Southwest Florida’s biggest boating event is right around the corner! Now in its 49th year, the Fort Myers Boat Show is the largest and longest running boat show on our coast. This year’s show runs November 11-14 and features over 600 boats from over 130 manufacturers, plus accessory and equipment displays, so there’s a ton to see. Whether you’re dreaming of a new boat or want to scope out the latest gear, here’s what you can expect to see at this year’s event.
AN EVENT 49 YEARS IN THE MAKING
The 2021 Fort Myers Boat Show boasts on-water, indoor, and outdoor exhibits along the scenic Caloosahatchee River. First time and returning visitors should preview the show layout to see how the displays will wind throughout Centennial Park, the Caloosa Sound Convention Center, and the City Yacht Basin. You can also check out photos and videos for a bird’s eye view of the sprawling footprint from previous years’ events.
Tour the Latest Boat Models
The Fort Myers Boat Show is the ultimate chance to see a huge selection of new and used boats all in one place. Most dealers require you to remove your shoes before boarding their pristine vessels, so dress accordingly. If you’re a serious shopper, take time to deeply inspect each boat you’re interested in. From the control gauges to the upholstery stitching, go over all the details to get an accurate feeling for the boat’s quality and comfort. Sit in every seat, open every hatch, stand on the casting platform, and really imagine what owning that boat would be like. Perhaps most importantly, take advantage of the onsite staff and get answers to all your questions. That’s what they’re there for!
The Best Boat Deals
Doing your homework before the show will help you navigate incentives and special boat show pricing dealers offer just for the Fort Myers Boat Show. If you already have a specific make or model in mind, plan your visit by consulting the list of participating boat lines. We’ve also compiled some great first-time buyer tips for navigating the sea of options. Make sure the entire family is on the same page and determine your budget before attending the show.
Education & Seminars
Local experts will be onsite helping boaters make the most of their time on the water. From boat maintenance to marine safety, you’ll learn from the best in the region. Stick around for daily fishing seminars covering both inshore and offshore topics, where beginning and advanced anglers can learn something new. There’s no better opportunity to speak with a local fishing guide and get specialized advice on fishing here in Southwest Florida.
NEW: Be In The Know Zone
What are the differences in wake zones? What do all those lights, markers, and buoys mean? How should we pass or approach another vessel? Where is it safe to run my boat? What’s the best way to tie up my boat? Go Boating Florida’s new Be In The Know Zone is an interactive boating information center that can answer these important boating questions. Stop by the exhibit located in the Caloosa Sound Convention Center to talk with experienced boaters and pick up a free reference guide to keep on your boat.
Admission & Parking
The boat show is making it easier than ever to purchase tickets online, giving visitors access to a special entrance line for fast entry to the show. Plus, show organizers have made online tickets the same price as gate admission—adults are $16 and children 15 and under get in free with a paid adult admission.
Paid parking is available in various lots and garages throughout downtown (rates vary). Head to the Edison Garage closest to the show’s main entrance or the Main Street Garage nearest the show’s marina entrance. For surface lot parking, just look for the signs guiding guests and exhibitors to these lots.
Thursday, November 11: 10am-6pm
Friday, November 12: 10am-6pm
Saturday, November 13: 10am-6pm
Sunday, November 14: 10am-5pm
Mark your calendars and don’t miss our region’s premier boating event. Get full boat show details here and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tag us in your pics from the 2021 Fort Myers Boat Show—you just might be featured on our page!