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“Beautiful ship but pricy for a family”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #7 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Haslet, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
194 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Beautiful ship but pricy for a family”
Reviewed 30 March 2012

I love the ship but it costs a bit to go see it, espeically if you are paying for a family. The money goes to a good cause though. It doesn't take much time to see it so don't expect a long tour.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank Danda0624
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English first
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124 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

I love old ships and this is the best one I've ever toured, with lots of informative posters. However, it would be much less pleasant if it were crowded, as it is small.

Visited March 2012
2 Thank socarolina
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Galveston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Nice tour”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

The ELISSA is a cool thing to check out when spending time down on the Strand in Galveston. It only costs a few bucks and is really worth the time. Once in a while you can see volunteers practicing and what not before sailing her out to sea.

Visited April 2011
1 Thank BigBear1977
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Austin, TX
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great experience for kids and adults”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is a great experience, especially for people who love history and science. From the outside, it looks as if all you get to do is walk on the deck of the boat. When you get on the boat, you see there is a basement (quarters) that you can get into - the captain's cabins, the crew quarters are interesting to see for yourself - how small they are, and how hard the life must be for the seamen.

We enjoyed reading and learning about how sail boats worked, how the seamen used basic principles of physics to make their hard work a little bit easier.

Seeing the log of the boat's travels and its journey on a map left us wondering how adventurous and daring the seamen and their voyages must have been.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank HemalUdani
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Irving, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautifully Restored Sailing Ship”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

Went to see this with my wife and two children, 11 and 13. Great place for history buffs. You get to go on the ship and work around, go down into the crew quarters, and see the hold where they stored cargo. The ship itself is beautifully restored. They also had a really nice set of displays on the history of the ship and the kind of cargo it carried.

The admission fee also gets you into the Texas Seaport Museum. This is a small but nicely done museum about the Elissa, and has some information on the history of Galveston as a port. Talks a little about Galveston's unrecognized history as an immigration stop. Again, the museum is not big but what is there is very nicely done.

The third part we paid for was a one hour boat tour of the harbor. This was actually a lot of fun. The captain takes you around the harbor and explains the big oil rigs that are being worked on and some of the cargo ships around the area. They bill this as dolphin watching and we did see about a half dozen dolphins at various points off the Coast Guard Station.

All in all this was a very enjoyable way to spend three or so hours, especially if you are any kind of history buff.

Visited February 2012
3 Thank John C
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