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Galveston Historical Foundation

Tickets & Special Events: 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.

FESTIVAL ADMISSIONS

This returning festival hosts tours of the participating ships, numerous special events, sail-away excursions, music, food, and fun in a family-friendly format. Tickets are good from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last tour at 5 p.m.) for the date selected. Fast Pass tickets allow to holders to access on-board tours ahead of the general admission line through a private queue. 

Boarding & Admission
Adult – $25
Adult Fast Pass – $75
Youth (7-12) – $15
Youth (7-12) Fast Pass – $30
Children 6 & Under – Free

Admission Only (No Boarding)
Adult – $15
Youth (7-12) – $10
Children 6 & Under – Free

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VIP EXPERIENCES

TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON VIP packages include overnight lodging at the Harbor House Hotel, located within the festival grounds, Fast Pass tickets for two, and complimentary admission to our Salute to Sunset party. There’s no better way to experience the event than by enjoying one of our limited experience passes! Quantities are limited. Click the link for reservation dates and options.

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SALUTE TO SUNSET PARTIES

Toast the ending of the day and the beginning of the evening with tickets to our special Salute to Sunset party. Ticket holders will enjoy access to tour select tall ships after daytime tours conclude, complimentary craft beer, light hor d’oeuvres, and an unmatched portside setting.

NAO TRINIDAD
4/14 | 7 – 9 p.m. | $75 Per Person

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ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY & ELISSA
4/15 | 7 – 9 p.m. | $75 Per Person

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PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II & ELISSA
4/16 | 7 – 9 p.m. | $75 Per Person

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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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