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Kalmar Nyckel : Come Aboard : Public Sails and Tours

Public Sails and Tours

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Enjoy a Timeless Adventure! 

Sail on Kalmar Nyckel:

The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October.   Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel  — or become a "pirate" with the crew on special pirate sails (see description below).  

To choose your sail, please click on the Sail/Tour Schedule on your left and browse by date or location. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations. 

 
Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers — come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch Pinnace.  Our crew don pirate and sailor garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well!  The kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger, and the adults will enjoy a history talk.  Both kids and adults can try their hand at a scavenger hunt with a treasure at the end!  See the ship's cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel.  Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

 
Geared towards young pirates, this 90 minute adventure is a combination our normal education programing and a public sail.  After our safety briefing, we will start our adventure with a 30 minute dockside "pirate training" for all guests.  Both young pirates and vintage pirates alike will learn to set sail and steer the ship before we get underway.  This is a very hands-on opportunity for everyone, young and old!  Once our new pirates are trained, we will get the ship underway for about 50 minutes and enjoy a short cruise; just enough to get a taste of being underway.  Time permitting, there will be a pirate story or scavenger hunt and a history talk for the adults. Our crew don pirate garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well!  See the ship's cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel.  Pirate Adventures are not scheduled in every port. Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

Tour Kalmar Nyckel

In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of Kalmar Nyckel.  Our crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 and today.  Kids can ring our ship's bell, march around the capstan, and steer the ship using the whipstaff (1630's helm technology predating the wheel).  Check out her carvings from the dock before you step aboard.  The stern carvings are all newly-painted with period-correct hues, and our gilded figurehead, "Leo the Lion," shows his fierce teeth!  These 10-15 minute tours are offered for a nominal charge.  Please visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

Tour the Copeland Maritime Center

The Copeland Maritime Center, our museum, boasts several exciting permanent exhibits. In the lobby, visitors can see a shortened clip from our new documentary, Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey. The Main Deck Room features a ¾ scale model of the ship’s main deck and masts built directly into the floor, where it’s easy for everyone to come aboard. The Riverfront Room is a testament to Wilmington, the city that built 10,000 ships and 30,000 railcars - the #1 manufacturer between the Civil War and WWII. In Watercraft of the World, visitors will find the Forney Collection, model ships from over 70 different countries. The Science of Sailing exhibit explains navigation and other scientific information used by Kalmar Nyckel's captains on a daily basis. Visitors can also get a glimpse of life in Kalmar, Sweden, one of Wilmington's sister cities and the city where Kalmar Nyckel first started its career.

For admission fees and hours of operation, click here.

Fort Christina Park - Delaware's "Plymouth Rock"

As part of a collaboration with the National Park System and Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, we are now offering tours of Fort Christina Park. Collectors of the National Park Passport Stamps can find the Fort Christina Park stamp at the park. For the summer of 2018, kids can earn a special fishing-themed National Park Service Junior Ranger badge. These can be earned anytime the park is open, but we're offering special Junior Ranger Days on first Saturdays:

Saturday, June 2: Celebrate Sweden
June marks Sweden's national day, as well as Midsommar, and the park's inauguration 80 years ago. Come celebrate with activities that celebrate the New Sweden colony!

Saturday, July 7: Pirate Fest
During Kalmar Nyckel's Pirate Fest, come earn your junior ranger badge at the Fort Christina Park tent!

Saturday, August 4: Celebrate National Park Service
The National Park Service's birthday is in August! Come earn a special junior ranger badge with fun activities and enjoy our National Parks.

The park is free to enter. For hours of operation, click here.

For more information, please contact us at: 

Email: info@kalmarnyckel.org
Phone: 302-429-7447

Please note that due to the nature of the weather and conditions beyond our control, the Ship's schedule is subject to change without notice.




Kalmar Nyckel : Come Aboard : Public Sails and Tours

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