No experience at TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON is complete without setting out on one of our participating daysail tall ships! Step onboard LYNX and WHEN AND IF for special daysails into Galveston Bay, twilight tours through Galveston’s historic harbor or take part in the exciting Parade of Sail kickoff to the festival. Space is extremely limited for all sailing opportunities. Ages 4 and over are allowed onboard for sailing, with ticket purchase.

HARBOR & SHIP VIEWING TOURS
  • Daily Schedule-$25 per person
    • Fri., April 6 – Sun., April 8
    • 45-min Tours
    • 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Twilight Schedule-$35 per person
    • Fri., April 6 – Sun., April 8
    • 1-hour Tours
    • 7:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS NOT INCLUDED WITH HARBOR TOUR TICKETS. PLEASE BE SURE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR ADMISSION AND ON-BOARD TOURS.

See the visiting fleet from a totally different angle! Galveston Historical Foundation’s Seagull II will take tours of the Galveston Harbor to show off its rich history and offer guests waterside views of the ships. 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. Photographers welcomed!

LYNX (2001)
  • Parade of Sail-$150 per person
    • Thur., April 5 (9:30 am -4:30 p.m.)
  • Daysails in Galveston Bay-$85 per person
    • Fri., April 6 (1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
    • Sat., April 7 (11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
    • Sun., April 8 (11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
  • Galveston Harbor Twilight Sail-$100 per person
    • Fri., April 6 (6-8 p.m.)
    • Sat., April 7 (6-8 p.m.)

PLEASE NOTE: FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS NOT INCLUDED WITH DAYSAIL AND TWILIGHT SAIL TICKETS. PLEASE BE SURE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR ADMISSION AND ON-BOARD TOURS. FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS NOT NEEDED FOR PARADE OF SAIL RESERVATIONS.

In 1997, Woodson K. Woods embarked on a journey to build a privateer inspired by the original historic tall ship from the War of 1812 – The Privateer Lynx. His goal was to create a living history museum to educate children and adults alike about American history through active sail training aboard a real wooden sailing ship. What went into Lynx was not just wood, rope, brass and canvas, it was something that goes far beyond history, ambition, inspiration, determination, and commitment. On July 28, 2001, in Rockport, Maine, Woods’ vision was realized. Past and present converged as Lynx was launched in a gala event ordaining a magnificent future on the high seas. The creation of Lynx embraces eternal truths: passion, sacrifice, perseverance, honor, and courage.

WHEN AND IF (1939)
  • Parade of Sail-$150 per person
    • Thur., April 5 (9:30 am -4:30 p.m.)
  • Daysails in Galveston Bay-$85 per person
    • Fri., April 6 (11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.)
    • Sat., April 7 (11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.)
    • Sun., April 8 (11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.)
  • Twilight Sail of Galveston Harbor-$100 per person
    • Fri., April 6 (6-8 p.m.)
    • Sat., April 7 (6-8 p.m.)
    • Sun., April 8 (6-8 p.m.)

PLEASE NOTE: FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS NOT INCLUDED WITH DAYSAIL AND TWILIGHT SAIL TICKETS. PLEASE BE SURE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR ADMISSION AND ON-BOARD TOURS. FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS NOT NEEDED FOR PARADE OF SAIL RESERVATIONS.

When General George S. Patton commissioned one of America’s greatest designers to conceive him a boat to be built by F.F Pendleton of Wiscasset, Maine in 1939, he had the ultimate ambition in mind: “When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.” WHEN AND IF was a new idea: a yacht which would maintain all her classic beauty and hold her own in recreational racing whilst being sturdy, comfortable, safe and luxurious enough to take a family on the voyage of a lifetime. Early in 2012, Doug Hazlitt, well known in yachting circles, purchased the WHEN AND IF with plans to return the vessel to its original and Bristol condition. Following an extensive 2 year restoration, she is back in all her glory and ready for you to come and sail her away!

ELISSA (1877)
  • Parade of Sail-$150 per person
    • Thur., April 5 (9:30 am -4:30 p.m.)
PARADE OF SAIL –  SOLD OUT Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrap yard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront.

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY
  • Parade of Sail-$200 per person
    • Thur., April 5 (9:30 am -4:30 p.m.)
  • Port to Port Berths
    • Leg 1 (6 days): Galveston to Pensacola
      7pm Sun., April 8th – 9am Fri,, April 13th
    • Leg 2 (6 days): Pensacola to New Orleans
      7pm Sun., April 15th – 9am Fri., April 20th

Berths are limited to 21+ years old and are $500 per person. Limited private cabins are available for an additional $500 per person (based on double occupancy).

SSV OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the United States and the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years. The ship is named for US Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry led the first US naval victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie; War of 1812. Based out of Fort Adams, Newport Rhode Island, the ship features educational programs focused on growth with leadership development opportunities for students of all ages. Programming includes team building in the form of practical sail training as well as customizable leadership workshops. OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is 200 ft. in length with 7 miles of rope, 160 belaying pins, and 20 sails.


PLEASE NOTE

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.

40 Responses

  1. Virginia

    I was fortunate to board the Elyssa when she was in Corpus Christi on 1986. I named my daughter in her honor

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  2. Nikki

    Hello, I tried to purchase day sail tickets on Lynx for Saturday at 1:15. The price on the website is listed as $85. The purchase price at checkout is set at $150. Also, does the day sail ticket include price of admission or do I need to purchase separate tickets.

    Cheers.

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  3. Janet

    I volunteer for the Grand Opera House, do you have a discount for the volunteers.
    Thank you, the Tall Ship is just beautiful.

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  4. Susan Patterson

    Is there a waiting list for the Parade of Sail in the event of cancellations?

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  5. Leigh Anne Zerko

    How can I become a volunteer for GHF and how can I volunteer at this event. Do I just need to sign up on the volunteer page under the time and place I would like to, or do I need to do anything else prior. How do I know where to show up at and at what time?? I’m interested in volunteering, please provide more info.

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  6. Linda Mosley

    Where will you be able to see the Parade of ships on Thursday?
    Also will the parade be on other days as well?
    Thanks so excited

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  7. Janette

    I am trying to find the link to purchase the 20.00 event tickets. I have my tickets to the onboard mixer Saturday night and am hoping a ticket for a twilight or daysail comes available since I would plan on attending all 3 days. Are there tasses or tickets that give me access for the entire event?

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    • Will Wright

      There are no passes available for the entire event. You will have to purchase on a per event / per day basis. Keep your eyes on our social media for Parade of Sail and Twilight Sail additions.

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  8. Tim Andreassen

    is there a chance you can got on a list if someone cancels ?

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    • Mark Westerman

      Hi Tim,

      I purchased a ticket for day sailing trip on the Lynx. I have 1 at 11:00 am and 1 at 3:30 on Saturday April 7. After I bought the the tickets, I found the Olver Hazzard Perry trip from Galveston to Pensacola and book it. If you want one I would happy to sale you one or both.

      Mark

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  9. Joanne M.

    I just purchased 2 tickets for the Parade of Sail on the Oliver Hazard Perry…the price says $150 in several places, yet the transaction charged $200 each. Will we be on board from 9:30 to 4:30? Should we pack a lunch?! We are happy that this opportunity arose. Thanks.

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  10. James

    Are the 6 day trips all sold out? I clicked on register but it said no sessions found.

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    • Will Wright

      All spots for sailing are currently sold out. We are offering harbor tours via our Seagull II watercraft, daily during the festival.

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  11. Leroy Naschke

    I have a 49ft schooner for charter all day April 567 for$4000 for the 3 days 10amto4pm . for 4 guests or $1500 pr day . Call for info 4093709166 Capt. Tony. She’s gaff rigged with new tops’ls and paint. She is a beautiful vessel.

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  12. Leroy Naschke

    See the Tall Ships aboard the BaySmart Express while cruising the Galveston Ship Channel. Depart Sea Star Base Galveston. Free parking. $65 per person includes drinks and snacks for 3 hour cruise. Reservations only. Holds 65 passengers. http://www.ssbgalveston.org

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  13. Reta

    Is the only time to see all the ships sailing is during the parade on Thursday from 1 to 3 it’s my understanding they are going to be sailing in the Gulf of Mexico along in Stewart Rd is that correct? Is we sit on the beach we will see them?

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  14. Rhonda Rawlings

    Very excited about the Tall Ships weekend approaching. We have tickets of the Lynx daysail on the 8th and understand entrance tickets are also required. We do not have to pay the extra board and tour fee with the entrance ticket, correct?

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    • Will Wright

      Rhonda, with daysail tickets on LYNX, you do not have to purchase festival admission unless you are wanting to tour the other ships. LYNX will be at Texas A&M University and is outside of our festival footprint. That being said, if you do want to come see the other awesome ships, you’d need a festival+onboard access.

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      • Rhonda Rawlings

        Thanks for the info Will. I already purchased festival tickets before I saw your reply. It will be fun. So in order to board for our daysail we go where???

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