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.

LYNX (2001)

  • Parade of Sail-$150 per person
    • Thur., April 5 (2-4 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 (2-4 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 (2-4 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.


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.

11 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

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
  4. Susan Patterson

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

    Reply

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