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 four 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—and there’s no better place than the Providence Boat Show to see what the Ocean State has to offer. Attend our Sea-to-Table Events to meet local chefs while they cook their favorite dishes. Whether you’re looking for new ways to cook your catch or you simply enjoy dining near the water, you’ll find these events fun and inspiring. Bring your friends, or meet new ones, but be forewarned: these events draw a big crowd, so arrive early to get a front-row seat!

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.

Visit Island Time


If you’re a New Englander, you don‘t need to go too far to enjoy the peace and relaxation of an island life. This year’s Island Time area at the Providence Boat Show will highlight the beautiful islands close to home that New England boaters can easily reach. Stop by Island Time to learn about the destinations in your own backyard. You don’t need to save for a faraway tropical vacation. Your boat, a full tank of diesel or gas, full sails, or even just a ferry ticket can get you to some of the most charming island destinations in America.

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.

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.