Ready for some maritime merriment this Memorial Day weekend?
A magnificent fleet of tall wooden ships cruises into Philadelphia to dock along Penn’s Landing for Sail Philadelphia 2018, a five-day-long festival celebrating tall ships, sailing and Philadelphia’s maritime history.
SAIL PHILADELPHIA 2018 FAST FACTS
- Sail Philadelphia 2018 runs from May 24 through May 28.
- Eleven tall ships dock at Penn’s Landing for a celebration of sailing and maritime tradtions.
- Tickets range from $7 to $150.
- Highlights include sailing excursions, ship tours, live entertainment and other festivities along the waterfront.
Brought to Philadelphia by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Independence Seaport Museum, along with maritime heritage organization Tall Ships America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, Sail Philadelphia 2018 is expected to attract more than 180,000 attendees for exciting deck tours, sailing excursions on select historic vessels and a lively festival along Penn’s Landing.
Sail Philadelphia 2018 — the only event of its kind on the East coast — offers five days of fun for the whole family on land, on deck and on the water.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, May 24 with the Parade of Sail, a pageant-like ceremony where the ships — hailing from ports all over the globe — show off what makes them special on the water before pulling into dock at Penn’s Landing.
From May 25 through May 28, attendees can get an up-close look at the ships that are docked at Penn’s Landing while enjoying riverfront festivities at the Sail Philadelphia Waterfront Festival.
Festival entertainment includes live music and kid-friendly performances on the main stage at the Great Plaza along with educational programming, make-and-take activities and movie screenings at the Independence Seaport Museum.
Check here for a complete schedule of events.
Food & Drink
Food vendors throughout the festival grounds — which span the area from Spruce Street Harbor Park to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Market Street — offer classic festival fare like cotton candy and funnel cake, while an outpost of Chickie’s and Pete’s sells snow crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp.
Three different beer gardens — the pop-up Tall Ships Tavern on the second-floor deck of the Independence Seaport Museum, Admirals Tavern on board the Cruiser Olympia and the Sail Philadelphia Beer Garden at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing — serve craft beer, wine and cocktails to thirsty festival-goers age 21 and over.
Ship Tours & Cruises
Self-guided ship tours run daily for guests with timed-tour tickets who want to explore the craftsmanship of the historic vessels and learn more about how they operate.
Sail-away cruises get guests off shore and out on the water for scenic daytime (90 minutes) or twilight (120 minutes, with complimentary wine and bites!) sailing excursions. For guests who want to be on the water while the ships arrive, a three-hour Parade of Sail cruise is available as well.
There are a variety of awesome ticket options for Sail Philadelphia 2018.
Festival-only tickets allow guests to see the ships from land while enjoying festival and waterfront programming starting at 11 a.m. until the festival closes at 7 p.m. Single-day tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and children ages three to 12 and free for children under two.
Ship tour tickets allow guests to hop aboard one or more of the docked tall ships to take self-guided tours in addition to same-day festival admission. These single-day, timed tour tickets aim to minimize wait time and cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $7 for children ages three to 12 and free for children under two. Tours start at noon and end at 7 p.m.
Early entry tickets are available for guests who want to beat the crowds and tour the ships from 11 a.m. until noon. These tickets cost $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and military, $50 for children ages three to 12 and free for children under two.
Sail-away cruise tickets include a day or twilight sailing excursion on one of five tall ships along with same-day festival admission. Ninety-minute day sail tickets cost $90 per person and 120-minute twilight sail tickets cost $125 per person.
For $150 per person, guests can sail out on the water for a three-hour cruise during the Parade of Sail to see stunning views of the tall ships as they arrive.
All tickets include same-day admission to the Independence Seaport Museum and can be purchased online here.
Get tickets now and experience all the grandeur of tall ships — from a distance or right on deck — this Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia.