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Road Trips — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on December 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Gotta Do This… Tour Replicas of the Nina and the Pinta in Pensacola, Florida

If you happen to be near Pensacola, Fla., through early morning January 4, you might just want to make a stop by Palafox Harbor. TheNinaskipsacola1

Scratch that -  you need to stop by Palafox Harbor.

Why?

It’s here that you can take a self-guided tour of Columbus’ Nina and Pinta replicas, courtesy of the Columbus Foundation. Both ships travel around the Western Hemisphere as type of sailing museums. Pensacola is their last stop for the year.

The Nina is said to be the most historically correct Columbus replica built. It has a fascinating back story that details how the vessel was constructed. Let’s sum it up by saying it was built by hand without any modern (read that as power) tools.

The Pinta, the newer vessel (built in 2005), serves more as a charters. It’s larger than the original and travels with Nina throughout the year.

The boats are open for tours from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. There is a small charge, $7/adults, $6/senior citizens and $5/students. Children under 4 are free. Come anytime since reservations aren’t required.

photo credit: The Nina, flickr, creative commons by skipsacola1

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