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Tall Ships Ventura Harbor 2018

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  • Date February 13 - March 5
  • Website Visit Website
  • Phone (800) 200-5239
February 13 - March 5

close up images of the tall ships magic, beauty, and historical treasuresVisit Tall Ships Through March 5, 2018!

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  and remain through Monday, March 5, 2018. The historical vessels will dock in scenic Ventura Harbor Village.

A photographer’s delight, the ships depart for Battle and Adventure Sails weekly..  The best viewing locations are at Harbor Cove Beach, Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, Rhumb Line- The Sunset Restaurant, and Ventura Harbor Village.

Open to the public from February 13, the Tall Ship Dockside Tours offer a living history experience.  Dockside tours focus on an authentic 18th-century 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.

Dockside Tours

Tours of the tall ships are available Tuesday – Sunday and always available to be viewed dockside while enjoying Ventura Harbor Village during the ships time docked in the harbor. Tuesdays through Fridays the tall ships are open for Dockside Tours from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Saturdays tours are open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and tours on Sundays are open 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Adventure Sails

Looking for more adventure? Join our two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail to experience tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusement. It will be a day to remember! A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Children $42 | Adults $49
Boat: Sailing on the Lady Washington
Dates: Sunday’s February 18 – March 4

Battle Sails

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Experience both of our tall ships in action as they via against each other in the mock battle of the day! A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Children $42 | Student/Senior/Military $69 | Adults $79
Boats: Lady Washington / Hawaiian Chieftain (Vessel 1st come, 1st serve)
Dates: Every Saturday & Sunday from February 17 – March 4th

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport recommends a $5 donation for Dockside Tours; additional donation amounts support educational programs.  For Battle and Adventure Sail ticket reservations call 800-200-5239 or visit Tickets are on sale now.

Warm yourself seaside with handcrafted chowders, soups and colorful cocktails at waterfront restaurants featuring a variety of fresh seafood and cuisines. Shop seaside at boutiques or galleries featuring art pieces that reflect the sea and the Tall Ships.  For a listing of restaurants, shops and entertainment, visit

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.

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, 360-589-2299 to make arrangements for dockside or on the water programming while here in Ventura Harbor.

Plein Air Art Event

Tuesday, February 27, 10 AM to 2:30 PM | Plein air artists will be painting near the docks where the ships are tied up. Come see the art come to life as they paint Ventura Harbor’s beautiful seaside scenery and ships. Art work will be for sale near Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts. A 10% discount in the store will be honored February 13 through March 5, while the Tall Ships are in Ventura Harbor. Visit Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts for details.

Visitor Booth

Saturdays & Sundays, 10 AM – 1 PM 

  • Kids’ Scavenger Hunt | FREE
  • Send a postcard to a friend | FREE
  • Tall Ships Magnet with completion of quick survey | FREE

Live Music

11 AM – 2 PM |  Live music will be filling Ventura Harbor Village select days, come out and experience the seaside fun, while shopping and dining, all while enjoying live music on the Seaside Promenade Stage.

  • Sunday, February 25
  • Saturday, March 3

Share your Tall Ships photos @VenturaHarbor on Instagram! Use #SeaTallShips

  • Date February 13 - March 5
  • Website Visit Website
  • Phone (800) 200-5239
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