History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Festival Of Sail Brings Tall Ships To Sandusky

3 Jul , 2018  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

The city of Sandusky is celebrating its Bicentennial this year by welcoming tall ships to its historic waterfront from July 12 to July 15.

While the shores of Lake Erie are no stranger to various ships and vessels, they’ve never seen anything quite like this. The Festival of Sail is one of the pillar events for Sandusky’s Bicentennial celebration and with it six or more rare, historic ships from around the world accompanied by the a very large yellow friend. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore.

Tall ships last visited Sandusky in 2016 and in 2007. Along with onboard tours and day sails, other exciting activities will include live music, entertainment, locally curated craft beer, educational programming, local food and fun for the entire family.

Visiting ships include the replica US Brig Niagara (flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry), the Schooner Madeline, the Appledore IV, and the Lettie G. Howard, built in 1893. Ninety minute sails are available.

Also on hand will be the world’s largest rubber duck, which stands 61 feet tall and weighs 11 tons.

The Festival of Sail will take place during the following hours:

Thursday 11AM-7PM
Friday 9AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday 9AM-5PM

For a listing of events and ticket information visit SanduskyFestivalofSail.com.

Photo: Brig Niagara/Creative Commons License

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