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EAA Seaplane Base

Have you ever been to the EAA Seaplane Base at Airventure?
If not, then you should should work this in to your schedule for next year!

After a busy week of exploring Airventure and taking everything in, head over to the south end of Lake Winnebago to see over 100 aircraft on floats.

Buses make regular runs between the AirVenture grounds and the Seaplane Base, departing from the Bus Park Tower just outside the Main Gate and the Amphib Parking area at the south end of the airport ($3 round trip for this shuttle).

The Watermelon Social presented by Wipaire, Inc. is the Seaplane Base's big annual event, held on Saturday night. The event started back in 1989 with a few seaplane pilots and volunteers who happened to have a watermelon. In it’s early days there were only a few people attending who enjoyed conversation, camaraderie and “hangar flying”. This social event grew larger in its popularity with its picturesque backdrop and now serves 700 people. This is an opportunity to meet seaplane pilots from all over the world and share stories and acquire friendships.

Food for the dinner event is on Saturday evening of AirVenture starting at 5:00 p.m. and is served until 7:00 p.m. Social activities continue through 9:00 p.m. Serving barbeque pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, and veggies along with beer, soda, water and, of course, watermelon. Take home a souvenir glass mug and you might even win a door prize! Buses are provided from the main AirVenture grounds to and from the Seaplane Base with the last bus leaving the Base at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and available throughout the week at the Seaplane Base Registration Office. This is a popular event and tickets do sell out so get yours while they last!