Jan 112012

The Minneapolis Boat Show is Coming!!!
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55403

Show Hours

Thursday, January 19 ….12pm–9pm
Friday, January 20 ………12pm–9pm
Saturday, January 21 …..10am–9pm
Sunday, January 22 …….10am–5pm

Families, experienced captains and those new to the water will enjoy a variety of attractions including:

NEW! Marina & Yacht Club Experience – See boats and marine equipment as they were meant to be experienced, in the water!  This 10,000 square feet virtual exhibit features a lifelike setting complete with water, docks, a lift, boulder-scaping, trees, and boats for every lifestyle and budget, including some of the largest vessels at the show. Browse and shop boats and marine equipment docked at the marina, or relax at the Yacht Club, listen to live music lightly and order something to eat from Seven Sushi & Steakhouse. 

NEW! DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center at Fred’s Shed – Watch, learn and do! Do-it-yourselfers or boat owners interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their boat or engine can head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free, daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Together, “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and ‘wrench-slinging’ experience to the Shed. Stop by to see a cutaway boat and motor, participate in hands-on clinics and interactive Q&A sessions.

New! Kids Build-A-Boat Cove presented by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Kids can build and decorate their own wooden boat and sail it in an actual pond at the show. All donations for each boat kit will be given to Children’s of Minnesota.

NEW! New to Boating? Visit the Welcome to the Water Center – A visit to the the Welcome to the Water Center is a must for new boaters, which provides free daily seminars from unbiased boating experts ready to answer any questions about getting started in boating, the right boat for any budget and lifestyle, local boating information and more.  

Antique & Classic Boat Display – Step back in time to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage craft. Among the variety of boats on display will be the award-winning “Stella,” a 1907 Fay & Bowen Standard Launch from the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society).


Meet Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants – Straight from Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s buddy Patrick Star will visit the show on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 from Noon–3pm to meet and greet his fans and take pictures. 

Sailfest Seminar Series – This popular series of free, daily seminars provides practical takeaways for the beginner and veteran sailor, plus entertaining stories of sailing adventurers for all ages.

 Visit www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com for updates on contests and additional features


Adults (16 and older): $10.00
Children (15 and younger): FREE
Active Military: FREE Just show your active military ID at the Box Office onsite for FREE admission!

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