Norwalk Boat Show This Weekend

There is no better way to send off summer in the northeast than with a visit to the annual Norwalk Boat Show.


By our account, the 2017 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show is New England’s biggest in-water boat show of the fall season. NORWALK BOAT SHOWWe couldn’t be more excited about this year’s show. It kicks off this Thursday with tons of new features and exhibits – an effort to make constant improvements is why this regional outdoor show is consistently one of the best in the northeast.


We’re especially looking forward to bringing the kids to the “touch a boat” exhibit, and of course seeing the live animal show from Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure. We also encourage any nautical job seekers to come to the show to explore a career in the boating industry – there is an actual Career Fair within the boat show, featuring jobs with Connecticut marine companies. Why not turn your passion for boating into a career?


At the time this post was written, a beautiful weekend is in store with sunny skies for this outdoor Connecticut boat show. It looks like Hurricane Jose may be breaking up in the Atlantic, and Maria, which has increased to a Cat 5 hurricane overnight, will likely still be churning in the Caribbean. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that are currently in her path – we hope they stay safe.




dates: Thursday, September 21 – Sunday, September 24, 2017

times: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

WHERE: Norwalk Cove Marina, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk, CT

For a full overview of the show, the best place to turn is the boat show’s official website (, but here’s a preview from the organizer’s latest press release…

The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show®, the Northeast’s premier in-water boating event, docks at Norwalk Cove Marina September 21-24, 2017, offering water lovers an all-access pass to discover why life is better with a boat. Thousands of boating novices and lifelong enthusiasts can check out the newest introductions and best deals of the season with exclusive show specials and competitive bargains on hundreds of boats, plus thousands of the latest marine accessories.

From luxury yachts and center console sportfishers to affordable family cruisers, the Norwalk Boat Show is the ultimate destination to shop and compare 300 boats side by side in a beautiful waterfront setting. In addition to boats and accessories, attendees can enjoy the last days of summer on Long Island Sound with kayaking at Try it Cove, boating lessons with seasoned captains and fun for the whole family at the new Touch-a-Boat event for kids, plus free boat rides, live music and much more.


NEW! The Touch-a-Boat event offers kids of all ages to have the opportunity to talk with captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas. Little skippers have the opportunity to:

o Climb aboard a real Police and Fire boat.
o Tour a Sea Tow rescue boat.
o Explore a working Oyster Boat.
o Hop aboard a variety of recreational boats from pontoons to cruisers!
o Borrow a life jacket, courtesy of Sea Tow Foundation. Loaner life jackets will be available on a first come, first served basis at the head of the docks.
o Build a toy boat, take a free boat ride & much more!

NEW! Chart-a-Career Fair invites the next generation to explore a career in the boating industry with access to experts across Marine Engineering, Vessel Operations, Sales & Marketing, Finance and Management and more. As marine businesses continue to see growth across all areas, the recreational boating industry supports 650,000 marine industry jobs and nearly 35,000 small businesses throughout the country, with a significant number of each thriving in the tri-state area.

Boat hop and shop magnificent motor yachts, tricked out runabouts, serious center consoles and watersports boats galore with nearly 300 different vessels to inspire unforgettable weekends on the water. With a full selection of boats for every budget and lifestyle, including boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is no better place to shop and compare boats side by side.

Upgrade tech and water toys with tents full of the latest marine electronics, accessories and gear. Shop thousands of the latest and greatest GPS and radar systems, fishing equipment, design finishes, all-weather apparel, water sports gear and more from top outfitters and brands.Boat Confident with boating lessons from the Annapolis School of Seamanship for all experience levels, and head to Fred’s Shed for educational DIY seminars on maintaining, repairing and upgrading your boat.

Catch Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, an awe-inspiring show that delights kids of all ages as they get up close and personal with exotic rescue animals including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more!

Plus enjoy Free Boat Rides, Live Music in the Water Club Lounge and nautical fun for the whole family.

WHEN: Thursday, September 21 – Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

WHERE: Norwalk Cove Marina, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk, CT

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults; children 12 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult. Save $2 per ticket when you purchase online by September 20 at

INFO: For more information, visit