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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #7 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2013

This tall sailing ship will one day be one of the most important sites on the harbor. We could not see the boat as it is under repair. However we could see what is being done. The repairs and restoration are first rate and being done by a dedicated group of volunteers under the guidance of very skilled craftsmen.
I would be inclined to visit Galveston just to sail on this beautiful tall ship.

Visited August 2013
Thank John T
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Sulphur, Louisiana
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

So sad they didn't bother to tell you that the ship was being restored. You couldn't really do more than walk in and walk out. Between the ship and museum, we were there about 15 minutes at the most. Total waste of money. Had they just asked for donations, we would of just dropped the money and ran.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank MK E
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York, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Fun! Educational”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

It was interesting to learn about the history of this tall ship. When you visit the museum (included in the price to tour Elissa) make sure you watch the documentary about her. It tells you her history and why she is so important to the locals in Galveston. They are working on her right now, but you can still tour the ship. Things are just moved around and it is half price right now because of the construction. Still very worth a visit!

Visited July 2013
Thank Jennifer M
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Seabrook, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nautical History Glimpse”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Definitely for the nautical minded. The ELISSA Tall Ship still plies the waters of the GuIt of Mexico and has had quite a bit of renovation done to it. Taking a tour on the ship is interactive since you will be able to read about different stations. It is essential to be mobile as you will traverse quite a few stairs.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Cheryl M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Not worth the stop”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were very excited to tour this as we have toured other tall ships & very much enjoyed ourselves. Let me start by saying that we had trouble finding parking. We ended up parking at a close parking lot & it had a sign about getting parking validated but it ended up only being free parking if you got it validated from the close by restaurants, not at the Elissa. Considering the cost of admission, I did expect a little more. Because some of the ship was being worked on, we were only able to tour about half it. All in all, the time on the ship was about 15 minutes. There was a museum that was nicely done - we learned a lot about immigrants that came into Galveston.

However, my two biggest problems about this place was that they did not have enough staff working in the gift shop. The gift shop is also where people bought tour tickets - all at the same 1 register. The line to purchase the gifts that we wanted to buy was so long that we eventually gave up & just set our things down & walked out without buying them. And secondly, the bathrooms were horrible! They were in desperate need to be cleaned & to be supplied.

There are other attractions to see in Galveston that are much better to visit!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank JessPem
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