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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

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Address: Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
Phone Number: 409-763-1877

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Enjoyed the Ship's History

Enjoyed walking through tight places inside the ship. The movie theater needs a fan, because the air was very stale.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Arcadia, California

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Arcadia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed walking through tight places inside the ship. The movie theater needs a fan, because the air was very stale.

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Altus, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a pretty nifty inside museum and movie and visit on the boat. It was pretty straightforward - it's a self-tour and you walk around the boat. If you've toured a ship before, you're not missing anything but for everyone else, it's pretty cool. I think I mostly enjoyed watching the movie on the restoration of the ship.

Thank Layla W
Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many old ships let in the world, glad the City of Galveston saved this one from the scrap yard. Very interesting to see the inner workings of a tall ship. Definitely a must see.

1 Thank ldbrown3138
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum and ship are a must see. It is very unique and a great piece of American history. This is a great tour for all age groups. There is some stairs and climbing. Takes about an hour to see everything.

1 Thank kidztrvl2
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved going down inside the hull to see how they lived and stored freight. And the day we were visiting, there were brave volunteers up high on the rigs cleaning and helping maintain this beautiful piece of history!

1 Thank bunny606
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Elissa was a great family activity that we all enjoyed. There's no guided tour, so as long as it's not crowded, you are able to explore the ship at your own pace (I think, including us, there were maybe 8 people total on the ship). There are tight spaces, but it's very interesting. You should also pop into the... More 

1 Thank Kimberly W
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This not one of the biggest or most interesting tall ships but it gives you a taste of the grandeur of the tall ships. The Dutch Passenger Tall Ships are the real deal showing elegance and luxury.

1 Thank Jim W
Aztec, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have a film from the 80's but it still gets the information across. the ship is fully restored and you can wander about it all by yourself, actually touch history, it's neet if you like that kinda thing.

1 Thank RowanW69
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can walk thru the ship, including lower deck. Volunteers keep the ship in great shape and actually take her out to sea once per year. Ship was built in the late 1800's. It's $10 to tour the ship. For $20 you can tour the ship, take a boat ride into the bay for dolphin watching. They also point out... More 

1 Thank Tim D
North Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Galveston Historical Foundation also offers Harbor Tours at the Elissa Gift Shop and the proceeds benefit the Foundation. This is different from the other dolphin and sunset tours listed for review (which are commercially owned). I prefer to support local charities and volunteer organizations where possible. The Dolphin Tour was 45 minutes in a covered boat with an upper... More 

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