Houston show returns for 63rd year in January

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The 63rd annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Houston Boat Show) will run from Jan. 5-14 at the NRG Center.

The Houston show, which organizers said is the largest indoor boat show in the nation and the longest-running show of its kind in the Southwest, fills the 700,000-square foot NRG Center.

The show features the latest boats, including pontoon boats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft, as well as a large selection of campers and travel trailers. Also on display are new and innovative boating, fishing and camping equipment and accessories, outdoor furniture, clothing, art and exotic vacations.

From the most seasoned boaters to those who have yet to start, the show offers seminars and fishing demonstrations at the 5,000-gallon Bass Tub aquarium.

Activities also include a longtime show tradition — Fish-O-Rama — where for more than a half-century children have been catching rainbow trout.

Show goers will have the opportunity to experience archery at The Ultimate Shootout Archery Trailer, an interactive experience inside a 40-foot hunting trailer. Participants can shoot a bow at several three-dimensional targets in a natural hunting scene. One side of the trailer is clear plastic glass, so friends and family can see the action and get lots of photos.

A special kids section includes “Radical Indoor Bungee Jumping” and a 24-foot inflatable slide. On Jan. 6-7 and again on Jan. 13-14, children are invited to help build a boat — an 8-foot wooden dinghy-style craft — or they can learn to build a motor or even paint a boat.