Mid-America Boat and Fishing Show

Cleveland Boat Show
••• At the Cleveland Boat Show. (courtesy of the Cleveland Boat Show)

The Mid-America Boat and Fishing Show, commonly called the Cleveland Boat Show, is held each January at the Cleveland I-X Center.

In its 59th year in 2016, the show is the largest boat show between the two coasts and features more than 1,200 new and classic motor and sail boats as well as kids activities, boating accessory vendors, and live entertainment. In 2016, the Boat Show will be held January 14-18.


Exhibits at the Boat Show include more than 1,200 new, used, and classic boats, two full-scale waterfront home models, a 300-foot-long wakeboarding pool, and a nautical flea market. Entertainers include "Twiggy," the water-skiing squirrel and Captain Willie, the Great Lakes Pirate.

Shopping at the Cleveland Boat Show:

Shopping opportunities include the nautical flea market with all kinds of antique, interesting, and funky boating accessories and well as dozens of vendors selling new boating accessories and travel destinations.

Food and Beverages:

The food and beverage specifics will include a Put-in-Bay themed bar and restaurant, similar to the island's Roundhouse.

For the Kids:

Kids activities at the Cleveland Boat Show include a kid's fishing pond, a kid's activity center, and meeting Willie, the Great Lakes Pirate.

Hours and Admission:

The Mid-America Boat and Fishing Show is January 14-18, 2016.

The show is open Thursday and Friday from noon to 9pm, Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday and Monday from 11am to 6pm.

Admission (2016 pricing) is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (60+), and free for those 12 and under. A three-day pass is available for $24. Admission includes a year's subscription to a choice of three boating magazines.

Visiting the Cleveland Boat Show:

Tickets for the Cleveland Boat Show are available online on the show's website or at the I-X center box office. Ample parking is available, but is not free for this event.

(Last updated 1-12-16)