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Know Before You Go Guide
The Newport Boat Show Guide & FAQ

Welcome to the Newport International Boat Show!  Below is your go-to-guide with the essential information to make the most out of your visit!    Everything you need to know before you walk through the gates!

What are the dates of the show for 2024?

September 12-15, 2024

Ticketing Information

Online tickets go on sale June 1st.  We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance to avoid long lines at the gate.  Once purchased, we recommend adding to your Apple Wallet to beat the busy network connections on -site.  Or  have the ticket readily available on your phone.

Once your ticket is scanned, you will be wrist-banded which allows you to come and go through all 6 of our show sites during the chosen day you are attending.

Accommodation and Transportation

Book your accommodation well in advance as the area gets crowded during the event. Look for hotels or rentals close to the Newport Yachting Center which is the center of the 15-acre show site.

If flying in, the nearest airports are T.F. Green Airport in Providence and Logan International Airport in Boston. Renting a car or using ride-sharing services can be convenient for getting around Newport.

Best Place to Park

The Newport International Boat Show offers convenient parking at Easton’s Beach in Newport. A parking pass is $40 per vehicle and is good for any one day, Thursday – Sunday. There are continuous, complimentary shuttles to and from the boat show site (only 1.5 miles) from 8am to 8pm all four days of the Show. Parking passes available for purchase online when ordering your admission ticket.

Show Layout and Exhibits

Familiarize yourself with the show layout by checking the map available on our website. Note the locations of different exhibits, display areas, restrooms, and information booths.

Research the exhibitors beforehand to identify the ones you are particularly interested in visiting. This will help you plan your route efficiently.

Need Assistance? Have a question?

During the Show, if you have a specific question on the show site map or are looking for a particular exhibitor, please visit our ‘Information’ booths located on the top of Commercial Wharf and Market Square.  Our information staff is ready to assist.  For ticketing issues, concerns or other questions, please visit our Show Office located on Market Square.  Prior to the show, please call our office at 401-846-1115.

Weather and Dress Code

Newport’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s advisable to dress in layers. Bring a light jacket, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes that are easily slipped on and off as some boat displays will ask you to remove your shoes before boarding.

Schedule and Seminars

Take a look at the show’s schedule to plan your day accordingly. Note the timing of seminars, product demonstrations, and other special events that interest you.  Arrive early for popular seminars as seating might be limited.

Boating Safety

Prioritize your safety and the safety of others. Follow all safety guidelines provided by the exhibitors and show organizers. Be cautious while boarding or disembarking boats and watch your step on docks, especially during peak hours when it can get crowded.

Networking and Learning Opportunities

Use the boat show as an opportunity to connect with fellow boating enthusiasts, industry professionals, and exhibitors. Engage in conversations, ask questions, and seek advice. Boat shows are great platforms to expand your knowledge and make valuable connections.

Food Options within the Show Grounds

The Newport International Boat Show offers a variety of food options, including on-site vendors and nearby restaurants. Check the map for designated food areas within our show site and visit DiscoverNewport.org for a variety of dining options in downtown Newport.

Composting and Water

We do not have water refill stations on site, but water is available for sale at all of our bars.  Please help us keep our show grounds clean and divert compost and recycling from entering the landfill, look for the zero-waste recycling stations on the show map sponsored by Clean Ocean Access.

Ticket Refund Policy

Each ticket is valid for one day only. No exchange or refunds.  This is a rain-or-shine event.

Are pets allowed on show grounds?

For safety reasons, animals are not allowed inside the show due to safety and health reasons unless it is a certified service animals.

Are strollers allowed on show grounds?

Strollers are not allowed inside the show due to safety reasons. Please Park your stroller in the designated stroller parking area near the Show Office located in Market Square.

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