Houston Boat, Sport and Travel Show 2015

Arts and Entertainment

December 26, 2014

From: Houston Boat Show

A Texas Tradition: The Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show

Do you remember going to the Big Boat Show as a kid? Playing house in the big yachts, climbing over the shiny new boats, picking colorful bait worms out of big buckets? The Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show has been a family tradition for sixty years. It gives families a day together, exploring outdoor activities that will enhance everyone's lifestyle and bring the whole family closer. After 60 years, the annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show is still the largest Indoor Show on the Gulf Coast with a little something for every member of the family.



Stingrays are amazing creatures that inspire curiosity, awe and sometimes even irrational terror but rarely indifference. Why they engender such strong feelings among us varies from a primordial fear of large predators to a respect for their incredible abilities and a deep appreciation of their power and grace.

There can be up to three species of stingrays displayed in this exhibit. These rays are some of the most common of the over five hundred species known to man. Southern rays (Dasyatis Americana) are very friendly and can grow up to six feet across. Cow Nose rays (Rhinoptera Bonasus) are hearty eaters and have good eyesight.

The tank is built high so you can get "face to face" with the animals. These rays are very smart; we teach them to eat out of your hand in just a few days!

Why Wait? Start Training Your Boater Now!

Back This Year Boat Building for Kids! Children of all ages are invited on Saturdays and Sundays to help build an 8-foot wooden dinghy-style boat. All participating kids will be eligible to win a drawing for the finished boat! The Southwest Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will conduct supervised boat-building sessions on both Saturday, Jan. 3rd and Jan. 10th from 11am to 5pm and both Sunday, Jan. 4th and Jan. 11th from Noon to 5 pm. This event is open free of charge to all children who wish to participate. The boat is an 8-foot pram-style dinghy. All the wood pieces will have already been cut. Assembly is by clamps, glue and screws driven by battery-powered drills. During the show each participating child will be issued a ticket to hold and we will conduct a drawing at the end of the last session to select the winner who gets to keep the finished boat.

Relive the Golden Age of Boating

Visit the Antique & Classic Boat display at the Houston Boat Show and relive the golden age of boating! Whether you are interested in the heritage of boating, historic preservation or just the romance of an era gone by, you won't want to miss the lovingly restored vintage boats at this year's show. Sleek styling, varnished mahogany wood exteriors, leather interiors, and polished chrome hardware all serve to distinguish these beautiful boats. The display is sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. Serving Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, the group is dedicated to bringing people together with a common interest in preserving and enjoying antique and classic boats.

Tried & True: The BASS TUB Returns

Get up-close views of a big bass striking a lure, as professional angler Chuck Devereaux demonstrates a variety of techniques for casting and retrieval.

Visitors to this year's show will marvel at the giant 5,000-gallon Bass Tub aquarium, which offers views from both sides and stands nine feet tall. A Bass Tub is a unique aquarium, over 40 feet long, which rolls down the highway as a gooseneck trailer and is transformed into a natural habitat for thirty to forty fish of various species. To simulate the conditions normally found in nature, the tank comes fully stocked with rocks, stumps and dozens of live fish. Using live fish during our demonstrations offers you the chance to see the fish and lure presentation in action. This is a great educational experience for the newbie and the veteran.

FISH-O-RAMA: A Boat Show Tradition

Come enjoy the 59-year-old Houston Boat Show tradition at FISH-O-RAMA for a rare chance to fish for rainbow trout (native to the rivers and lakes of North America) in the indoors. Fish-O-Rama is a great opportunity to introduce kids to the challenge of fishing for this hard-fighting and tasty fish. Kids of all ages can take their catch home with them or just take home the story of the big one that got away.


Roll, flip, and spin on water without getting wet in one of our giant human hamster balls!

Come enjoy the 360 degrees of fun you can have with Bubble Runners. Used by all ages, all over the world, these giant inflatable balls are 5.5' and you crawl inside for a splashing good time without getting even one drop of water on you. Once inside, the ball is filled with air and you can run like a hamster in an inflatable pool. Bubble Runners are a safe way to have fun and make great memories to talk about for years to come.

Show Hours:

January 2, 2015: 1:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

January 3, 2015: 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

January 4, 2015: 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

January 5-6, 2015: 1:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

January 7-9, 2015: 1:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

January 10, 2015: 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

January 11, 2015: 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Location: NRG Park Center, One NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054

Adults $10.00 Children ages 6 12 $4.00 Children 5 and under FREE Only cash will be accepted at the ticket windows. The onsite ticket windows will open 30 minutes prior to show opening and close 30 minutes prior to show closing.

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