Show season is officially here in the Pacific Northwest with the upcoming Seattle Boat Show following closely on the heels of the nearby Portland Boat Show which was held earlier this month. Offering enthusiasts and would-be owners the chance to browse over 1000 boats and watercraft and check out the latest gear and technology, this bustling show is the ideal time to get organized before the cruising season arrives or to simply dream about owning your very own superyacht.
This year’s Seattle event will be held from the 25th of January to the 2nd of February at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and the on-water venue at South Lake Union. Kicking off proceedings on January 25th will be the Uncorked opening night event which invites visitors to sample award-wining Californian and Washington State wines while browsing the three acres of accessories and show boats at CenturyLink. On February 1st there will also be a similar event named Sails and Ales for those who prefer a good brew or two.
South Lake Union will be the venue for the in-water part of the show and there will be free heated boat tours at South Lake Union to see the display boats from the water. Amongst the wealth of boats on show here, don’t miss Sundance Yachts who will be showing the Prestige 520, Prestige 630, Prestige 680, and Prestige 750 motorboats.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Free parking is available for those who purchase their tickets online for both the CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union venues. This can be found at Mariners Garage at 301 Edgar Martinez Drive South for CenturyLink and 300 Yale Ave. N. Garage for South Lake Union which is only open over the weekend. To make things even easier for visitors, the show will be putting on a free shuttle bus between the two venues throughout the duration of the event.
For those wishing to stay over and get the most out of the show, there are a wealth of handy nearby options. The Seattle Boat Show has partnered with a number of local hotels including the Silver Cloud Hotel and the Courtyard Seattle which sits right on the banks of Lake Union by the CenturyLink center. There are also ample options close to the South Lake Union venue like the Staybridge Suites and the EVEN Hotel. All of these partner hotels are offering special discounts for groups of show visitors.
If you’re planning to make a trip out of your visit to the show, Seattle has a wealth of attractions and activities to keep everyone entertained. Many of the city’s top sights are just a short walk or cab ride away from the show venues, like the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57, the Space Needle and the Seattle Art Museum. Those traveling with children should take a trip to the Seattle Pinball Museum and the Uwajimaya Asian speciality market which is full of unique groceries and souvenir opportunities.
Tickets for the show cost $16 and include free parking if purchased online. Visitors may purchase a $30 ticket which includes the Uncorked wine tasting event and admission to the show on January 25th.