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Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

1124 E. 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
302 429-7447
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Ranked #29 of 43 attractions in Wilmington
Type: Specialty Museums, Ships, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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English first
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155 reviews 155 reviews
63 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We boarded the ship at the Lewes Ferry dock. Very impressive on site, looks every bit of a ship from 1625, loved the carvings. We bought our tickets on-line at 60.00 a person. There was a crew of about 25, 2 paid all the rest volunteers. The cruise was from 3:30-6 pm. All the crew were very friendly & helpful... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had seen this ship a few times in Lewes (a long time ago) at Coast Day. We toured it once back then, but then it quit showing up at Coast Day. I have been checking its schedule for free deck tours in Wilmington, DE but it rarely has them. We managed to catch a free deck tour in Lewes... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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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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