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5 Tips for Attending Fall 2021 Boat Shows

5 Tips for Attending Fall 2021 Boat Shows

By Debbie Hanson

Sep 21, 2021

List of tips for attending fall 2021 boat shows. Learn how to plan smarter, stay safer, think ahead, and make the most of your experiences at fall boat shows

While many boat shows switched over to online virtual events last year, some of the major fall 2021 boat shows are moving forward with in-person events by implementing additional safety guidelines and controlled attendance numbers. For example, one of the biggest fall boat shows in the country, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, is coming up and will run from October 27-31, 2021.

To stay safe and make the most of your time at any upcoming fall boat shows, consider these tips:

1. Be extra diligent about planning ahead

Particularly if you find a boat show you want to attend that is not in your state or local area. Check the boat show's website for travel and health updates as well as guidelines or safety protocols that may be in place before attending.

2. Visit the boat show website

Visit the boat show website and make a list of the manufacturers or dealers you want to see. Once you have your list put together, find out which of those manufacturers or dealers are showing boats by appointment only. Be sure to call to set up a meeting in advance of attending the show.

3.Be aware that there may not be a ticketing box office onsite.

Find out if you need to purchase digital boat show 2021 tickets in advance on the show website. Digital tickets can be scanned as you enter and exit the show.

4. Check if the events are indoors or outdoors

If there are boating seminars or fishing clinics on the fall 2021 boat show schedule, check to see which ones will be held outdoors and social distance for safety.

5.Dress and pack accordingly

Dress and pack accordingly for any fall 2021 boat shows you attend. Most dealers will ask you to take off your shoes before boarding, so it’s important to wear comfortable slip-on shoes. You’ll also want to wear loose-fitting clothes, bring water, a hat, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and a mask.

Now that you have a few helpful tips to help you navigate through your next boat show experience, you can start planning. Are there any 2021 boat shows you want to attend this fall? If you’re not a boater yet, find out how to get started boating and experience the relaxing benefits that time on the water with family can bring.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.