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Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

1124 E. 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
302 429-7447
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Ranked #28 of 43 attractions in Wilmington
Type: Specialty Museums, Ships, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Westfield, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The boat ride on the Kalmar Nyckel might be OK for anyone under the age of 14, but that's about it. It consisted of an hour-long trip on the Christina River on a tall-masted sailing ship without ever opening the sails, with no place to sit, and with no sights to see. Then it ended with the captain begging for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Our company chartered the ship from Wilmington for a group of approximately 15 people. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to others for corporate or family outings. The ship is in excellent condition and the crew is very professional and knowledgable about the history of the ship. We even had an opportunity to help raise and... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is an authentic replica of a ship used to found the colony of New Sweden in Wilmington, Delaware. I took my 5 year old and 7 year old nephews. They dressed as pirates and loved it. The especially liked the canons. We also chartered it for an afternoon for our firm both in Wimington and Lewes. It was a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I was sailing with the tall ships during the Downrigging festival weekend in Chestertown, MD. And the boat is simply beautiful under full sail. I will say they could only raise the sails one day and didn't go out at all the second day due to high wind conditions. I think some people who's reviews I read here do not... More

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Kingston, Pennsylvania
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We were staying with friends at Lewes and one of our friends found out that the Kalmar Nyckel was docked at the ferry terminal during our stay and she wanted to go. At $60 per person, we were a little unsure at first, but looking at their website, it looked like it would be a good choice. It was MORE... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Looking for something to do yesterday in Wilmington Delaware, I googled waterfront attractions. To my amazement, a 1 &1/2 hour sail on the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel was offered for $35 pp. Should have known better but I jumped to sign up for a chance to sail on a tall ship on Independence day. Cannot possibly describe how bad I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

My son had a blast on the ship ride when he was 4. He loved that they had the kids help out pulling the ropes and doing other task on the boat.

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Wilmington, DE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Back in a part of Wilmington that many folks seldom go is the Kalmar Nyckel. The Foundation does great work in the neighborhood where the ship is moored. Go check it out, support the ties to Sweden!

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Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

it was really fun we went on it and we got a free ride on it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

The Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of the ship that carried Swedish settlers to Delaware. It's crewed and maintained by volunteers and is great fun to visit. They have cruises on the Christina River, some of which are pirate cruises, and in Lewes Delaware out in the bay. It's a great way to learn something about the local history and... More

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