See boats and marine equipment as they were meant to be experienced — in a harbor setting! Browse boats and marine equipment docked at the harbor, or relax on the patio and order something to eat. Thursday–Saturday evenings you can listen to fantastic boating music.
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
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Presented by Discover Boating and The Annapolis School of Seamanship
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.
When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget:
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Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.
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The newest craze in water walking sports -- Rollers!!! Act like a crazy hamster or try log rolling tricks! Its great fun and best of all you can go with a friend. Mom and Dad, bring your video cameras, the photo ops are fantastic!
You won't want to miss PaddleFest at this year's show! It will be the first look at all the new paddlesport product offerings. Industry experts and manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate new paddlesports products from fishing, recreational and whitewater kayaks, to stand up paddleboards.
Jacque Ives Cousteau could never have imagined the world he was creating back in 1942 when he created the Aqua Lung. Today millions of people have become certified divers. Not only is there an interest in learning about the aquatic world…there is an interest to experience the underwater world. Fresh water and salt water offer two totally different experiences with one common thing; no matter where you dive you are a visitor to a unique part of the earth. It could be the wrecks on Lake Michigan to the reefs of the Caribbean; it could be a dive with a whale shark in Cancun to the reefs of Fiji.
Begin your fantastic voyage into the world of SCUBA right in McCormick Place. Anyone age 10 and older can discover this fun and exciting sport in the comfort of a heated pool. Our onstructors will explain basic dive rules and skills, then you can head underwater. All necessary SCUBA equipment, including wet suits, will be provided at no cost to you!
Be sure to visit the Weclome to the Water Center for daily Intro to SCUBA seminars—this eye-opening session could change your life. Discover the Word of Scuba and how you can become a diver. You’ll be introduced to the basics and learn about equipment, both new and old. And you’ll be amazed to learn about the great diving opportunities right here in the Great Lakes.
Wet suits will be provided. Please bring a swimsuit and towel.
Feed your need for speed—see one of the world’s fastest offshore racing boats! This legendary craft is powered with the same turbine engines that flew missions in the first Gulf War and is capable of reaching speeds of more than 185 miles per hour. At 40 feet and weighing 10,000 pounds, this MTI turbine race boat is run by a crew of six, including Driver Marc Granet.
The boat has set two world records and participated in more than 15 races around the world in 2007. She won back-to-back world championships at the 2006 and 2007 Offshore Super Series and captured Championships at Super Boat International and Offshore Performance Association. In October 2007, Miss GEICO shattered another milestone when she hit an average top speed of 188.26 mph on the Mississippi River.
FREE fishing for children 12 and younger. There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release trout pond, stocked with frisky trout is a grest way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Adding to the fun—great prizes for any lucky little angler who catches a specially tagged trout. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one"!