2014 Detroit Boat Show opens to the public this morning, runs until February 23

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The 2014 Detroit Boat Show opens today at Cobo Center and runs until next Sunday.

This years show is again bigger than last years, with over 300,000 square feet displaying all things boating.

The show features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising, but also has paddle boats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables.

There are also many other activities for people of all ages. There will be a live stingray encounter, Waterwalkerz & New Water Rollerz, a kids boat building center, free boating safety seminar, the APBA Offshore Power Boats, a discover boating center, and an opportunity to meet a live mermaid.

There are also four special admission days.

Monday February 17 is senior day, where seniors over 63 get in for free.  On Tuesday, February 18, ladies get in for free during Don't Rock the Boat and Ladies day, and dealers will donate $100 for every boat sold to Michigan Parkinson Foundation.  Wednesday February 19 is A Boat Load of Food day, where you can bring in five cans of food for Gleaners and get in free between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Finally, on Thursday February 20, tickets are half price between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, and children under 12 are free with an adult admission. The show runs Tuesday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show ends February 23.

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