Big fall shows on tap in Northeast

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Fall boat show season in the Northeast will soon be in full swing with three in-water shows — Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, the Norwalk (Conn.) International In-Water Boat Show and the Boston International In Water Boat Show.

Now in its 34th year, the Newport Show will take place Sept. 16 to 19. The show features a selection of new sailboats and powerboats, as well as thousands of products and services. Last year more than 65 new boats and hundreds of marine-related accessories made their debut in Newport.

Multiple waterfront facilities along America’s Cup Avenue and Thames Street host the show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine and Bannister’s Wharf, all connected by show docks. Other show sites include nearby Bowen’s Wharf, which will feature Down East style boats, and Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, which hosts the Passagemaker TrawlerPort Program and showcases center-console boats on land.

While the sites are within easy walking distance, free water taxi service is available.

The show also features a roster of seminars. Programs include “Women at the helm” and “Kids Aboard,” a program in which local kids will build boats at the show and launch them.

Regular adult admission prices are $16 for one day or $28 for two. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. The show kicks off Sept. 16 with VIP Day. Tickets for that day cost $20. Advanced tickets are available at discount prices (except VIP Day) of $12 for one day or $24 for two. Half-price admission is available to area residents during Newport County Day on Sept. 17. Tickets are $8. www.newportboatshow.com

The 29th annual Norwalk show will be held Sept. 23 to 26, and features more than 750 of the newest power- and sailboats.

Other features include the Mahogany Memories exhibit of restored classic vessels, seminars, Kid’s Cove (featuring a 30-foot tsunami slide), demonstrations on making Adirondack guide boats, and free power- and sailboat rides on Long Island Sound.

Attendees can also scuba dive for free in a 26,000-gallon pool supplied by Diving Equipment Manufacturers and staffed with experts. Allstate will be giving away free life jackets to children 12 and under while supplies last on the final two days of the show.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 (under 5 are free). Group sales are also available. www. boatshownorwalk.com

Now in its sixth year, the Boston show will take place at the World Trade Center on Boston Harbor Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. Organizers say they have expanded the dock area 20 percent to accommodate a larger and more diverse group of in-water exhibits. The show features more than 500 power- and sailboats, hardware, engines and accessories exhibited by more than 100 of today’s marine industry leaders. The show will feature daily clinics from professionals on navigation, sailing, electronics and marine accessories.

Admission is $12 for adults, or $6 after 6 p.m. Children under 12 are $5 (under 6 are free). www.bostoninwater boatshow.com