Tall Ships return to Philadelphia/Camden Jun 25-28

A dozen masted sailing vessels will converge on the Delaware River for Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015.  However, a giant bathtub toy just might steal their thunder.
 
They’ll all be docked on both waterfronts during the four-day festival, Jun 25 through Jun 28. 
 
20150608 tall ships rubber duck 1200The most visually striking of the watercraft isn’t a ship at all, but the world’s largest ‘rubber’ duck. 
 
Standing 61-feet tall and weighing 11 tons, the inflated art piece actually floats on a pontoon.  A tugboat will tow it to lead the fleet of 12 ships up the Delaware for the Parade of Sails on Jun 25 at 1 p.m.  A Dutch artist claims that this duck is an illegal copy of his work.
 
One of the highlights is the arrival of L’Hermione, a replica of the 145 foot-long frigate which, in 1780,  carried Gen. Lafayette to assist the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. 
 
Other tall ships include El Galeón Andalucía, the USCGC Eagle and New Jersey’s own A.J. Meerwald. 
 
Festival-goers can tour and take part in a sail on the ships (day sails are 90-minutes).  The event also features historical reenactments, live music, local grub and a craft beer garden.
 
Entertainment for little swashbucklers includes cannon, sword fighting and other weapon demonstrations, plus youth sail training.
 
 
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Need to know before you go
 
Parents please note:  no strollers are permitted on ships (including day sails).
 
For those looking to board a ship for tours or day sails, handicap accessibility is also limited to visitors who can walk up a gangplank.  
 
Backpacks are prohibited, as are outside food and drinks.  The exception: food for infants and/or food considered medically necessary.
 
Pets are not welcome, save for service dogs.
 
If not taking PATCO or NJ Transit to the festival, organizers recommend using Parking Panda for advance parking reservations.
 
Tickets range from $15.99 for a single day pass to a $150 VIP Parade of Sail ticket.  Multi-day passes cost $24.99. A Day sail pass is $85.  Children 4-years and under get in for free (except day sails).
 
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