It's not everyday you get the chance to tour an authentic Spanish galleon, but that's exactly what you can do when the El Galeón is in port in St. Augustine. Seriously, this thing looks like it just sailed straight out of the 17th century.
On our last stay in St. Augustine, we passed over the Bridge of Lions and saw two ships, the Nao Victoria and the El Galeón in port. Honestly, I had no idea they were here, so it was a pleasant surprise to get a chance to check them out.
History buffs, this is the kind of thing you'll absolutely enjoy, and I'm sure you'll be trying to figure out how you can talk your way into being part of the crew. I tried, anyway, but you can see I'm still here instead of sailing the high seas. Shoot.
If St. Augustine wasn't awesome enough, the arrival of these two ships really takes things up a notch. You can see them from the top of the Castillo de San Marcos, and you automatically feel like you've just stepped back in time.
The St. Augustine Municpal Marina is the North American home port for El Galeón, so check the ship's travel schedule and plan your trip accordingly. It's in port until July 2014. However, the Nao Victoria is currently in Tampa, so you'll have to track it down for a tour. Check https://www.facebook.com/fundacionnaovictoria to keep tabs on where it's at.
Here's a panorama of El Galeón, and do make plans to go check it out in person. It's amazing.