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Columbus replica ships sail into Fort Walton Beach

Photo: Columbus' replica ships dock in Fort Walton Beach on March 8, 2018 Source: WEAR Daniel Guilliot

Residents and visitors of Fort Walton Beach will enjoy a 'sailing museum' this weekend as replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships sail into the Brooks Bridge Marina.

On Thursday, replicas of the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, will open in Fort Walton Beach.

According to the Columbus Foundation website, both ships tour together for the purpose of educating the public and children on the ‘caravel’- a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

The website also states that Archaeology Magazine called the 'Nina' “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built," and that the ‘Pinta’, was the first ship to sight land in the New World.

The general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. Admission charges are:

  • $8.50 for adults
  • $7.50 for seniors
  • $6.50 for students aged five to 16
  • Children ages four and under are free

The ships will be docked at Brooks Bridge Marina, located at 1198 Miracle Strip Parkway until their departure on Monday, March 12th.

Teachers or organizations may also schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member by calling 1 (787) 672-2152 or emailing ninapintatour@gmail.com.

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