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44th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show

November 17-20, 2016

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43rd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show

Event Details

Event: 44th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show

Dates: November 17th – 20th, 2016

Event details will be posted as the show nears.

Boat Show Layout

The show layout will be posted as the show nears.

Boat Display

Visitors to the show can leisurely stroll along the docks and board everything from bay boats to new and used luxury yachts. You will find a variety of inshore and offshore fishing boats, custom skiffs, pontoon and deck boats and virtually every type of boat to enjoy your time on the water. With hundreds of trailerable boats of every style imaginable both indoors and outdoors, there is no other show on Florida’s west coast with a more complete lineup.

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Boat Lines

The boat lines will be posted as the show nears.

Exhibitor List

The exhibitor list will be posted as the show nears.

The seminar list will be posted as the show nears.

Details will be posted as the show nears.

Things To Do

This is far more than just a display of boats. We have the largest display of accessory items of any Boat Show on Florida’s west coast including displays of electronic equipment, motors, fishing equipment, accessories and other items from manufacturers all over the world. Plus you will find a wide variety of service companies and educational information to help you get the most out of your time on the water. And, with nautical clothing and gift items, this is a great chance to kick start your Christmas shopping for your family and friends who enjoy the boating lifestyle.

There are a wide variety of food and drinks available. Inside is the new “Harborside Café” with food and drinks, relaxed seating and a couple of TV’s to catch weekend sports. In Centennial Park is the popular “Everglades Barbecue” Tent. The “Yacht Basin Concessions” overlook the beautiful new basin and features a variety of both seafood and traditional items. And right next door, the “Yacht Basin Pub” is a real crowd pleaser with cold beer, wine and cocktails.

Of course, there are are many restaurants within an easy walk of the show. If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive.

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Local Area

If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive. There are many restaurants within a very easy walk of the show. Whether you are looking for Italian, Sushi, Casual or Fine Dining, you’ll find them right near by. For a list of restaurants in the downtown Fort Myers area, click here.

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Boat Show Parking

  • There is limited on-site parking at Bay Street and Dean Street.
  • There is Valet Service available adjacent to the Show entrance.
  • There is a parking garage across the street from the show at Bay Street and Monroe Street.
  • There is parking under the U.S. 41 bridge, two blocks west of the show entrance.
  • There is parking in the Jackson Street Garage (Jackson and Main). This is only two blocks from the show entrance at the Yacht Basin and Lee Street.
  • Over the weekend there is also plenty of street parking available throughout downtown.

There is a downtown locator map on our website.

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Additional Information

The Fort Myers Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association. The association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida, has protected the rights of boaters and promoted boating and the marine industry in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the BONITA SPRINGS BOAT SHOW, held at the Naples Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in March and the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. The Fort Myers Boat Show is managed by: Good Event Management, (239) 656-7083, info@swfmia.com

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JUST THE FAQS (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

WHERE IS THE BOAT SHOW?

The Boat Show is located in downtown Fort Myers.  The main entrance is at the corner of Bay Street and Dean Street. The show is spread out through the Harborside Event Center, along Edwards Drive and Centennial Park to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND HOURS?

November 17th-20th, 2016

More details will be posted as the show nears.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

The physical address of Harborside is 1375 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers, FL 33901.

From I-75, take Exit 138 (MLK Boulevard). Head west into downtown (about four miles).

From U.S. 41: If you are coming from the south, watch for signs leading you into downtown just before crossing the river. From the north, take the first exit over the river and head east on 1st Street. Once in the downtown area, there are several cross streets that lead to the show, between Lee Street and Monroe Street.

WHERE DO I PARK?

  • There is limited on-site parking at Bay Street and Dean Street.
  • There is Valet Service available adjacent to the Show entrance.
  • There is a parking garage across the street from the show at Bay Street and Monroe Street.
  • There is parking under the U.S. 41 bridge, two blocks west of the show entrance.
  • There is parking in the Jackson Street Garage (Jackson and Main). This is only two blocks from the show entrance at the Yacht Basin and Lee Street.
  • Over the weekend there is also plenty of street parking available throughout downtown.

There is a downtown locator map on our website.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHERE CAN I ENTER THE SHOW?

Admission is $10.00 per person, with children under 16 free with paid adult admission. We do not have advance ticket sales. It is fast and convenient to buy tickets at the main show entrance (Bay Street and Dean Street) or at the Marina Entrance (Lee Street and Edwards Drive).

WHAT KIND OF BOATS WILL I FIND?

Visitors to the show can leisurely stroll along the docks and board everything from bay boats to new and used luxury yachts. You will find a variety of inshore and offshore fishing boats, custom skiffs, pontoon and deck boats and virtually every type of boat to enjoy your time on the water. With hundreds of trailerable boats of every style imaginable both indoors and outdoors, there is no other show on Florida’s west coast with a more complete lineup.

WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN A BOAT?

This is far more than just a display of boats. We have the largest display of accessory items of any Boat Show on Florida’s west coast including displays of electronic equipment, motors, fishing equipment, accessories and other items from manufacturers all over the world. Plus you will find a wide variety of service companies, marinas and shipyards and educational information to help you get the most out of your time on the water.

WHAT IF I DO NOT OWN A BOAT? ARE THERE OTHER ITEMS?

There will be one-of-a-kind products such as apparel, sun glasses and boat shoes or you can plan your next fishing trip by obtaining information on resorts and marinas. And, with nautical clothing and gift items, this is a great chance to kick start your Christmas shopping for your family and friends who enjoy the boating lifestyle.

FORT MYERS FISHING VILLAGE & TACKLE SHOW

You sure do not want to miss our expanded Fishing Village and Tackle Show with Seminars, tackle displays, fishing simulators, casting ponds and many fishing experts who will be on hand to answer questions and just talk fishing.

BE A DIVER POOL

We are happy to introduce the diving industry’s “Be A Diver” Pool hosted by DEMA. This is a unique opportunity for show visitors, free of charge, to hop into a 15,000 gallon mobile pool and experience breathing under water with the support of local dive instructors. All necessary gear will be provided for this experience.

HOW-TO INFORMATION

There will be a Boat Maintenance Area, manned by the Ft. Myers Technical College who can answer questions on motor repair, electronics, and just about every regular maintenance task you may be trying to tackle.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, Lee County Marine Task Force and Homeland Security will all have displays and can answer a wide range of questions on boating safety, boating regulations, and help you enjoy your time on the water.

DO YOU HAVE FOOD AND DRINKS?

There are a wide variety of food and drinks available. Inside is the new “Harborside Café” with food and drinks. In Centennial Park is the popular “Everglades Barbecue” Tent. The “Yacht Basin Pub” overlooks the beautiful new basin and features a variety of both seafood and traditional items as well as cold beer, wine and cocktails.

There are many great restaurants within an easy walk of the show. If you have not been in downtown Ft. Myers lately you will be surprised at how the area has come alive. Along with your paid admission will be a coupon for a “buy one get one free” drink at several of those restaurants.

SORRY, NO PETS

We are pet lovers but given the scope of the show and insurance / liability issues, we cannot allow pets.

WHO PUTS ON THIS SHOW?

The Fort Myers Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association. The association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida, has protected the rights of boaters and promoted boating and the marine industry in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the Bonita Springs Boat Show, held at the Naples Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in February and the Charlotte County Boat Show, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. For more information, visit www.goboatingflorida.com.

Southwest Florida Marine Industry Association Boat Shows are managed by:

Good Event Management, (239) 656-7083, info@swfmia.com

Other Upcoming Boat Shows:

15th Annual Charlotte County Boat Show
January 14th – 17th, 2016
Charlotte County Fairgrounds

26th Annual Spring Boat Show at Bonita Springs
February 25th – 28th, 2016
Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track

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Details will be posted as the show nears.