Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How much does parking cost and where do I park to attend the Show?
A. Parking is free. Enter the Wharf on Main Street from Canal Road and park in any parking lot. Note: The West end of Wharf Parkway is closed to vehicle traffic due to Show exhibits.
Q. Where are the entrances to the Show?
A. The main entrance is at the North end of Main Street and easily recognized by the Marlin Tower Sculptures and large Boat Show banner on the condo building. The West entrance to the Boat Show is located immediately next to the Foley Express bridge.
Q. Is there shuttle transportation available?
A. Yes, two specially identified Wharf Boat Show golf carts will randomly patrol the various parking lots during regular boat show hours. Feel free to flag one down if you need a lift although we encourage you to stroll down Main Street and visit the many fine shops and stores on your way to the Show entrance.
Q. What about inclement weather? Will the Show remain open if it's raining?
A. Yes. Many of the exhibits and displays are protected by tents And the Wharf has many fine restaurants and retail shopping opportunities to spend some time while a shower passes.
Q. If I leave the Show to eat in one of the Wharf's restaurants, can I get back in?
A. Yes, your wristband will permit re-entry.
Q. What about handicapped accessibility?
A. Dedicated temporary ADA parking spaces are located immediately in front of the main Show entrance. ADA compliant restroom facilities are available in the Wharf Outfitter store. The Wharf Marina floating docks are ADA compliant; however, please use caution due to the high amount of pedestrian traffic and special boat show dockage and possible tripping hazards. Ask for assistance from any Boat Show personnel.
Q. What's all the buzz I hear about Thursdays VIP Stars Over Alabama Red Carpet preview event?
A. It's an unique and upscale Red Carpet event which allows you to enjoy the best of the Show with live entertainment, complimentary Champaign toast and special dealer events and promotions all prior to the official opening of the Show.
Q. How can I get an Invitation to the Stars Over Alabama VIP Red Carpet Preview Party?
A. Invitations are available through your boat or yacht dealer.
Q. What dress is required?
A. Resort casual is fine, although lots of Red Carpet glam surrounds the event and the paparazzi will be there...
Q. Will my Stars Over Alabama VIP pass allow me to re-enter the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
A. No. The VIP Invitation will only work for Thursdays event.
Q. Can I bring my dog to the show?
A. Yes. Socially adapted, well-trained dogs on leashes are permitted in the show. Owners are responsible for clean up after them.
Q. Are there restrooms available in the Show?
A. Yes, climate controlled comfort stations are provided at each end of the show.
Q. What's the construction building at the West end of the Show?
A. A new Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel projected to be open in June.
Q. Is first aid available?
A. Yes, first responders are located on the property.