The Columbus Foundation and their two Columbus replica ships of the Niña, the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built, and Pinta, are set to dock for tours at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg on September 20-25th.
Both the Niña and Pinta will be touring together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission. The new ship serves as a floating museum and visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere.
The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40 ft. air conditioned main cabin down below with seating. The Pinta is available for private parties and charters.
Two types of tours are available, self-guided and guided. The self-guided tours are for individuals who arrive during open hours and pay to go aboard and experience the ships. The guided tours are only for groups of 15 or more paying guests, and are a true educational event, ideal for students.
Admission is Adults $8.50; Seniors (60 years +) $7.50; Children (ages 5-16) $5; and Children 4 years and younger are free. Groups of 15 or more will have an admission of $5.
For more information about the boats, visit http://www.thenina.com/.
To learn more about Greater Parkersburg and these events, visit www.GreaterParkersburg.com or call the Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau office at 304-428-1130.