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Norwalk Boat Show, 9/18-21, 2014 - Connecticut

Summer Fun Continues as Thousands Flock to the Water for Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show September 18-21

See and Shop the Best in Boating, Enjoy Interactive Boating and Paddlesports Lessons, and Bring the Kids for Activities including Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure

NORWALK, CT – The Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show®, the northeast’s premier in-water boating event, docks at Norwalk Cove Marina September 18-21, 2014, offering visitors and local residents an all-access pass to discover why life is better with a boat. With boating participation at a record high – 89 million Americans went boating in 2013 – thousands of novices and lifelong enthusiasts are expected to cruise the show for exclusive specials and competitive bargains on hundreds of the latest luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishing boats, family cruisers, performance boats and sailboats, plus the largest selection of marine accessories.

Beyond the best in boating, visitors have the chance to try their hand at paddlesports and power boating, bring the kids to experience the new Nature Nick's Animal Adventure, or kick back and relax at the Water Club Lounge and enjoy the final days of summer.

“After a summer filled with boating fun, enthusiasts are anxious to extend their time on the water and plan their next purchase,” said Show Manager Jon Pritko. “Whether it’s a new GPS system, the latest and greatest fishing rod, or a new boat, boaters will find what they are looking for at the Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show.”

Here are the boat show highlights for serious shoppers, casual dreamers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to cap their summer on the water.

  1. Boat hop and shop sales: See, board, and compare hundreds of new boats ranging from 13-foot runabouts to luxury yachts 75-plus feet.Visitors in the market to buy will benefit from an early visit on Thursday or Friday to walk the docks, talk with dealers about new product introductions and competitive bargains. Dreamers can also benefit from “boat hopping” and plan ahead for a future purchase with the boat budgeting experts at the Welcome to the Water Center.
  2. Upgrade tech and water toys: Boaters on the hunt for the latest marine electronics, accessories and gear will delight in 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.
  3. Learn to boat, sharpen skills behind the helm: The show’s educational opportunities are unparalleled. Boaters of all experience levels can take advantage ofworkshops on Long Island Sound at Discover Boating’s Hands-On-Skill Training series, featuring lessons on Close Quarters Powerboat Handling, Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship, Anchoring and Rafting Up with Other Vessels and more! Attendees can also participate in daily on-land seminars covering a variety of topics including DIY sessions at Fred’s Shed.
  4. Fitness and fun on the water: Grab a paddle and head to Try It Cove to take a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) or kayaking tour, enroll in SUP yoga classes and more. Visitors can also enjoy free boat rides on Long Island Sound for a glimpse of what the boating lifestyle has to offer.
  5. Dive into family fun with Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure and more: Families will love Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, which allows kids of all ages to get up close and personal with exotic rescue animals including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more! Kids can alsobuild a nautical masterpiece at the Toy Boat Building tent; navigate a mini-lake in paddleboats; and meet Dora the Explorer. Plus, don’t miss the chance to check out the famous Miss GEICO race boat (a catamaran that reaches speeds of 180 mph!) before heading to the Water Club Lounge with live music by Eric Stone to relax and unwind.

Tickets are $15 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE when accompanied by an adult. Enjoy a $3 discount per ticket for groups of 10-30 people and a $5 discount per ticket for groups of 31 people or more.

For more information, to order tickets online, and too see updated features, seminar and event schedules, visit BoatShowNorwalk.com.

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