If you are enchanted by tall ships, you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy these ships this summer in Boston. From the tall ships at the Boston Harborfest to the visit from the French Tall Ship Hermione, you can get up close and personal with these ships of wonder.
Tall Ships at the Boston HarborFest
The Boston HarborFest takes place from June 27th through July 5th, and three of these days offer special opportunities to explore Boston’s tall ships. On July 2nd, you can participate in the Liberty Kids Sale from 10:00-11:30 am. During this sail, voyagers are invited to assist with hoisting the sails and taking turns at the helm. The cost for this sail is $40 for adults and $10 per child. For a more adult-oriented sail, you might want to participate in the Rum & Revelry Sail from 8:30-10:00 pm. This adults-only sail costs $35 per ticket.
On July 3rd, you can participate in the Morning Harbor Sail from 10:00-11:30 am at a cost of $40 per adult and $24 per child. The adults-only Rum & Revelry Sail will be offered once again from 8:30-10:00 pm at a cost of $35 per ticket. The Fourth of July offers something extra special with its Fireworks Sails on both the Liberty Clipper and the Liberty Star. Both sails take place from 9:00-11:30 pm at a cost of $125 per ticket and offer opportunities to see the fireworks displays from the water. The cruise also includes a BBQ dinner accompanied by a broadcast of the Boston Pop’s symphony performance over the ship’s Bose System.
If you can’t make it to one of these special sailings, the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships offers sailings and tours throughout the summer. These include day sails, sunset sails, Sunday brunches and Rum & Revelry tours on Saturdays. These tours are offered from June 6th through September 27th in 2015.
French Tall Ship Hermione
For an extra special treat, head over to the Rowes Wharf to see the French Tall Ship Hermione. Available for exploration on both July 11th and 12th, the voyage celebrates the arrival Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette came to Boston in the Hermione in 1780 in order to bring money, troops and arms to assist General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Just 19-years-old at the time, Lafayette managed to persuade King Louis XVI to send the aid, which proved to be instrumental in Washington’s defeat of the British.
The Hermione visiting Boston is a handcrafted replica of the original 18th century frigate. The ship took 17 years to complete. It will be visiting France, Africa and several New England states. Visitors to the ship will have the opportunity to tour the ship, to participate in educational activities and to enjoy a variety of pier-side events.
While visiting the Hermione, it is also worthwhile to check out Rowes Wharf. Originally constructed in 1987, the modern downtown development features restaurants, a marina, a water transportation terminal and a floating stage offering free concerts and movies throughout the summer.