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“El Galeon, One of a Kind”
Review of El Galeon

El Galeon
Ranked #59 of 187 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
St. Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“El Galeon, One of a Kind”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Took my son from college on a tour. We were on the front of the ship when the Bridge of Lions went up. Horn sounded, gates coming down, ships going though, lots of people on the bridge looking down on us. Way cool to watch all of this from the deck of this tall ship.

Got talking with one of the crew members that spoke good English and got him to tell the story of how he ended up working and living on this ship. Got a real sense of why young men run off to the sea to become sailors. The ship was built using the original design records for Spanish Gallons from the 16th Century. It was built it the same shipyard that built the original ships. If you want to experience what a 16th Century sailor must have seen and felt so long ago, then this is the ticket.

Saw some ships coming into the city docks and some ships leaving. Seemed every ship must have a story. Some people with big money, others with less that love living on and running a boat.

Low budget operation, real Spanish sailors, that really live on the ship. I was told all of the 15 dollar ticket goes to the museum in Spain that operates the ship and to the City for the 450th event.

No elevator, you must be able to handle stairs.

Visited February 2014
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Seattle, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Must see for history buff”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

They've done a wonderful faithful re-production of a typical ship from that era. Although one of the reviewers was critical that this not an exact replica of a specific vessel, there was significant historical research on documents that describe and illustrate types, sizes, weights, crew and more, of a vessel of this type. the workmanship and detailing are exquisite. In addition to the ship itself, there are audio and video presentations that tell and show lots of wonderful Informtion about its construction, life aboard, the ship underway and more. The 25 person crew are your docents and they are friendly and knowledgeable about anything you can think to ask. This isn't the USS Constitution or the HMS Vasa http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/ but its also not Disney or Universal Studios. For the thoughtful and curious visitor, this is an easy and inexpensive way to experience a remarkable part of history

Visited March 2014
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Trois-Rivieres, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Back in time”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great piece of history, beautiful replica of an old spanish boat. Self guided tour at 15$ each, which isn't necessarly worth the whole 15 box, but i still loved it and if i had to do it again, i would still pay thé 15$ fee.

Visited March 2014
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
382 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Recreated Spanish Ship”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Although the ship itself was interesting, I cannot say that spending $15.00 per person to tour a recreation is a value. The original ship was long destroyed. Blueprints for the original were found, and a LOT of money was spent recreating those blueprints to come up with the ship that you can now tour.
There is a crew of Spanish men on the ship, who speak English, who are willing to answer any questions that you may have.
You can pay to have your photo taken, dressed up as a Pirate, on the ship. Sorry…but I find this to be a bit tacky.

My opinion is that the tour was certainly interesting, and it gives you an idea of what the interior of the ship would have looked like. And, you do get a close up view of the drawbridge should a boat be going through while you are on the boat.

But the fact remains that nothing on the boat is original.

Visited February 2014
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Greenville, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Took a vacation to St. Augustine and I was lucky enough to be able to tour the El Galeon. My husband and I would recommend this if your are visiting before July 1st. On the first they head out to New York.

Visited February 2014
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