I have been planning to go to the San Diego International Boat Show for quite a few weeks now and I was really excited to take my kids! One of my favorite things to do with my dad as a child was fishing and I remember when he used to take me to some boat shows. I knew it would be fun seeing my kids’ reactions to all the boats. I unfortunately broke my tail bone a couple days ago so I could only spent a short time at the show, but we still had a great time. Upon entering the show, there are quite a few vendors (a lot relating to fishing, aquatics, etc) but there are also vendors for the home. My kids especially had fun with the patio swings from the David Frank booth. The boats are located at the west end of Spanish Landing Park, and one thing to keep in mind is that there are a few steep steps so it’s good to keep a close eye and hand while climbing into the boats. Some companies also ask for you to remove your shoes so it would be best to wear some flip flops or shoes that are easy to take on and off.
My kids had a blast checking out all the different features of the boats, especially looking for the cabins, “secret” hideaways and little bathrooms. It was a bit tempting not to push any buttons, which is also one of the first things we were told upon boarding the boat. A good thing to keep in mind if you plan to bring your kids is that all the boats are docked on land. My kids kind of expected them all to be in the water and wanted to go on a boat ride.
The San Diego International Boat Show is happening this weekend (June 15-18) at the Spanish Landing Park which borders the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina and is a great place to take Dad for Father’s Day weekend! Be sure to check out more info online for information about tickets, parking, vendors and more: http://www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com.