When it comes to recreational boating, Florida reigns supreme as the indisputable capital of the world. With its abundant registered boats (the most in the United States, in fact), an array of picturesque waterways, and year-round favorable weather, the Sunshine State is perfect for boating enthusiasts who want to enjoy being on the water on a daily basis. And what better way to celebrate this maritime affinity than through the grandest boat shows in the nation? With visitors from all over the globe, South Florida plays host to some of the most extravagant showcases of marine vessels in the entire world. Let’s take a look at upcoming boat shows in Florida, through the lens of the leader of marine and boat lighting, PlashLights.
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Florida Outdoor Expo - May 3-5, 2024
The Florida Outdoor Expo is a vibrant celebration set amidst the state's iconic landscapes, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, families, and industry professionals. As a premier event, it offers attendees an immersive experience in a multitude of outdoor activities, from kayaking to hiking. For manufacturers and retailers, it provides a unique platform for live demonstrations and direct consumer engagement. Beyond showcasing products, the expo strengthens community ties through workshops and family activities, all while promoting Florida's rich outdoor heritage and sustainable tourism. In essence, the Florida Outdoor Expo is both a marketplace and a movement, fostering a deeper appreciation for nature's wonders.
Miami Boat Show - Feb 14-18, 2024
The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, set against Miami's iconic maritime backdrop, stands as a beacon for global boating enthusiasts and professionals. Championed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the International Yacht Brokers Association, and meticulously produced by Informa Markets, this event is more than a showcase—it's an immersive maritime experience. Infused with the spirit of the "Discover Boating" initiative, the show aims to encapsulate the allure of life on the water, presenting a blend of the industry's latest innovations, designs, and the essence of boating. In the heart of Miami, this boat show offers both seasoned sailors and newcomers an unmatched journey into the world of maritime wonders.
Other shows to catch Plash:
Shallow Sport OT - May 11-13, 2023
Ron Hoover OT - July 12-13 2024
In the winter and early spring, many boat shows take place in the placid Florida winter and spring, such as the Miami International Boat Show and Yacht Show, the Sunnyland Antique Boat Show in Taveres, and the Florida Outdoor Expo. But as spring turns to summer, things grow quiet along the boat show front. In sun-drenched Florida's boating culture, one may wonder why boat shows are notably absent during the summer months. This intriguing phenomenon stems from a thoughtful consideration of several factors. Firstly, the scorching summer temperatures pose challenges for attendees and exhibitors alike, as the intense heat can diminish the enjoyment of exploring boats and marine products. Moreover, the summer season often coincides with an increase in boating activities, as enthusiasts take to the waters to bask in the blissful allure of Florida's coastal paradise. By scheduling boat shows during other times of the year, such as the cooler months, organizers can ensure a more comfortable and conducive environment for attendees to explore, engage, and make informed boating decisions. January through April are chock full of expos along the coastline. And in September, boat show season cranks back up. Let’s take a look at some of the premier Florida boat shows still to come throughout the year.
Daytona Beach Boat Show - January 12-14, 2024
Set against the backdrop of sparkling waters and pristine beaches, the Daytona Beach Boat Show is a captivating spectacle that draws boating enthusiasts from far and wide. Held in a vibrant atmosphere at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, this annual extravaganza showcases a magnificent collection of boats and marine products, curated to cater to every seafarer's desire. From sleek powerboats to elegant sailboats, from cutting-edge marine technology to an array of accessories and services, the Daytona Beach Boat Show leaves no stone unturned in providing a comprehensive and immersive boating experience. With knowledgeable over 80 manufacturers and 17 of Florida’s top boat dealers, engaging demonstrations, this extraordinary event is the perfect platform to discover, connect, and embark on your next aquatic adventure.
Tampa Bay Boat Show - March 1-3, 2024
As you step into the bustling atmosphere of the Tampa Bay Boat Show, you'll be greeted by a captivating display of vessels that span the spectrum of boating dreams. From sleek powerboats designed for high-speed excitement to elegant sailboats that embrace the art of wind-driven journeys, every maritime desire finds its place in this extraordinary gathering. Immerse yourself in the allure of the latest marine innovations, engage with knowledgeable exhibitors, and explore an array of marine accessories and services. Presented by the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Boat Show is not just a place to discover your next vessel, but also an opportunity to connect with fellow boating enthusiasts, share stories, and forge lifelong friendships. So come, wander the docks, feel the sea breeze caress your skin, and let the Tampa Bay Boat Show awaken your love for the open waters in a way that only this vibrant coastal city can.
International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) - Oct. 3 - Oct. 5 2023
Set against Florida's scenic coastline, the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) stands as one of North America's premier events for marine professionals. Beyond showcasing the latest in boat-building techniques and marine products, IBEX offers a unique convergence of industry minds, fostering unparalleled networking, innovation, and knowledge-sharing. Drawing global attendees, this event melds traditional maritime values with cutting-edge technology, making it an indispensable forum for anyone in the marine sector. In essence, IBEX isn't just a boat show – it's the heartbeat of the modern marine industry.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - Oct. 25-29 2023
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Nestled along the glamorous shores of Fort Lauderdale, this renowned event sets sail as an unparalleled celebration of luxury, elegance, and boating excellence. As the largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS unfurls a captivating tapestry of marine splendor, drawing in enthusiasts, industry professionals, and boating aficionados from around the globe. Prepare to be mesmerized by an awe-inspiring display of superyachts, sleek cruisers, high-performance vessels, and an extensive range of marine products and services. Show locations include the Broward County Convention Center, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall Of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier 66 Marina, and Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South. From the charming allure of the Venetian-inspired waterways to the vibrant atmosphere pulsating with excitement, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show effortlessly transports visitors into a realm of opulence and possibility. Immerse yourself in the glamor, explore the latest innovations, such as the advancements in marine transom lights and indulge in the luxurious lifestyle that epitomizes the boating world.
The Fort Myers Boat Show - Nov. 9-12 2023
Experience the Fort Myers Boat Show, a cherished annual event on Florida's west coast. Located in downtown Ft. Myers along the serene Caloosahatchee River, this remarkable gathering captivates boating enthusiasts with a diverse display of boats both in-water at the Ft. Myers City Yacht Basin and on land in Centennial Park and surrounding streets. Discover a world of marine accessories and essentials in the renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center, adjacent to the elegant Luminary Hotel. As one of Ft. Myers' most anticipated events, the 51st Annual Fort Myers Boat Show invites you to embrace the excitement, celebrate boating, and create lasting memories in this captivating coastal city.
Other shows to catch Plash:
WorkBoat Show New Orleans - Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2023
If you’re looking to stop by one of Florida’s upcoming boat shows? Be sure to stop by the bright, technicolor wonder of an expo put on by PlashLights. At our core, we believe in the value of quality, and we go the extra mile to provide top-notch materials, controls, connections, and tech support. Your safety and satisfaction is important to us, and we offer detailed installation instructions, design criteria, and technical support upon request. At Plashlights, we take care of you, plain and simple.