The 5 Best RV Shows in Florida

Ah, Florida. There’s no place else quite like it in America — or the world, for that matter.

This sunny state has so much more to offer than beautiful beaches and palm trees… although there’s nothing wrong with digging your toes into its sandy shores. And if you want to see a world-class sunrise or sunset, there’s no better place on earth than along Florida’s eastern and western coastlines, respectively.

Camping in Florida can be an incredible and versatile adventure, even if you never leave the state. You might start out sipping cocktails and noshing on fresh seafood on the gulf beaches only to find yourself in a dense, magnolia-strewn forest in the northeast a few days later. That’s not to mention the snorkleable springs, hike-and-bikeable trails, and even caves that can be found across the state’s center. You’ll encounter animals ranging from tall, stalking storks to exotic iguanas and alligators. And, of course, Florida’s got some incredible cities, too, whether you’re looking to party in Miami or have some wholesome fun with the kids at one of Orlando’s theme parks. It’s even home to the oldest city in the country — the Spanish-settled St. Augustine, Florida, just an hour south of Jacksonville.

Perhaps precisely because it does have so much natural beauty, culture, wildlife, and diversity to explore, Florida’s also one of the best states to visit if you’re looking to experience a camper and RV show. The state hosts some of the best-known motorhome shows in the nation, and vendors of all stripes travel from far and wide to participate.

And if you’re a Florida native, you’re in even more luck. Florida’s deceptively big — about 500 miles long as the crow flies. That means you might have to drive six hours or more to hit a camping show if it’s on the other side of the state.

But fortunately, there are so many RV camper shows that take place here, you’re likely to find one closer to your area. Floridians never have to wonder, “Why aren’t there ever any RV shows near me?”

With so many travel trailer shows and expos to choose from, however, it can be difficult to discern which ones are the best and most worthy of your time. So we put together this list of some of our favorite RV events in Florida — and trust us, you won’t be disappointed with any of them.

1. Florida RV Supershow

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Coming up on its 33rd year running, the Florida RV Supershow is the largest RV show in Florida — and, according to many campers and attendees, one of the biggest and best in the world.

It’s hard to argue against that point, considering it sprawls across over 26 acres of the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. More than 450 vendors attend, ready to help you maximize your camping experience with their cutting-edge goods and services. All of Florida’s top RV dealers are represented.

Technically, the event takes place from January 16 – 21 — but Tuesday, January 16th is “Industry Day,” an exclusive opportunity for RV-related businesses to visit the show and network with exhibitors. But from the 17th to the 21st, the expo is open to the public. And luckily, your $10 entry fee gets you a free second-day return. After all, you might not have time to see it all in one visit!

Why you’ll love the Florida RV Supershow

Besides the baffling number of vendors, you’ll also have the chance to walk through rigs of all different makes, models, and styles. That’s a great way to learn more about different manufacturers, and also to get a better feel for which kind of RV might be right for you.

Furthermore, Tampa is also home to Lazy Days, one of the largest RV dealerships in America. So even if you don’t find your dream vehicle during the fair itself, you have a fantastic, well-regarded (and huge in its own right!) sales center just up the road.

It’s just $12 to dry camp at the Fairgrounds, and your ticket price gets you a second day’s entry free — so why not make a weekend out of it? That way, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the fair, visit the dealership, and still get a taste of the local flavor. (Don’t miss grabbing a grouper sandwich up in Clearwater!)

Florida RV Supershow Information

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida

Address: 4800 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33610

Phone Number: Contact the Florida RV Trade Association at (813) 741-0488

Fax: (813) 741-0688

Email: [email protected]

Dates: January 16-21, 2018

Times: 

  • Tuesday, January 16 (Industry Day): 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 17 – Saturday, January 20: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: 

  • Adults: $10 — and each ticket is good for a FREE 2nd day return!
  • Children 16 and under: FREE!
  • Parking: $6 for cars; $12 for RVs

Discounts: 

  • Wednesday, January 17th is Senior Citizen’s Day, and seniors will get $1.00 off admission
  • Military and First Responders get $1.00 off admission every day of the fair with valid ID
  • Industry Professionals will get the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s “Industry Day” for FREE when they pre-register and provide proper industry identification

Website: http://www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow/

2. Tampa Bay Summer RV Show

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Although it’s not quite as huge as the Supershow, the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show is the perfect solution if you just can’t make it to the bay area in January. It’s still attended by dozens of RV dealers and vendors… and better yet, it’ll only cost you $4 to get in!

Why you’ll love the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show

Enjoy exploring everything the southwestern Florida camping community has to offer in the Florida State Fairground’s covered — and air conditioned — show center. Plus, last year, the FRVTA put out a coupon to get you a buck off your ticket, which is already pretty darn cheap!

Tampa Bay Summer RV Show Information

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida

Address: 4800 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33610

Phone Number: Contact the Florida RV Trade Association at (813) 741-0488

Fax: (813) 741-0688

Email: [email protected]

Dates: TBA, but last year’s show took place over the second weekend in June

Times: TBA

Price: TBA, but here are last year’s prices for an estimate:

  • Adults: $4
  • Children 16 and under: FREE!
  • Parking: $6 for cars; $12 for RVs

Website: http://www.frvta.org/show/tampa-bay-summer-rv-show/

3. Annual SuperSaver RV Show

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A bit further south along Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast, you’ll find this well-known RV expo, which is coming up on its 23rd year. In recent years, over half a dozen RV dealers participated, showing hundreds of makes, styles, and models to the 2,000+ campers who attended.

Why you’ll love the Annual SuperSaver RV Show

Not only is the Annual SuperSaver Show held in one of the most picturesque parts of Florida… but it’s also all about helping you save money. Case in point: it features FREE entry! Plus, the dealers will strike great deals with you on a potential RV purchase.

Annual SuperSaver RV Show Information

Location: Century Link – Lee Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, Florida

Address: 14400 Ben Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Ft. Myers, Florida 33912

Phone Number: Contact the Florida RV Trade Association at (813) 741-0488

Fax: (813) 741-0688

Email: [email protected]

Dates: TBA, but last year’s show took place over the third full weekend in April

Times: TBA, but last year’s show was open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Price: TBA, but last year’s show was FREE, including FREE PARKING!

Website: http://www.frvta.org/show/22nd-annual-super-saver-rv-show/

4. Ocala RV Show

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Not every great RV show in Florida takes place along the southwestern coast. In fact, this one’s pretty darn central — which means you’ll be able to get to it in just a few hours, no matter what part of the state you call home.

Why you’ll love the Ocala RV Show

Held annually in the beautiful Florida Horse Park, the Ocala RV Show exhibits the wares of over a dozen RV dealers from across the state on average. In 2016, over 4,500 campers attended to explore the huge number of motorhomes, travel trailers, and nifty new camping technologies vendors laid out for guests.

Plus, Ocala’s close by to several classic Florida destinations, from Weeki Wachee’s mermaid shows to the bright lights and roller coasters of Disney World. After you’re done exploring the show, you’ll find no shortage of Florida State and RV parks in the area, whether you want to boondock or get set up fancy-style in a campground with hookups.

It’s the perfect opportunity to create a central Florida vacation — especially since it’s held in early spring, when it’s not yet hot and humid enough to melt you and your family into a puddle!

Ocala RV Show Information

Location: Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida

Address: 11008 County Road 475, Ocala, Florida 34480

Phone Number: Contact the Florida RV Trade Association at (813) 741-0488

Fax: (813) 741-0688

Email: [email protected]

Dates: TBA, but last year’s show took place over the first weekend in March

Times: TBA

Price: TBA, but here are last year’s prices for an estimate:

  • Adults: $5
  • Children 16 and under: FREE!
  • Parking: FREE!

Discounts: TBA, but last year, the site offered BOGO tickets on Thursday and also granted $2.00 off admission for Military and First Responders on every day of the show.

Website: http://www.frvta.org/show/ocala-rv-show/

5. Jacksonville RV Show

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Think there’s nothing to see or do in northeastern Florida? Think again. The so-called “First Coast” is actually home to a whole host of exciting sights and activities, not the least of which is the annual Jacksonville RV Show.

Why you’ll love the Jacksonville RV Show

With almost 8,000 campers attending in 2016, there’s no question this is one of the largest and most popular RV shows in the state of Florida. Dealers and vendors from across the state congregate in western Jacksonville’s 80-acre Equestrian Center to bring excited travelers some of the best products and services in the industry.

And while you’re in Jacksonville, you’ll have no shortage of amazing things to see and do — particularly if you’re camping. Nearby state parks and attractions range from the driftwood-strewn beaches at Little Talbot Island to over a dozen miles of hiking trails through Florida oak canopy a few miles south in Bulow Creek. Don’t miss the defunct sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins!

Jacksonville RV Show Information

Location: Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida

Address: 13611 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32221

Phone Number: Contact the Florida RV Trade Association at (813) 741-0488

Fax: (813) 741-0688

Email: [email protected]

Dates: TBA, but last year’s show took place over the second weekend in February

Times: TBA

Price: TBA, but here are last year’s prices for an estimate:

  • Adults: $8
  • Children 12 and under: FREE!
  • Parking: FREE!

Discounts: TBA, but last year, seniors got half off the price of admission on Thursday, and military and first responders enjoyed half-priced tickets every day of the show.

Website: http://www.frvta.org/show/jacksonville-rv-show/

Conclusion

Whether you’re into rigorous outdoor adventures or just relaxing by the water, Florida is the perfect place to take a camping trip. The state is big enough, diverse enough — and, let’s be honest, weird enough (I can say so; I’m a native) — to truly offer something for everybody on board your motorhome.

Furthermore, the state’s vast array of RV shows are well-known across the country. (Psst — this list just features a few of the best. There are dozens more RV events and expos that take place in Florida, and even the smaller ones generally put on a pretty good show!)

If you’re in the market for a new rig or just want to learn more about your favorite manufacturer’s newest offerings, Florida’s huge number of dealerships and robust RV camping community can’t be beat. And all of those elements come together during its famous camping expos!

So if you’re ready to see what the southernmost state is really like, pack up your rig and head on down. (Don’t have one of your own yet? No worries — there are tons of RVs for rent in Florida, both in the commercial and rent-by-owner markets.)

You’re bound to encounter wonderful new landscapes, ideas, and animals… and when you attend a Florida RV show, you’ll more than likely make a few new friends, too.

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