!


Spin the Wheel of Treasure to win great prizes!


Crafts! Build a Pirate Ship, mermaid
and other fun crafts



Meet A Mermaid!

Bring your camera and take a picture with this beautiful fish out of water. 



New Model Introductions

Don’t miss the exciting new boat manufacturer “New Model Introductions.” Dealers will have on display and for sale the latest and greatest 2016 model boats – all types, sizes and for every budget.

New Model Listing Coming Soon!


Broadcast Center – Schedule Coming Soon!

Special Admission Days – Schedule Coming Soon!