Freedom Boat Club to bring virtual reality boating to Jacksonville Boat Show

Freedom Boat Club will be bringing something extra to the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show this year. Visitors are invited to participate in virtual reality boating with Freedom Boat Club. The members-only boat club will have their 70-foot houseboat docked at Metropolitan Park Marina for the show, April 5 – 7, where they will be demonstrating their newest way to showcase boating made easy.

“We are so excited to roll out this state-of-the-art way to experience freedom on the water,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “We invite everyone to come aboard the houseboat, strap on a virtual reality headset and check out how much fun it is to be a Freedom Boat Club member.”

The Freedom Boat Club virtual reality will take people out on a virtual boat ride. The user can drive the boat like they are actually on board in our local waterways. They can also take a tour of each of the Freedom Boat Club boats including deck boats, bowriders, center consoles, pontoon boats, bay and flats boats. The virtual reality boating was created locally by Freedom Boat Club member Twenty20 Creative.

In addition to virtual reality boating, Freedom Boat Club will also be offering free rides on the Freedom Boat Hut, a floating tiki bar. Visitors can sign up for the free boat rides at the Freedom Boat Club tent. Freedom Boat Club is a supplier sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show.

The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show opens Friday, April 5 at noon until 6 p.m., Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $10 and can are available at

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