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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
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Ranked #10 of 48 attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships
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Barstow, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I didn't see the Elissa advertised anywhere or even mentioned on the "duck boat" tour, so was pleasantly surprised by how nice it is. Depending on how much of a sailing or history buff you are, you could spend anywhere from 30min-2hr. It is right next to a nice restaurant and other attractions at Pier 21, so it can be... More

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Lampasas, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a must do while in Galveston if you even remotely enjoy history or old ships of any kind. It is amazing how they have restored this ship. They are still re-doing a few of the sleeping quarters but that does not interfere with seeing the whole ship. Takes you back to the days where brave men sailed the... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We actually saw this a few year back and thought it was neat. After checking this out, we ate at a nice restaurant near there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We did the Elissa self guided tour and then the Harbor tour for dolphin watching. The Elissa is very beautiful and restored. We should have did the audio tour to get more information. The Harbor tour was awesome. They take you out into the channel and bay for dolphin watching. We didn't see a lot of dolphins, but the captain... More

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70 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Elissa is anchored down by Pier 21. We did not tour the ship, thought it was a little pricy and also it was just to hot and muggy that day, but did go to the gift shop which has some great items. and naturally bought a few things. Nice historical nostalgia.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I used to crew on the ELISSA and returned to Galveston recently to pay her a visit. She is stil an amazing vessel. Every effort has been made to restore her in a hstorically authentic manner. Some modern items, like engines and electronics, had to be added to meet current saftey regulations, but they've been done in a way that... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I enjoyed the tour but it was extremely hot on the ship. I really enjoyed the film about the ship that was on the 2nd door of the museum. I'll wIt for a cooler day before I visit again.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This was the reason why we went to the Seaport Museum. Very cool piece of history. You can tour at your own will (audio tour available) and see the Captain's quarters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Well-restored tall ship with good signage, educational exhibits, friendly staff and crew. As others have noted, stairs are steep and spaces below deck are not large. For those who are a bit claustrophobic, you can peer down from above to see parts of crew quarters, and the first deck down feels fairly rooms and bright. Similar feel to visiting one... More

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Longview, Texas
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31 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If you have not toured the Elissa you should. It's hard to imagine the working and living conditions endure by the crew for weeks at a time without going below to see it for yourself.

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