Show Attractions

The Providence Boat Show is so much more than a great display of boats and gear, and Special Attractions run throughout the show.

Whether you’re a tournament angler, a family that loves to go boating together, a stand-up paddleboard enthusiast, or just getting started, you’ll find lots of activity to squeeze between your time shopping for new boats and equipment.

Read on to see what we have in store for you this year. And don’t forget to check out our seminars. These sessions are three days of free education that will net you more enjoyment on the water this summer.

Sea to Table

If you love being on the water, you probably love to dine on fresh, local seafood too—and there’s no better place than the Providence Boat Show to see what the Ocean State has to offer. Do some oyster tasting; watch a fish fillet demo; you can even sharpen your knife skills at classes coordinated by Flint and Flame, makers of high-quality German carbon steel knives. They are running classes with professional chefs where you can learn how to shuck oysters or properly fillet your fresh catch.

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Ocean State Challenge

What’s more fun than going to the Providence Boat Show to check out new boats and gear? Heading to the show with your best friends who also love being on the water. This year we are hosting a new Ocean State Challenge, where any boating-related club or group can compete for our annual trophy—and of course bragging rights. You don’t have to be the fastest or most skilled competitor to win: just show up en masse, with all your fellow club members, for a group photo. The club that brings the largest group wins. You get discounted tickets too if you buy as a group. Click here to register!

Reel Island

If you are a fishing enthusiast, make Reel Island your first waypoint the minute you walk through the show gates. This popular hub for fishing fans makes it easy for you to pursue your biggest passion. Catch our series of Sport Fishing Seminars coordinated by Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters and his team of local anglers. Don’t forget to test your skill against other showgoers at the SIMFISH fishing simulator, brought to the show by Evike!

Explore ArtSEA

If you love being on the water, you are no doubt inspired by the beauty you see all around you, every time you go boating. Head to the ArtSea Gallery to see and purchase the work of local artists who are inspired by the sea and the Ocean State’s coastal lifestyle. The Gallery includes everything from photographs to watercolors, scrimshaw, jewelry, shell and sea glass art, and even bags made from nautical charts! If you are looking for a piece of art that will bring your love for the water into your home or office, look no farther than the ArtSea Gallery.

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Experience a Harrowing Sea Tale

Author Michael Tougias returns to the boat show to tell a harrowing sea tale, about a rescue during the blizzard of 1978 when a pilot boat with five men set out from Gloucester to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker in a Mayday situation. Based on his book Ten Hours Until Dawn, Tougias will take the audience through the drama and heroism of this incredible night--when 100-mile-per-hour winds blew and monstrous waves rolled through New England waters and many lives hung in the balance. The event takes place Sunday, February 5 starting at 12 noon.

Spend Some Time Poolside

The pool at any marina or resort is usually where the action is—and it’s no different at the Providence Boat Show! For the second year in a row, we feature an indoor pool that has lots of fun demos and activity for all ages. You can enjoy hands-on piloting with a fleet of model boats, learn about new paddle-powered craft, or even get an introduction to staying fit on the water with Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. Make this Special Attraction one of your waypoints at the boat show and plan to spend some time poolside with us.