Insider Guide to the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2017

Palm Beach International Boat Show

It’s March in Palm Beach County and that means the Palm Beach International Boat Show is just around the corner.

Held March 23-26, 2017, the 32nd annual show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.

On display will be hundreds of boats, from 8-foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, and personal watercraft, to superyachts over 150 feet.

And it’s a fun outing for the whole family: the show features all sorts of special events, from seminars and kids fishing clinics to exotic cars and live music.

More than 150 boats in every size will be on display.
Hundreds of boats in every size will be on display.

Read on for Gulfstream Boat Club’s Insider Guide to the 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show:

Boat Show Dates/Hours: 

Thurs. Mar 23, 12 – 7pm
Fri. Mar 24, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Mar 25, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Mar 26, 10am – 6pm

Admission:

Adults: $22
Children, ages 6-15: $12
Children under 6 Free
Tickets are available at the Box Office (cash only, but ATM’s are nearby). Avoid the crowds and purchase tickets online here.

Parking: 

The Boat Show offers parking at various municipal parking garages and privately operated lots located throughout downtown West Palm Beach. Most are walking distance to one of the two show entrances. Find more information on parking here.

Come by Boat:   

Visit The Palm Beach International Boat Show by water in a Gulfstream Boat Club boat rental!

It’s one of the only shows that offers free dockage to guests. The dockage is on the south side of the in-water displays, along Flagler Avenue. *And don’t forget to bring fenders—the docks are metal.

The Boat Show features events and special attractions for the whole family.
The Boat Show features events and special attractions for the whole family.

Special Events:

CruiserPort:

A designated area promoting the cruising lifestyle, offering free boating activities all day.

AquaZone by Nautical Ventures:

Demos all day in a 60-by-30-foot, 40,000-gallon tented pool, ranging from paddleboarding, SUP yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercraft, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, Evinrude G-2 outboard, WaveJet self-propelled SUP, VersaDock modular docking systems.

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinics:

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Sessions each day at 12 noon & 2:00 PM

In the Amphitheater Field located between Datura and Evernia Streets inside the show grounds, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics, presented by Hook the Future and The Palm Beach Post, are open to all kids ages 4-16. Hands-on interactive instruction includes:

  • Casting a Rod & Reel
  • How to Fight a Fish
  • Selecting Tackle & Lures
  • Fishing Ethics

IGFA School of Sports Fishing Seminars:

The International Game Fish Association’s School of Sports Fishing will host seminars with some of South Florida’s best captains, including Tom Paddrik from The Florida Yacht Group.

Located at the Meyer Amphitheatre Field. The seminars are free with admission.

MyBoatShow App

Enhance your visit by downloading this free mobile app. You can easily search for boats and yachts by size range, manufacturer and type, including their location at the show, as well as search vendors of yachting, sailing and marine products including their booth locations.

The app provides an interactive map to help guide users at the events find the general location of amenities and boating exhibits within the show.  Seminar details, show announcements, and boating news are regularly updated. Download it here.

The best way to visit the Palm Beach International Boat Show is on a boat from Gulfstream Boat Club. Call GBC at 561.865.7797 to book your boat rental now!