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Winter Boating Activities: January 2019 Harborside Events

Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 1/4/19 5:29 PM

Happy 2019! With the holiday season behind us, it's time to look ahead and start planning a new year on the water.

The start of a new year means a clean slate: 365 days to explore more harbors, marinas, and boating events. If your resolution includes getting out on the water more, start today! Find a beach clean-up, boat show, or a polar plunge near you. 


Jump to your region: East Coast | Florida & The Keys | Gulf Coast | Inland Waterways | The Great Lakes | West Coast | The Islands

Know of boating-related events near you in January or February? Get in touch: tweet at us, message us on Facebook, or email amanda.jones@dockwa.com


East Coast


  • Boston

    • January 1 - 31: Ice Skating on the Frog Pond. Bring your whole family for a fun afternoon of ice skating in Downtown Boston. 

    • January 3 - 27: Historic Holiday Strolls. The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the unique backdrop of Boston's historic sites and the American Revolution, makes these merry 90-minute tours a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. 

    • January 3 - 6: Downtown Boston Holiday Market. Browse, shop, and enjoy the holiday season in Downtown Crossing where numerous local vendors will be showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, food, candles, clothing, and much more. 

    • January 6: Charles River Aquatics Masters 100 x 100 Memorial Marathon Swim. A fun, team-building events with simmers and triathletes from around New England + the nation. 

    • January 26: Winter Wildlife Cruise. Grab your camera and join park rangers and local naturalists to observe animals who make their wintertime home in Boston Harbor and around the outer Harbor Islands. 

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Rhode Island

  • Newport

    • January 5: Beach Cleanup at Fort Adams. Ring in the new year with a cleanup at one of Aquidneck Island's most historic sites. 

    • January 19 - 25: Newport Wellness Week. A week-long celebration of mind, body and spirit. Featuring a diverse array of wellness events, special offers and deals throughout Newport County. 

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  • Mystic 

    • January 5: Mystic Chantey Blast & Pub Sing. Blast away the winter blahs with Mystic Seaport chantey staff and many of the finest chantey singers in the Northeast. 

    • January 25: Prosecco with Penguins. Unwind with beautiful underwater views as you sip, socialize and visit one of Mystic Aquarium's most popular animals - the Penguin. 

    • January 26: Pizza with Penguins at the Mystic Aquarium. Enjoy pizza while viewing the Penguins that live in the Aquarium. 

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New York

  • New York City

    • January 1 - 4: Luminaries. A mesmerizing holiday light installation. Visitors are immersed in the suspended canopy of glowing lanterns that change in color and intensity within the Winter Garden. 

    • January 19: Fine Wine + Food Festival. Indulge in endless wines from the North Fork of Long Island and New York regions, New Jersey, and abroad. Taste gourmet foods from Long Island & NYC's best restaurants and food trucks. 

    • January 21 - February 8: NYC Restaurant Week. Hundreds of restaurants throughout the City will be rolling our special prix-fixe menus for a limited time. 

    • January 23 - 27: New York Boat Show

    • January 26: Winter Jam. A free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages in Central Park. Enjoy sledding, learn to ski or play in the snow field. 

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  • Annapolis

    • January 18 - 19: The 2019 Super Plunge. Be brave 24 times in 24 hours. Help benefit the Special Olympics Maryland by plunging into the water 24 times every hour during the 24-hour time period. 

    • January 26: The 2019 Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. Every January ~10,000 people plunge into the water all to benefit the Special Olympics Maryland.  


Florida & The Keys

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Gulf Coast


  • Gulf Shores – 

    • January 27: The Big Beach Marathon + Half Marathon. The marathon reveals beautiful scenery as it runs though the paved trail system of Gulf State Park before finishing the last mile on Beach Blvd with great views of the Gulf of Mexico. 


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West Coast


  • Los Angeles – 

    • January 1 - 6: Los Angeles Zoo Lights. See glowing animals welcome you on a nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of colors. 

    • January 10 - 13: The Los Angeles Boat Show

    • January 11 - 25: LA Restaurant Week

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  • Port Angeles –  January 19: Introduction to the Navigational Rules of the Road. This course is a perfect refresher for salty dogs or a great introduction for new boaters. Learn the 38 rules - what you need to know to maneuver safely in the straight, in the sound and internationally. The course is free for all and is held at the Port Angeles Yacht Club. 

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Inland Waterways



  • Nashville – January 10 - 13: The 2019 Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show at the Music City Center. 


  • Denver – January 18 - 20: The 2019 Denver Boat Show at the Colorado Convention Center.  

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The Great Lakes




  • Minneapolis – January 24 - 27: Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

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The Islands

The Bahamas – 

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The British Virgin Islands – 

  • January 24 - 27: Summer in January. Here are a list of the events that are taking place during these days: 

    • January 24: Hush Soiree. The official VIP welcome reception. 

    • January 25: The All-White Beach Party. An upscale tropical dance party experience on the beach. The dress code is "all-white." 

    • January 26: Reggae in the Ruins featuring Romain Virgo. A mystical night of live Reggae bands, featured local artist, local food,  island-style bars, arts & crafts vendors and more. 

    • January 27: The Powerboat Party. All ocean roads lead to Pirate's Bight (Norman Island, BVI) for a beach party with a live DJ. 

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Puerto Rico – 

  • January 2 - 29: Winter Baseball Season. There are four teams from around the island playing in the league with 18 Round Robin games played throughout the month. 

  • January 16 - 20: The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian. A big multi-street party where hundreds of thousands of people pour into Old San Juan for the celebration. 

  • January 25 - 27: The 6th Annual Legend Surf Classic. A yearly event that celebrates the original surfers that started the sport in Puerto Rico. 

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Reminder: Share your event with us! Email amanda.jones@dockwa.com or post to our Facebook Group.

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