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“Very nice attraction”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #6 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Gambrills, MD
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very nice attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We visited the Elissa tall ship, museum and boat ride today. The ship is beautifully restored with lots of interesting informational plaques to help you understand the ships mechanics and history. The museum is small however well laid out, informative, with a brief 10 minute video which explains the history of the restoration project of the ship. The boat ride was very nice. The captain was well versed in the history of the port. We saw several schools of dolphins. In spite of the rain we had a lovely boat ride. The three activities was $20/pp which is very reasonable.

Visited August 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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317 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Nice history lesson”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

The ship is very nice but the cost is a little over priced for the attraction. There is also a little shop next to the ship that was interesting,

Visited July 2014
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Barstow, California
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45 reviews
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“Awesome piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

I didn't see the Elissa advertised anywhere or even mentioned on the "duck boat" tour, so was pleasantly surprised by how nice it is. Depending on how much of a sailing or history buff you are, you could spend anywhere from 30min-2hr. It is right next to a nice restaurant and other attractions at Pier 21, so it can be fit into an afternoon's activities. They have a little gift shop & museum area where you buy tickets before goin on the ship which is docked right beside it. There's a nice video which explains how the Elissa was found and refurbished (which is an amazing story). Would be nice if they gave more of the ship's early history as a sailing vessel. The only downside of the ship, if there is one, is that although it was completely renovated to its original style, also/instead has modern amenities such as wired electricity and an engine. Forgiveable though since the historical society actually takes it out sailing once a year!!

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Lampasas, Texas
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87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Don't you dare go to Galveston and not visit the Elissa!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is a must do while in Galveston if you even remotely enjoy history or old ships of any kind. It is amazing how they have restored this ship. They are still re-doing a few of the sleeping quarters but that does not interfere with seeing the whole ship. Takes you back to the days where brave men sailed the open seas in crowded dangerous conditions. It was amazing how they lived with very little room for personal effects. When you get your tickets I recommend getting the portable machine that gives you info about the Elissa at every numbered location. The galley and sleeping quarters were most interesting to me when on board. So good that if it is not blazing hot would be worth maybe going around her twice. They have a small museum that should really have more artifacts in it then it does but interesting none the less. Upstairs they have a short film on the Elissa that is worth seeing. If it is hot outside it is a good way to cool off before heading back to your vehicle. They have a small gift shop and clean rest rooms also. Go as early as you can in the summer because it gets toast down below deck quick in July. Ship lovers of every age and size owe it to themselves to step up to the plate and visit this magnificent ship.

Visited July 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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43 attraction reviews
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“Neat to see an Old Schooner Ship”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We actually saw this a few year back and thought it was neat. After checking this out, we ate at a nice restaurant near there.

Visited July 2014
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