Tall Ships visit Ventura Harbor 2018
Back by popular demand, Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, commence their annual voyage along the California coast and sail into Ventura Harbor on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at noon until Monday, March 5, 2018. The historical vessels will dock in front of the Ventura Harbor Village Promenade.
Catch the mystical sight of the Tall Ships Grand Arrival in full parade-style entrance, as the crew “manning the yards” at noon on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. A photographer’s delight, the ships depart for Battle Sails throughout February and March, 2018 out of the Ventura Harbor. The best viewing locations are at Harbor Cove Beach, Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, Rhumbline –the Sunset Restaurant, and Ventura Harbor Village.
The visiting Tall Ships are rich in history and seaside lure. Hawaiian Chieftain was built in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands. Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, which was built in 1750s and was one of the first U.S. flagged ships to explore the west coast of North America.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 the Ships arrive and Dockside Tours are available from 4-5 p.m. From February 13 – March 5 Dockside Tours are made available to the public weekdays Tuesdays through Fridays from 4- 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. –
1 p.m. on weekends, Saturday and Sundays, to visit Lady Washington dockside. Generally the ships are closed for staff maintenance Mondays, except for the President’s Day holiday, February 19 when Dockside Tours will be available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be no tours on Tuesday, February 20.
Open to the public, the Dockside Tours (Vessel Tours) offer a living history experience. The tours focus on an authentic 18thCentury sailor’s view of traveling by Tall Ship, as well as a chance to meet the ship’s crew and learn what it took to adventure to new lands. Take a Dockside Tour and dine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the Ventura Harbor Village’s seaside restaurants overlooking the Tall Ships and the boats. Also, enjoy live entertainment along the promenade on select weekends, including extra festivities on President’s Day weekend. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport recommends a $5 donation for Dockside Tours; additional donation amounts support educational programs.
*Note: Only Lady Washington will be available for Dockside Tours on select dates.
Looking for more adventure? Three-Hour Battle Sails or Two-Hour Adventure Sails, complete with firing cannons and hoisting of the main sails are just the ticket! Battle Sails are available every weekend day from 2 p.m. -5 p.m. and feature a recreation of a naval skirmish with close quarter maneuvers. Adventure Sails take place on Sundays from
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. out in the channel to experience life on the high seas. For Battle and Adventure Sail ticket reservations call 800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition, live entertainment and roaming pirates can be enjoyed throughout Ventura Harbor Village on select days, and visitors can also send a Tall Ships postcard for free, join in a Tall Ship Scavenger Hunt, get a henna tattoo and more over President’s Day weekend!
Added to the Ventura Harbor visit, a special Valentine’s Day Tall Ship Sail on Wednesday, February 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. will be offered to the public. This special sail is reserved for adults only, and will highlight festive sea shanties and desserts for ticketed guests. Tickets are $55 per person, but couples can save $10 by purchasing tickets in pairs for a flat $100! Tickets are available by calling 800-200-5239 or visit www.venturaharborvillage.com for more details.
In celebration of the Tall Ships arrival, several Ventura Harbor Village restaurants and attractions will debut special offerings:
- The Greek Mediterranean Steak and Seafood will promote its “Under the Sea” theme throughout the restaurant with new Happy Hour selections gearing up to March Mermaid Month. Mirrors and windows have been professionally painted by local artist Lisa Kelly, and specialty food items are being created for the Valentine’s Day menu on Wednesday February 14, 2018. thegreekventura.com.
- The Ultimate Escape Room will open its newest Escape Room “Mermaid’s Curse,” a family friendly attraction that takes place on a shipwreck.theultimateescaperooms.com
- Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts will offer art classes and activities for all ages and a “Tea for the Sailors” on Tuesday, February 20 from Noon – 3 p.m., with details listed on the Calendar of Events at venturaharborvillage.com.
- Plein Air Artists will be on the Village Promenade on Tuesday, February 27 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington travel down the West Coast stopping in ports and harbors for historical and educational visits. These ships host over 8,000 school children a year. Educators should contact the Historical Seaport education office, 1-800-200-5239 to arrange dockside, or on-the-water programming while here in Ventura Harbor February 13- March 5, 2018.
Tall Ship schedule can change due to weather and unforseen circumstances, please check VenturaHarborVillage.com for the most up to date information.
Share your Tall Ships photos @VenturaHarbor on Instagram! For more Tall Ship information visit www.venturaharborvillage.com or Facebook Ventura Harbor. Admission and parking free daily at Ventura Harbor Village. For a complete schedule: www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.