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‘Tall Ships’ Maritime Festival Has Begun in Galveston

 To view/download video of the ships sailing along the Galveston coast, click here.
GALVESTON, Texas (April 6, 2018) – A fleet of six historic tall ships arrived in Galveston yesterday for a maritime festival that will include a weekend full of ship tours, sail-away excursions, music, food and other special events.
The Tall Ships Galveston festival, produced by the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) in partnership with Tall Ships America, will run through Sunday and marks the first time this national port festival has been hosted along the Gulf Coast.
While in port, the ships will be open to the public for viewing, and many will feature dockside exhibits and interactions with crew. Galveston’s 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA – docked year-round at the Texas Seaport Museum at Pier 21– is participating in the event.
Tall Ships Galveston will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily today through Sunday for ship tours, music, vendors and more with onboard tours available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday evening a fireworks show will take place at 8:15 p.m. from Pier 21.
General Admission (Adult) $10
General Admission + Onboard Tours (Adult) $20
General Admission (Youth 7-12) $5
General Admission + Onboard Tours (Youth 7-12) $10
All Admission – Children 6 and under FREE
The Tall Ships Challenge is an annual series of races and festivals that rotates on a three-year cycle among the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, Pacific Coast, and Gulf Coast. This year, festivals will take place in Galveston, Pensacola, and New Orleans.
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