Event Ideas

What Type of Event Should I Hold?

This year with our partnership with Discover Boating we are focusing on not only land-based events, but we are bringing you the opportunity to let visitors have on-the-water experiences with skilled trainers guiding them in the basics of boat operation. Marinas are encouraged to hold a fundraiser of their choice during their National Marina Days celebrations!

Landside Activities

What you create to entice visitors to your marina is guided only by what you and your staff can imagine and put together. We only ask that you consider bringing visitors some more information on the fun of boating, your commitment to your community, the value of keeping our waters clean, and how they can become boaters.

Options for such a celebration include, but are not limited to:

  • Tours of your facility
  • Children’s activities and events, such as scavenger hunts, build a boat projects, touch tanks
  • Raffles and charity fundraisers
  • Clean-up day
  • Environmental demonstrations
  • New boat demos
  • Fishing rodeos
  • Boating safety demonstrations
  • Booths of items for sale from local businesses
  • Live music
  • Picnics
  • Sailing races or boat parades

Experiential On-Water Events

Letting people take the helm on a boat will show them how much fun boating is and how easy it can be with a few fundamental skills. Bring hands-on training to your National Marina Days event and see your participants walk off the boats so excited and enthused about boating that they can’t wait to buy a boat and get back on the water.