TALL SHIPS ARE COMING!®

This new festival will host tours of the participating ships, numerous special events, sail away excursions, music, food and fun in a family friendly format. Galveston Island will serve as the first port in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 Race Series, which will see participating ships race across the Gulf of Mexico as they visit other participating cities throughout the month of April.

  • VISITING SHIPS
    VISITING SHIPS
    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING!® Enjoy a sneak peak of the visiting tall ships to this year's TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON and learn about their incredible histories.
  • GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE
    GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE
    Enjoy a 10% discount on festival admissions until April 1, 2018. Choose from festival admission and onboard tours to exclusive VIP tickets complete with loding inside the festival!
  • GO SAILING!
    GO SAILING!
    No experience at TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON is complete without setting out on one of our participating daysail tall ships!
  • CAN'T MISS SPECIAL EVENTS
    CAN'T MISS SPECIAL EVENTS
    There's more to TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON than just the ships. Enjoy incredible dinners, sunset happy hours and more all weekend long.
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TALL SHIPS SCHOOL DAY

Take your class on a journey to the past with a field trip to historic Galveston harbor during the first ever TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON!

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VIP TICKETS AND LODGING

Located on the festival grounds and steps away from the pier and our visiting ships, this package includes everything you need!

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GO SAILING!

No experience at TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON is complete without setting out on one of our participating daysail tall ships!

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ABOUT THE TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®

The Tall Ships Challenge® is a series of annual events organized by Tall Ships America. These events draw hundreds of thousands of people to witness beautiful tall ships from the age of sail and provides a unique opportunity for the participants to interact with the crews of different vessels in friendly rivalry as they race from port to port.

The series began in 2001 on the Great Lakes and saw vessels from six countries and visited seven US and Canadian ports. Since its launch, the Tall Ships Challenge® series has visited dozens of North American cities, bringing millions of spectators down to the waterfront to experience the tall ships and creating a cumulative economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars for host communities. It has continued to grow every year and is an eagerly anticipated event in the seaside communities that host the vessels and beyond.