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 Series, which will see participating ships travel across the Gulf of Mexico as they visit other participating cities throughout the month of April.
TALL SHIP HARBOR TOURSSee the visiting fleet from a totally different angle! Learn more about the histories of our visiting fleet, view dolphins as you travel through the bay and maybe even catch a glimpse of our day sail vessels as they pass by.
VISITING SHIPSTALL 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 ADVANCEEnjoy 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!No experience at TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON is complete without setting out on one of our participating daysail tall ships!
CAN'T MISS SPECIAL EVENTSThere's more to TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON than just the ships. Enjoy incredible dinners, sunset happy hours and more all weekend long.
Tall Ships® Galveston invites you to Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum to toast the end of the day and beginning of the evening at this special festival event. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you onboard for complimentary wine and beer (courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company), special entertainment and private access aboard our visiting fleet.
Welcome the fleet on Thursday, April 5 during the Parade of Sail! View the ships as they travel Galveston’s historic Seawall Blvd.
PARKING AND SHUTTLES
Looking for our preferred parking options? Get the latest news on where you can park and how best you can enter the festival.
We can’t do it without you! Volunteers receive complimentary admission, ship access, unending adoration and more!
See the visiting fleet from a totally different angle! Learn more about the histories of our visiting fleet, view dolphins as you travel through the bay and maybe even catch a glimpse of our day sail vessels as they pass by.
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!
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!
TALL SHIPS TOP CHEF
Make plans for our daily cookoff featuring chefs from four of our fleet! Each day a new mystery ingredient sets the stage.
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.
Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making the event special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit. Open carry firearms, pets and ice chests are not allowed.
Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured and will be asked to go through additional screening.