The Orlando Boat Show Returns to the Orange County Convention Center Aug 18-20, 2023

Orlando Boat Show

The 2023 Orlando Boat Show, the region’s premier boat show, returns to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) August Aug 18-20, 2023.

The show, presented by the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida (MIACF), will feature 20 of Central Florida’s top boat dealers representing more than 80 manufacturers with approximately 400 boats on display.

Visitors can check out a wide variety of boats including bowriders, center consoles, deck boats, flats boats, fresh water fishing boats, jet boats, pontoon boats and surf boats to fit any lifestyle and occasion, as well as marine accessories and aquatic-themed activities for all ages.

Extra incentives are available only during the show from dealers and manufacturers such as extended warranties, service packages, waived dockage, enhanced electronics, and accessory packages.

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Special events and seminars will include:

Hook The Future Kid’s Fishing Clinic – New this year, Captain Don Dingman, as seen on the Sportsman Channel’s “Hook The Future” TV show, presents kid’s fishing clinics and interactive discussions of basic fishing techniques, tackle, safety, and conservation. Kids aged 5-15 receive a free rod and reel combo following each clinic while supplies last.

Twiggy The Waterskiing Squirrel – A fan favorite with shows daily. This year, Twiggy starts a new chapter in her legacy. Chuck Best Jr. has decided to take on the family business and continue Twiggy’s story, and with his fiancé, Toni, have reimagined his parents’ show. Together they have embarked on an all-new, revamped, interactive and exciting show for Twiggy. Twiggy is now the spokes animal for The National Safe Boating Council’s “Wear It” Campaign promoting water safety all over the world.

Let’s Go Fishing – Kids aged 12 and under can catch a live fish at the Trout Pond and receive a custom caricature driving a boat by Cartoon You Caricatures.

Virtual Saltwater Fishing Simulator – Experience the excitement of competition to catch a bull dolphin.

The Fishing Zone – This area is devoted to all types of fishing gear including freshwater and saltwater rod and reels, freshwater, and saltwater lures, clothing for a great day on the water, and all types of fishing gear and accessories.

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Ticket prices are $10 per person, and are available for purchase online at or at the gate. Kids under the age of 12 are free!

The Orlando Boat Show will take place in North Hall B at the OCCC. Parking in that lot is $20 with cashless pay only.

Show Hours:

Friday, August 18 – 10am to 8pm
Saturday, August 19 – 10am to 8pm
Sunday, August 20 – 10am to 5pm

The Orlando Boat Show

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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