The 2 Best RV Shows In Connecticut

When you think of popular northeastern destinations, Connecticut might not be the first state that springs to mind. After all, this is the region that boasts cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, with all the cultural and historical to-dos those destinations promise.

But it would be unwise to dismiss “The Land of Steady Habits,” as it’s been called. Connecticut offers a world of fun and adventure for the curious camper, whether you’re looking for outdoorsy pursuits or to spend some time in town.

The Mystic Seaport, for example, is famed for its museum full of ancient ships, many of which are well over a hundred years old. The kids will have fun and learn a little something at the nearby Mystic Aquarium, which is especially prized for its beluga whale exhibits.

Don’t miss the chance to visit New Haven, home of one of America’s most prestigious universities — Yale. Simply traipsing through this stunning campus and admiring the architecture is sure to capture your imagination, but you can also explore the school’s famous Art Gallery.

If you’re looking to get out of town and into the wild, Connecticut doesn’t disappoint. Outdoorsy campers will enjoy dozens of state parks, offering experiences ranging from beachside lounging to hiking along waterfall-strewn trails. You can even explore a unique and fascinating 20th-century castle!

In other words, it’s no surprise that more and more RV campers are adding Connecticut to their list of places to see. The state offers a wide range of experiences and activities sure to please everyone in your party.

And if you’re intrigued to attend one of those camping shows you’ve heard about, Connecticut’s a great place to do so. It’s got one of the largest RV shows in the northeast, and it’s held in the great city of Hartford — which has so much to offer after you’re done checking out the expo!

You’ll also enjoy other popular events and expos in Connecticut — many of which are boat shows, which makes sense since Connecticut has a long and storied seafaring history. Although a boat show isn’t the same thing, obviously, as a motorhome show or travel trailer show, you’ll still meet like-minded wanderers and perhaps encounter some new technology that could help make your camping experience better. Plus, it’s just fun to walk around a big event and see all the vehicles!

So, ready to find some fun things to do while you’re in Connecticut?

Here are some of our favorite camper and RV shows in the state — and a boat show we can’t help but recommend to everybody.

1. Northeast RV & Camping Show

When it comes to RV camper shows in the northeastern U.S., Hartford-held Northeast RV & Camping Show is one of the premier options. According to its website, the show “will feature over 140,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, travel trailers, pop-up campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers.”

All of Connecticut’s top RV dealers are sure to be there, presenting dozens of different motorhomes and travel trailers for you to explore and walk through.

Why you’ll love the Northeast RV & Camping Show

Although the organizers haven’t yet published their list of which dealers and exhibitors will be present this January, this well-regarded event is sure to draw a huge population of vendors. You’ll get the chance to walk through and explore a wide variety of RV makes, models, sizes, and styles, not to mention shopping and learning about accessories and technologies that can improve your camping comfort or increase the longevity of your vehicle.

Even if you’re not in the market for a new rig, you’ll find the Northeast RV & Camping Show informative and interesting. Dozens of campground representatives will be on hand to give you information about fun, new spots and RV parks to explore across Connecticut, and beyond. Who knows? Maybe your next great adventure is just around the corner!

Finally, dont’ forget that this camping show takes place in Hartford, the state’s capital and also its second-most-populous city. It’s home to a ton of can’t-be-missed tourist sites, including the Mark Twain House and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, not to mention several of the country’s most beautiful public parks and live entertainment venues.

Northeast RV & Camping Show Information

Location: The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut

Address: 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Phone: (860) 665-1582

Email: [email protected]

Dates: January 19-21, 2018

Times: 

  • Friday, January 19: noon to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 20: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 21: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that the box office closes one hour prior to published closing times, and no one will be admitted after the box office closes.

Price:

  • Adults: $12, which includes tax
  • Children 14 and under: FREE!
  • PLEASE NOTE: The box office accepts cash only.
  • Parking: 1 hour for $3.00; 2 hours for $5.00; 3 hours for $7.00; 4 hours or more for $9.00.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Parking prices will only be honored with a special RV Show parking coupon, available at the box office.

Discounts: 

  • Groups of 15 or more will receive a $1.50 admission discount.
  • You can also receive a free coupon for $1.00 off admission by filling out this form.

Tickets: https://ctrvshow.com/tickets-hours-show-parking/

Website: https://ctrvshow.com/

2. Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show

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Alright, so this one isn’t exactly an RV show — but it’s still a pretty amazing event that you don’t want to miss!

Also held in Hartford at the same location as the Northeast RV & Camping Show, the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show is perfect for outdoorsy campers who love to angle and hunt. After all, you don’t just sit in your RV when you’re camping, do you? You get outside and take on nature. This show will help you learn how to get better at all your favorite fishing and hunting skills, and it’s a ton of fun to boot.

Why you’ll love the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show

The Northeast Fishing & Hunting show features a 5,000-gallon fish tank with live fishing demonstrations, and it also hosts seminars by leading fishing and hunting experts. (Don’t worry — even though the lecturers include world-class and award-winning hunters and fishermen, the cost of attending is included with your $12 ticket price!)

You’ll also be able to browse dozens of vendor tables featuring the latest gear and equipment, much of which is likely applicable to your camping lifestyle even if you’ve never gone hunting before. For example, the list of exhibitors includes many purveyors of general outdoor equipment, not to mention dog chews and toys that non-hunting dogs will love, too.

Plus, if you’ve always wanted to give fishing or hunting a try but never had the chance to, the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show is the perfect opportunity to learn more about what it takes and how to do it well. This year, speaking topics will include “Tips on Catching the Fish of Long Island Sound,” by Rock & Roll Charters owner and operator Captain TJ Karbowski, as well as a turkey calling workshop by the founder, president, and co-host of Forever Wild Outdoors Video Productions LLC and the Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures TV.

Finally, keep in mind that the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show is sure to be a lot of fun for even the littlest members of your camping party. All-ages activities and experiences include an archery range, laser sight range, and more.

Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show Information

Location: The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut

Address: 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Phone: (860) 844-8461

Email: [email protected]

Dates: April 6 – 8. 2018

Times:

  • Friday, April 6: noon – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: 

  • Adults: $12
  • Kids age 5 – 12: $4
  • Kids under 5: FREE!

Discounts: Saturday is Veterans’ Appreciation Day, and the first 200 active duty military or veterans in line that day will receive FREE entry with valid ID.

Website: http://fishinghuntingshow.com/

3. Annual Wooden Boat Show

Image via maritimefriends.org

Planning a mystical summer getaway in Mystic? Don’t miss this unique and educational expo, this year its 27th running.

Why you’ll love the Annual Wooden Boat Show

No, wooden boats don’t have anything to do with RV camping… but the handiwork and craftsmanship that goes into their creation is just stunning. There are no other boat shows like this one in America, so if you’re in Connecticut in June, you should make sure not to miss it!

Along with simply admiring the gorgeous vessels around you, you’ll also be able to meet and observe families who are building their own boats by hand — and even make your own, if you partake in the event’s organized Family Boatbuilding. (You would need to order a boatbuilding kit directly from the producer.)

But even if you don’t want to get quite that hands-on, there are tons of activities and demonstration that will entertain your whole family — and teach them something, too!

You can watch skilled blacksmiths work their magic or tour life-size and historically-accurate recreations of famous ships like the Mayflower. Or, you can sit back and relax while you take in one of the films being presented as part of the event’s International Maritime Film Festival. There are some incredible speeches, lectures, and seminars planned for the weekend, too!

Although it’s not exactly an RV Show, this boat show is Connecticut, through and through — so if you really want to get a taste of the local flavor, we can’t recommend any other expo more highly. (Besides, you know you don’t want to miss Mystic, anyway!)

Annual Wooden Boat Show Information

Location: The Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut

Address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut 06355

Email: [email protected]

Dates: June 22-24, 2018

Times: TBA

Price: TBA

Tickets: https://thewoodenboatshow.com/tickets/

Website: https://thewoodenboatshow.com/

Conclusion

We hope this post has convinced you that Connecticut is an incredible place to take an RV getaway, and also home to some of the most exciting and unique expos — both for campers and simply curious adventurers — in the world.

If you don’t already have an RV of your own, it’s possible you’ll find your dream rig at an RV show. But if you’re not quite ready to commit to the lifestyle that fully, you could also consider renting an RV in Connecticut. The state offers many opportunities to RV renters, both from large, corporate dealerships and through RV share’s peer-to-peer, by-owner RV rental market.

Renting an RV through RVshare is a perfect way to get a taste for the RVing lifestyle before you decide you’re ready to buy a rig of your own. By renting several different RVs over the course of a few vacation seasons, you can get a better idea of what features and add-ons are actually helpful for you and your family’s travel style, and which size, type, shape, make, and model of RV will offer you the best camping experience for your investment.

RVshare rigs are also usually available at lower prices than their commercial dealership counterparts, since regular people like you and I own these rigs. They don’t have to worry about the expense of running a business, which means they can afford to list their RVs for rent for a fraction of big dealerships’ prices. They’re also usually well-appointed and cozy — after all, these people actually use them for their own vacations, too!

Finally, we realize that Connecticut doesn’t have the largest list of RV shows to choose from. But fortunately, when you’re in the northeast, another state is never very far away! The United States is perhaps the country where RVing is most popular, and RV shows and expos are held throughout the year in many different American cities and states. If you want to find a camping show in your area, you can google “RV shows near me” to learn about any upcoming events you don’t want to miss.

But as always, it’s worthwhile to stay open minded — which is why we’ve suggested a few non-RV shows in Connecticut in this post. Sure, building a wooden boat or bass fishing might not be something you’ve ever done before, and it might not even be in your comfort zone. But by learning about new outdoorsy activities and things to do, you may just stumble upon a passion you didn’t even know you had!

After all, at one point, you’d never even gone RVing before, right?

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