Public Sails and Tours
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.
Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.
Tour the Copeland Maritime CenterThe 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, our newest exhibit, 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 Copeland Maritime Center, located at 1124 E 7th Street, Wilmington, Delaware, is open for tours:
Monday - Friday: 2 pm to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
by appointment Monday-Friday: 10 am - 2 pm; call (302) 429 7447 to register
General admission for a self-guided tour is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-17. When conditions allow, deck tours of Kalmar Nyckel can be included; the combined price is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17. Members, volunteers, and children under 5 enjoy free admission.
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. The park is open daily during the summer months; exact hours will be determined in May. From September through May, tours are given by appointment. Registration is required by calling (302) 429 7447.
For more information, please contact us at:
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.
Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel has many beautiful carvings -- from dogs to holly to lion's heads -- as was typical of important ships of the 17th Century?