2016 Highlights

More Highlights will be added, check back occasionally to see what’s new!



The Swampmaster will astound you as he catches an 8 foot, 200 pound alligator with his bare hands!
February 13-14 ONLY!



All New Seminar Series!

Coming February 20 & 21: Line-up Coming soon. Seats will fill up fast with this exciting line-up!




Come one, come all – Learn the ins and outs of how to sail. From young children to seasoned adults, sailing is a favorite pastime of many Michiganders, and an activity for all ages! This interactive display will be hosted by sailing experts eager to share their knowledge and passion. Seminar schedule coming soon!

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 2016 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!

No better time to buy a boat!
(Get full value on your trade-in with Michigan’s new Sales Tax on the Difference.)


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Walk on Water! They’re a worldwide phenomenon—and they’re going to be at the Detroit Boat Show. Climb in and see how long you can stand on your feet! There is a $5 fee per person.


Face Painting!




Spin the Wheel of Treasure to win great prizes!




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

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Meet A Mermaid!

Bring your camera and take a picture with this beautiful fish out of water. Grab a seashell from her stash to take home with you. The mermaid will be at the show on the weekends during show hours.



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.

Free Boaters Safety Course!
Saturday, February 20
10:30am – 4:30pm at Cobo Center
Registration coming soon!

Free T-shirts & Sunglasses!

Free T-shirts! Post a picture at the show and tag the Detroit Boat Show and enjoy a complimentary t-shirt . While supplies last.

Rendezvous Weekend at the Boat Show
February 20-21

Bring the largest group of boating friends to the show and win a party package! Enter to win: 20 pizzas, 80 soda pops, 10 bags of chips, 40 tickets to the Boating & Outdoor Festival and 20 Free t-shirts. Enter to win at the Information Booth inside the show.

money-bagWin $15,000 to spend at the show!

See the entry terminals outside the main entrance near the ticket booths. No purchase necessary.




Broadcast Center Schedule – Coming Soon!




Special Admission Days:

President’s Day – Open early to accommodate children off of school (Show hours 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.) Kids 12 and under, Millennials 30& under AND Seniors 65 and older are free all day!

Ladies’ Day – Free Admission for Women (show hours 3 p.m. — 9 p.m.)

A Boat Load of Food – Donate 5 canned goods at the door to Gleaners Community Food Bank and receive free admission from 3-6 p.m. (show open until 9 p.m.)

Half off admission from 3-6 p.m. (show open until 9 p.m.)