Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show March 1-3

February 18, 2024 by SoWal Staff

The Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show returns to Panama City Beach March 1-3 at Aaron Bessant Park next to Pier Park.

The show features hundreds of boats from all major manufacturers and top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Boats ranging from entry level bow riders and center consoles all the way up to the next generation 42' center consoles with quad outboards. The Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show features much more than just boats for active, outdoor beach living along the Emerald Coast. From stand up paddleboards and fishing kayaks, to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear, and beach cruising bicycles.

"We're excited to be able to combine the wonderful aspects of boating and active lifestyles in one of the most dynamic exhibit venues on the Emerald Coast," says Chris Miller, President of Wheels Up Events.

Aaron Bessant Park allows for multiple displays of boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and active lifestyle accessories, including bicycles, fitness products and the latest in outdoor gear. The park is "right-next-door" to Panama City Beach's popular Pier Park outdoor shopping property with 124 stores and many dining and entertainment options.

March 1, Friday - 10 am to Sunset "Red Carpet Opening Day"
March 2, Saturday - 10 am to Sunset "Ladies Day"
March 3, Sunday - 10 am to 5pm "Military Appreciation Day" - Active and retired service members enter free with valid ID

Show Highlights
 - More than $40 MILLION  of marine inventory on display.
 - An up close "touch me" look at every type of boat you could possibly want to put your hands on.
 - Top local dealers with the latest and greatest in high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories
 - the finest stand up paddle boards and fishing kayaks, electric street legal carts, diving, coastal fashion, motorcycles, luxury automobiles, beach cruising bicycles, gourmet food truck catering and much more!

Each year, the show features the top dealers representing the best brands of boats and personal watercraft, and this year is no different. There will be more marine dealers than ever at the show, drawing from all across the region. Boats will be on display from dealers in Dothan, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Shalimar, Eastpoint, Bonifay, and Orange Beach.

With more than $40-Million of marine inventory in the park, dealers will be featuring 'A Boat for Everyone.'

From entry-level boats to quad-powered, 45' center console fishing rigs that always draw big crowds. Fishing boats, wake boats, cruising boats, personal watercraft, and outboard manufacturers are on site offering best-of-year financial incentives and unbeatable 'Boat Show Pricing,' which is indeed a real thing!

For a complete list of exhibitors, more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

Pre-Purchase tickets: $10-$12
At the Gate: $15
Event Long 3 day pass is $25 (BOGO until Jan 31)
Kids (12 and under) - Free

Half Hitch Seminar Schedule - In Their Display Tent

Noon - Surf Fishing
2pm - Bottom Fishing

Noon - Near Shore Trolling
2pm - Slow pitch Jigging

Noon - Offshore Trolling
2pm - Inshore Fishing

Hands On Rigging Stations



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