When Columbus and his men sailed off to discover new lands, beginning in 1492, it was a formidable mission. A fool’s mission. And one that changed all of our lives.
Their vessel was a tiny ship dubbed the Niña. Only 65 feet long, she was a mere speck on the Atlantic. Yet Columbus sailed her over 25,000 miles.
The crew rode her over the rolling, white-foamed waves, their skin burned by the salt air. They wondered if the journey would ever end. They wondered if it would end badly -- perhaps with the Portuguese ship tumbling off the end of the planet.
Now you can experience a piece of this remarkable history firsthand, because the Niña, the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built, is sailing into Perdido Key along with her sister ship, the Pinta.
The original Niña was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission. This one is a floating museum that visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere.
The Pinta and the Nina Land in Perdido Key (Oyster Bar, 13700 River Road, Perdido Key, FL 32507, phone: 850-492-4660), Feb. 11-13, 2014. While they’re in port, you’re invited to come aboard for a self-guided tour.
Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary.
The ships will also be visiting these Florida locations:
- Fort Walton Beach, Feb. 14 - 16
- Stuart, Feb. 25 - March 9
- Ponce Inlet, March 12 - 18
- Fernandina Beach, March 21- 24
Check out the details of the visits here.