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May 22, 2018

Explore 11 tall ships this Memorial Day weekend at Sail Philadelphia

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A fleet of tall ships is set to sail into Philadelphia’s harbor on Thursday, May 24 for five days of waterfront fun, ship tours and sailing excursions at the 2018 Sail Philadelphia Festival. From international military ships to teaching crafts from U.S. ports, festival-goers will have the opportunity to explore nearly a dozen vessels, learn about life on the water and enjoy family-friendly entertainment along the waterfront at Penn’s Landing.

Tickets are required for Ship Tours, Sail Away Cruises, and the Waterfront Festival, and quantities are limited, so plan ahead and navigate your way to festival fun all Memorial Day weekend with these tips for enjoying the festivities on land, on deck, and on water:

1. Climb on deck

Get a first-hand look at seafaring life on the largest tall ships at the festival. Crew members will be aboard to answer questions and show you around. Ship Tour tickets are timed, so plot your route in advance using the festival map.

2. Enjoy unlimited access

Early Entry tickets will get you on Ship Tours between 11 a.m. and noon (for one day) before general boarding. After that, you’ll have unlimited non-timed entry on touring ships for the rest of your purchase day. This is the best value of the festival.

3. Watch the sunset over the skyline

Bucket list alert! Enjoy an unforgettable 120-minute Twilight Sail (or enjoy a 90-minute Day Sail) with a glass of wine in hand. Parade of Sail Cruises are already sold out, so Day and Twilight Sails are your only chance to get out on the water.

4. Beat the heat and head indoors

You’ll find hands-on educational activities, maritime-themed movie screenings and more at the Independence Seaport Museum. Admission to the museum is included in all Sail Philadelphia tickets!

5. Enjoy brews and views at three beer gardens

Head to Deck at Independence Seaport Museum, Admiral’s Tavern on the Cruiser Olympia, and the Sail Philadelphia Beer Garden at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for local craft beer and seasonal cocktails.

6. BONUS: Watch fireworks with a nightcap in hand

Kick off the summer season with a spectacular fireworks show at Spruce Street Harbor Park or Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Saturday, May 26th at 9 p.m.

Get tickets in advance and create your own sailing adventure at

2018 Sail Philadelphia Festival Events:

Sail Philadelphia Waterfront Festival

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, military and kids ages 3-12; Free for kids 2 and under

Ship Tours

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 12-7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & military; $7 for kids ages 3-12; Free for kids 2 and under
Early Entry Tickets: $65 for adults, $55 for seniors & military, $50 for kids ages 3-12; Free for kids 2 and under

Sail Away Cruises

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28
Tickets: $90 for Day Sails (90 minutes); $125 for Twilight Sails (120 minutes)