Jo Trizila
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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this year is the time to switch things up. People across North Texas are showing appreciation for their dads with all things nautical.

For dads with a passion to be on the water, Bron Beal, executive director of the DFW Summer Boat Expo, shares some unique gift ideas for families.

  • A personalized cooler to keep his beverages cold during the hot summer days.
  • A new fishing vest and hat to keep him sailing in style.
  • All things waterproof – watch, phone case, you name it!
  • A freshly-stocked tackle box complete with all the newest hooks, lines and sinkers.
  • A surprise renewal of his boating license for another year of cruising the waters.
  • A new pair of polarized shades to keep him looking cool.
  • And the ultimate gift – tickets to the DFW Boat Expo!

“Boating is an affordable, family-friendly recreational activity,” Beal said.

The state of Texas agrees, as there are more than a half million boats registered, ranking it sixth in the country according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

It’s no surprise that the DFW Summer Boat Expo, at Dallas Market Hall July 20-23, is the largest boating event in North Texas. This show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. In addition to the display of boats big and small, different vendors will have booths with great deals on boards, skis and tubes, and information on private lessons and camps.

With free admission on Thursday and Friday, and free parking throughout the entire event, the DFW Summer Boat Expo keeps the prices low and the excitement high.

Thursday, July 20, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)
Friday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Dallas Market Hall
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

Cost & Ticket Information:
          $12 Adults
          $6 Children (ages 5-13)
          Free (Children under 5)
          Tickets for the show are only available at the door
          Parking is free of charge

Boating Brands Represented:
Bennington, Regal, Yamaha, South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba, Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Epic, Clearwater, Veranda, Skeeter, Supreme, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White and more

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