Georgia’s premier boating event, the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, will be showcasing the largest variety of boats and watercraft in the Southeast at the Georgia World Congress Center Jan. 9-12, 2014. From deals on the newest boats and accessories to attractions for the whole family, the show is designed for an audience of all ages and interests.
“The Atlanta Boat Show continues to grow and we’re excited to be offering an even larger selection of boats and exhibitors this year than we’ve had since 2009,” said Larry Berryman, show manager. “This growth is a great sign for the industry.”
With more than 500 boats on display, ranging in length from nine feet to more than 50 feet, and more than 200 exhibitors offering the latest gear and gadgets, the show has something for every taste. From fishing vessels to luxury yachts and wakeboarding boats, the variety and exclusive discounts make it the best place to buy.
Discover Boating’s Welcome to Water Center will offer expert advice about selecting a vessel and boating on a budget, with options available as low as $250 a month.
Watch expert handler Jeff Quattrocchi catch an eight-foot alligator during his educational and thrilling Swampmaster Gator Show, with three shows scheduled each day. The demonstration is a rare opportunity to see the natural behaviors of a wild alligator, which has been rescued in Florida and will be retired to a no-kill pond after the show. Children are also invited to hold a baby alligator and take a picture with the swampmaster.
Kids (and adults) will have a blast trying the newest craze in water sports – Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles. These inflatable rollers can fit two people and also proves fun for spectators watching friends and family try their best to stay standing as they roll around the pool.
Fred’s Shed will be back with its interactive learning center and DIY seminars scheduled throughout the weekend. During hands-on sessions, experts will teach attendees how to repair motors and perform regular boat maintenance.
The Let’s Go Fishing Center returns with hourly seminars led by professional anglers. Local fishing clubs and organizations will be available to speak with attendees, and kids can try fishing in the Catch and Release Trout Pond.
Windsong Sailing Academy will host exciting seminars for sailors of all skill levels, with introductory and advanced classes offered during the show.
“It’s a great place to have fun and also learn how to be a better boater,” Berryman added. “We’re happy to be offering one of our best shows yet both for families and boating enthusiasts.”
Now through January 8, save $2 on admission by purchasing tickets online. Visit AtlantaBoatShow.com for more information and follow the show on Twitter or Facebook.
2014 Atlanta Boat Show
When: Jan. 9-12, 2014; Thursday-Friday, Jan. 9-10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Ticket info: Adults 16 and older: $12; Youth 15 and under: Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Buy tickets in advance online and receive $2 off through January 8, 2014.
More info: www.atlantaboatshow.com