Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2021 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.
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Virtual Reality Boating Experience

Location: Progressive® Insurance Booth A201 - Tent A               

Progressive provides education and inspiration in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship so you can get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your docking technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote.


  • Ask a Captain
  • Boating Apps & Tablets
  • Docking De-Stressed
  • 10 Steps to Being a Good Gilligan
  • Get Your Captains License
  • Gateway to Boating
  • Trailering (Hooking Up)
  • Maintenance 101

Hands-On Interactive:

  • Electronics 101 (SS Neversail)
  • Docking Pool
  • Line Handling
  • Trivia

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

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VIP Experience

Location: TENT A

Enjoy an all-inclusive luxury retreat within the show. Join us in TENT A for unparalleled views of Downtown Miami and a relaxing Beach component. Daily VIP Experience ticket includes show admission and unlimited access to the VIP lounge. Must be 21 and over to have access to the VIP Lounge.

VIP experience tickets and lounge access are limited.  One-day admission to the show and one-day lounge access can be purchased for $180 (Thursday, February 13) and $155 (Friday-Monday, February 14-17) per person. 

To purchase tickets in advance, click here.

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Costa Conservation Village

Location: TENT J

Join us to learn about the importance of marine conservation and ways you can help protect the ocean and marine environments. Experts from local, regional and national conservation-minded associations will be on hand to discuss critical environmental issues, such as efforts to restore and protect marine ecosystems, responsible/ethical angling, game fish conservation, and management of fish and wildlife resources. 
While there, support the Kick Plastic Campaign and purchase a reusable aluminum water bottle that you can refill for FREE at 4 water stations within the show! 
James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser - Will be presenting light cooking recipes and discussing sustainable seafood initiatives at 12 and 3 pm, Thursday – Sunday.

Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America".

New! Volvo Penta Conservation Stage

Location: Costa Conservation Village

Daily conservation and sustainability presentations and panels led by leading conservation experts

Click Here for Full Presentation Schedule

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Chef Allen Susser

Location: Costa Conservation Village

Thursday–Sunday | 12 PM and 3 PM

Chef Allen Susser is a James Beard Award-winning chef, with a passionate commitment to local fresh ingredients. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. His landmark restaurant forever changed the way people ate in Miami—and affected how we all eat today. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America".

Chef Allen will have a kiosk in the Costa Conservation Village and will be a feature presenter at the Volvo-Penta Conservation Stage. See him at 12 PM and 3 PM. 


2020 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® Costa Conservation Village Sweepstakes

Location: Merchandise Tent, Center Courtyard

Enter for your chance to win an Oris Clean Ocean Watch valued at $2,300.  

Check out the Costa Conservation Village at the show to learn more on how you can keep our lakes and oceans clean.  Visit the Oris Airstream at the Merchandise Tent in the Center Courtyard for more information on their watches.  No purchase necessary to enter or win.  One entry per person per valid household. Click Here to Enter

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Junior Captain’s Program Presented by the Annapolis School of Seamanship

Location: End of Pier 1

Pre-registration is required
Class fee: $25 per student  Register Here

Calling all parents with kids ages 11-15! Introduce your kids to the fun of boating in a 90-minute class with top-notch experts. Students will learn aboard a 16 ft. RIB powerboat under careful instruction from a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain teaching safety, boat handling, docking, knots, basic navigation, knots and weather awareness.

Sponsored by: Progressive, Sirocco Marine, Brig Boats and Honda Marine




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Life Jacket Selfie Giveaway Contest

Sea Tow Foundation will be giving out $3,600 in prizes 

The Sea Tow Foundation will be launching a selfie giveway contest at the Show that will help educate boat lovers on the importance of wearing life jackets. To participate in the contest, the Sea Tow Foundation is asking Miami Boat Show attendees to stop by its Life Jacket Loaner Stations located at piers 2 and 5 to try on an Onyx life jacket and take a selfie while wearing it.

Contestants must then upload their selfie photo to Facebook or Instagram, tag the Sea Tow Foundation @SeaTowFoundation, and use the hashtag #lifejackets4thewin. One winner will be chosen at random each day of the show to win a prize pack valued at over $700. Each prize pack includes:

•    An Impulse A-24 In-Sight Automatic Inflatable life jacket from Onyx Outdoor
•    FELL Marine’s MOB+ Wireless Man Overboard engine cutoff system
•    4 Tickets to next year’s Miami International Boat Show, courtesy of NMMA
•    A pair of floating, polarized FishGillz Sunglasses
•    A Navionics Boating Charts App 
•    A duffle bag from Source 4




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Demo Docks and Sea Trials

Compare and try before you buy!

Ready to buy? Ask for a sea trial! There’s nothing like testing the waters on the Show’s 200 plus boats at the expanded demo dock area.  See and board a wide variety of vessels including powerboats, family cruisers, center consoles, high performance boats and more. Make side-by-side comparisons and chat with dealers and manufacturers reps to explore your buying options. Outboard, inboard and stern drive engine manufacturers will also have dozens of boats powered by their products in the water for demos and sea trials.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine. The fourth generation, World Champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Powered by 1650 RACE Mercury racing engines that generate 3,300 horsepower, she can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

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Live Music Entertainment

Steel Breeze

Location: Main Ent, J Tent Lounge

Thursday - Sunday 

Performances 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Enjoy the musical talents of local Florida musicians brought to you by Chase Music entertainment. 

Local favorite Jerry of the Steel Breeze Band, looks to welcome you to the sweet sounds of steel drums, with a funky bass line, cool guitar and very rhythmic bongos. 

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