Santa Maria Ship and Museum

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Jim K. · 47 reviews TOP REVIEWER
Reviewed October 5, 2013
Very educational, glad we went!!

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Jennifer N. ·
Reviewed July 22, 2013
The tour was great! Pretty fast (which was nice since it was hot.) The lady that did our tour had a great speaking voice and was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot more about the way of life back then and Columbus himself. The prices are reasonable without the Groupon too (parking was free on Sunday just as advertised on the Santa Maria site.) Would for sure recommend for all ages :) our group had two 31 yr olds, 14 yr old, and a 5 yr old - we all liked it.

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Rolande A. ·
Reviewed July 18, 2013
Nice thing to visit but it was just too hot yesterday and the kids were grumpy age the visit but They did enjoy

What You'll Get


Traveling to the edge of our flat planet in a 15th-century ship is like spending three months trapped on a Tijuana-bound bus driven by a crazy-eyed codger and filled with rotting lemons. Develop new respect for what early seafarers endured with today’s Groupon. For $10, you get six adult admissions (a $24 total value) to The Santa Maria ship and museum, located in downtown Columbus, on the Scioto River in Battelle Riverfront Park.

The Santa Maria ship museum lets you peruse one of history’s most famous ships without hitting up King Ferdinand for some serious coin or sitting through a lengthy “behind the scenes” DVD commentary with James Cameron. The museum's centerpiece is the world’s most authentic museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship and the living conditions of early ship travelers. A wooden “nao,” the Santa Maria boasts a length of 98 feet, a weight of 130 tons with ballast, 2,700 square feet of sails, and a version 1.0 paper-based Google Maps guidance system. The interactive experience illustrates to curious landlubbers how Columbus and his sailors utilized only wind, currents, crude compasses, stars, and the sun to guide their vessels. The museum also offers convenient hours, making it an enjoyable option for entertaining groups, visiting friends, and wayward Vikings.

Besides its obvious merits as a fun family outing, birthday-party setting, or corporate event, romantics can experience firsthand the cinematic formula for romance so beautifully exemplified by The Notebook, Boat Trip, and Jaws: being at sea makes people fall madly in love. Use today’s Groupon to the Santa Maria museum to celebrate an anniversary, re-spark a flame, or just as an inventive date-night alternative to dinner and a movie. And if the date goes especially well, the ship's captain can marry you on the spot.

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Promotional value expires Oct 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About The Santa Maria


Resting in shallow waters, the faithful wooden re-creation of Columbus’s flagship Santa Maria puts into perspective the lives of sailors as they crossed the Atlantic in cramped quarters, wholly beholden to wind and weather. On board, guides and crewmembers reenact daily life as it must have been for the legendary explorer and his crew, conveniently providing English subtitles for each boisterous Spanish sea shanty. Apart from regular daily tours, themed events such as Talk Like a Pirate Weekend or the Gospel Sail-A-Bration showcase the talents of pirate impersonators and area gospel performers, respectively.

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