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Galveston Historical Foundation

Event Information: TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON

A fleet of tall ships will sail their way along the Gulf Coast to participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2023 series, with public maritime festivals held in each port. While in port, the ships will be open to the public for viewing and sail away opportunities, and many will feature dockside exhibits and lively interactions with the crew. Each ship has its own educational program and mission, providing the public with a wide array of ways to participate and sail.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE THE SHIPS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
The tall ships are not equipped for handicapped access. However, the piers will be handicapped accessible.

WHERE CAN WE STAY?
A limited number of rooms are available as part of our VIP package at the Harbor House hotel, located inside the festival grounds. Additionally, Galveston Island offers numerous lodging opportunities. Click here for more information on hotels, short-term rentals, bed and breakfasts, and more!

WHERE SHOULD WE EAT?
Numerous options are available while inside the festival grounds. Restaurants, with amazing views of visiting ships, include Fisherman’s Wharf and Willie G’s. In addition, the festival will feature numerous food trucks and vendors.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?
The event is rain or shine. Please prepare for the weather by bringing sunscreen, rain jackets, and/or umbrellas. There will be a lot of walking involved, so comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Please see the list of prohibited items to ensure you are allowed access with your belongings. There will not be a storage area for those items not allowed.

ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Be kind to your pets, and please leave them at home.  Pets are not allowed at the events (excluding service animals).

CAN I BRING A STROLLER?
Strollers are allowed on the piers and event sites. Strollers are not allowed on the ships, but there will be space on the piers for strollers next to ship gangways. The placement of strollers is based on the honor system.  There is no specific parking area for strollers.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED?
To keep everyone safe, please note the following items are prohibited inside the festival area:

  • Fireworks
  • Drones
  • Coolers
  • Pop-up tents or canopies
  • Cans, glass containers
  • Pets (excluding certified service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Guests are not allowed to bring in their own food or drink.
  • Reminder: There will be no storage of bags.

ABOUT TALL SHIPS GALVESTON®

The 2023 Tall Ships® Galveston festival hosts tours of participating ships, numerous special events, sail-away excursions, music, food, and fun in a family-friendly format. Galveston Island serves as one of three ports for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2023 Series, which features a fleet of ships traveling across the Gulf of Mexico as they visit other participating cities. Learn more here.

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 provide 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. Learn more at tallshipsamerica.org.

ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency, and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day. Learn more at galvestonhistory.org.

PLEASE NOTE: TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open, rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. All ships are viewable from the pier. However, on-board tours are not handicap accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit. 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 will have them secured by on-site security and will be asked to go through additional screening.










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