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“Don't bother!!”
Review of The Santa Maria Columbus - CLOSED

The Santa Maria Columbus
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Owner description: Visitors experience life at sea while exploring a working 15th-century tall ship.
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't bother!!”
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

Not open - don't waste your time!!!
Would be nice if website was updated letting people know they are not open. Disappointing!

3 Thank Tracy R
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“cool scene”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

went to columbus to vist family they brought us to the santa maria that was a cool ship to see the kids loved it they didnt want to leave

Visited May 2013
1 Thank David A
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West Covina, California
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“See the Santa Maria in Columbus, Ohio”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Named for Christopher Columbus, it isn’t surprising that Columbus, Ohio would have a replica of his ship, the Santa Maria. What is surprising is the craft’s size. It is tiny. At first glance it is hard to believe it’s a full-size replica of the Santa Maria and not a scale-down model. It’s barely 98-feet long. Not even half the length of a football field. It would easily fit diagonally inside a baseball diamond third base to first base with almost 30-feet to spare.

The Santa Maria floats in the water on the east bank of the Scioto River, in Battelle Park, just north of the Broad St. Bridge. It is claimed to be the “world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship.”

You can tour the Santa Maria, its decks, cargo hold and crew quarters and get some idea of what working and living aboard the ship was like—and wonder how such tiny secondhand ships made it across the Atlantic Ocean. There are displays that dramatize the courage and determination of these explorers on their mission, and also show the far-ranging impact it had not only in 1492, but also for centuries afterward

Visited August 2013
5 Thank richardb1207
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Columbus, OH
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Took my daughters for a tour and I think we were on the boat and off in about 20 minutes. Boat is small and the tour person didn't really seem like they were all that knowledgeable. Boat wasn't that interesting and my girls felt it was a waste of time too.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank jacketsman
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Taylor, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
275 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Most enjoyable but is's now closed for restoration.”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Please disregard the above 5th street address. It has nothing to do with the tour of the ship. The ticket office is located on the river next to Santa Maria . It's an enclosed floating platform which also contains a small gift shop. It' a small ship and I cannot imagine the horrid conditions while sailing across the Atlantic. The Nina and Pinta were even smaller. I am amazed that Columbus kept everything and everyone together for the voyage. One thing I think of with the tall ships, is ships wheel for navigation. Not so with Columbus's three ships. The rudder is attached to a large tiller. At least two men were needed for their navigation, maybe more in ruff seas. This ship is rich in history. Please take advantage of it on your next trip to Columbus, Ohio.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank tiggerthehun
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