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The Santa Maria Columbus

Address: 90 W. Broad St., Scioto River, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-645-8760
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Ranked #38 of 53 Attractions in Columbus
Type: Historic Sites, Ships, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Visitors experience life at sea while exploring a working 15th-century tall ship.
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Type: Historic Sites, Ships, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Visitors experience life at sea while exploring a working 15th-century tall ship.

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Dublin, Oh
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My Camp Fire club members and my own children have really enjoyed the Santa Maria. They have taken advantage of the overnight programs where they get to eat the food, try the jobs, and sleep like the sailors. For a quick visit, it gives a great example of the small size of the ships that Columbus used. For the next... More 

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Not open - don't waste your time!!! Would be nice if website was updated letting people know they are not open. Disappointing!

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Chicago
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

went to columbus to vist family they brought us to the santa maria that was a cool ship to see the kids loved it they didnt want to leave

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West Covina, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Named for Christopher Columbus, it isn’t surprising that Columbus, Ohio would have a replica of his ship, the Santa Maria. What is surprising is the craft’s size. It is tiny. At first glance it is hard to believe it’s a full-size replica of the Santa Maria and not a scale-down model. It’s barely 98-feet long. Not even half the length... More 

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Columbus, OH
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32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Took my daughters for a tour and I think we were on the boat and off in about 20 minutes. Boat is small and the tour person didn't really seem like they were all that knowledgeable. Boat wasn't that interesting and my girls felt it was a waste of time too.

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Taylor, Michigan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Please disregard the above 5th street address. It has nothing to do with the tour of the ship. The ticket office is located on the river next to Santa Maria . It's an enclosed floating platform which also contains a small gift shop. It' a small ship and I cannot imagine the horrid conditions while sailing across the Atlantic. The... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We've taken our little homeschool family there twice over the last few years. Seeing all the replicas of actual things found on the ship from 1492 was so cool. I would recommend this attraction to anyone with kids or anyone that loves history. My kids want to go back again. They'll be so disappointed when they hear that it's closed... More 

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Akron, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

With my numerous visits to Columbus over the years, I never once knew that the Santa Maria Replica was here! What a lost treasure right here in central Ohio! I don't understand why the city doesn't market this wonderful piece of adventure and education. Everyone I have talked to also had no idea about the ship. My six year old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Gooooooo! We took our 4 kids last year, during the Halloween season, to the Santa Maria. What at first seemed a poor situation (we waited forever in line...that was horrible) ended up being terrific. Our 4 girls have long been enamored of sailing, history, pirates, etc. The staff worked hard at making history come alive (and we've been at lots... More 

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Bellefontaine, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

For all its worth, it does look dated, run down, and in need of refurbishment. Not wheelchair friendly, but I suspect, being so close to all of Central Ohio's history, and Law buildings, it's good for school outings/visits. Personally, I've never seen the real Santa maria..and nor has anyone else, I suspect. So being called a Replica, is a raised... More 

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