Tours of both ships will be available Saturday, April 24th through Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Combo tickets for both ships are $20 for adults, $11.50 for youth (6-18), and free for children 5 and under. Advance purchase is recommended through the link below although tickets will be available at the gate based on availability.
Please note: online tickets will close the evening before the day offered. Remaining tickets will be available for walk-up the day of. Advance ticket holders need to show up no later than two hours before closing to guarantee your tour.
Tickets are non-refundable and face masks are encouraged while on-site and during the tour.
ABOUT THE NAO SANTA MARÍA
The Nao Victoria Foundation is a non-profit entity that specializes in promoting and spreading historical events, which are supported by the construction of historical ships (the Nao Victoria, El Galeón, and the Nao Santa María) that are sailed throughout the world’s ports. The Nao Santa María is one of their hallmark vessels and educates on the region’s ships, seamen, seafarer’s tradition, and history. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of the foundation’s history.
ABOUT THE 1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA
Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard 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, the 1877 Tall Ship 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.
ABOUT 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.