Get your sea legs and take a step back in time into the world of Christopher Columbus by climbing aboard the Nina and Pinta and touring this sailing museum.
Through Sunday, the Nina and Pinta will be docked at Green Turtle Bay Resort, 263 Green Turtle Bay Drive, Grand Rivers.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission costs $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $6.60 for youth ages 5 to 16. Admission is $5 per person for groups and school tours with a minimum of 15 people.
The boats have stopped at a multitude of ports in the western hemisphere, including The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama; Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida; and Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tennessee, according to the 2019 Port Schedule posted at www.thenina.com.
The sailing museum travels an average of 10 months out of the year to 30 to 40 locations including the Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes and Midwestern River System.
This museum is a unique experience because the original Nina is the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus ship ever built, according to the website.
"The Nina 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," according to the website. "Columbus sailed the tiny ship for 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Nina has a different mission."
The Pinta, which is a slightly larger version of the archetypal caravel, was recently built in Brazil.
Both boats belong to the Columbus Foundation. The foundation's mission is to educate the public on the type of ship Columbus used, according to the website.
Because it is a sailing museum, exhibits are on display aboard the ship. While touring the deck, guests can learn about life on the seas in the 1400s. Crew members are available on deck to answer guests' questions about the ships.
For more information, call 787-672-2152 or visit www.thenina.com.