We are so excited to welcome you to the shore of Lake Superior and the harbor of Duluth. Event staff has been hard at work to assure you have an enjoyable time here. We feel so lucky to have such a grand list of attractions! The stunning El Galeon Andalucia from Spain, Mist of Avalon from Toronto, US Brig Niagara, General Patton’s private schooner When-and-If, Pride of Baltimore II, the Denis Sullivan, Appledore V, delicious food, a curated craft beer garden with local brews, a wide variety of entertainment and of course the World’s Largest Rubber Duck.

This is set to be the most grand Tall Ships Duluth yet. We’re glad you’re joining us. To help prepare you for what’s to come, we’ve compiled this email full of information. Please read through and equip yourself to have the best Tall Ships experience possible.

Once again, thank you for supporting the ships. We will see you next week!

Getting to the Event

We encourage public transportation. Event staff anticipates traffic and limited parking. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the event, and click here for more information on your parking/transportation options.

Another limited option is… The Duluth Greater Downtown Council is proud to offer a “Duck Bus” shuttle to bring downtown parkers to the event grounds. These free buses will be running in the downtown during the Tall Ships Festival on August 19th and 20th.  Anyone can catch a “Duck Bus” along Superior Street to get to the festival and back. Shuttle pick-up locations are at the Holiday Center (207 West Superior Street), Tech Village (11 East Superior Street) and Sheraton (301 East Superior Street).  Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes from 8am-6pm on Friday and Saturday.  This service is brought to you by an outside party, but we are happy to share the opportunity with you, our ticket buyers. Tall Ships Duluth does not have a part in the coordination of this parking.

Reserve parking in advance! There is a very limited number of guaranteed parking spots at one lot near the event, through Parking Panda. It is available here: https://www.parkingpanda.com/tall-ships-duluth-parking. This includes a shuttle ride. This service is brought to you by an outside party, but we are happy to share the opportunity with you, our ticket buyers. Tall Ships Duluth does not have a part in the coordination of this parking.

Entering the Event Grounds

Entering the event grounds is easy for pre-purchased ticket holders! You can choose from one of three entrances: Bayfront Park, Harbor Drive (by the Visita Fleet), and Grandma’s Lot (by Bellisios restaurant). You can see all on the map below.

In two of those locations, folks can purchase tickets in advance of the entrance gate. There are separate lines to enter if you already have a ticket. Keep an eye on the signage to make sure you don’t start waiting in a ticketing line!

Hold on to your ticket! Your ticket is your access pass into the festival grounds, and on board ships (for those with On-Board Tour passes). All Multi-Day On Board, Combo, and Fast Pass tickets are good for the entire festival weekend – hold onto them all weekend!

If you want to buy another ticket at the event, you must purchase at the Bayfront Park entrance area or the Harbor Drive entrance area. Ticket prices will increase at the event.

Special Ticket Tips

Your ticket type is on the top right corner of your ticket.

All information on what your ticket gets you is available here: http://tallshipsduluth.com/festival/tickets/

Here are some special notes for specific tickets:

Day Sail

Make sure you know which date, time, and ship you’re on. Make sure you arrive no later than 30 minutes before your scheduled departure. The ship will leave the dock at that time. You sail will be around 90 minutes from dock to dock. Please refer to the event map below to see docking location for your ship.

Multi-Day On Board Tour

Hold onto your ticket! This brings you into the gates and on board ships all weekend. Tour ships by following the TOUR QUEUE signage.

Fast Pass

Hold onto your ticket! This brings you into the gates and on board ships all weekend. Look for FAST PASS signage. You enter for on-board tours at a different spot than regular tour pass holders. This allows you to get “front-of-line” access.

Parade of Sail

We sent a separate email last week regarding specific pass instructions. Please reference this for your ship selection, timing, and more.

North Shore Railroad Combo

We sent a separate email regarding reservation instructions. Make sure you reserve your Train pass!

Glensheen Combo

We sent a separate email today regarding reservation instructions. Make sure you reserve your Glensheen tour pass!

Depot Combo

Your Tall Ships Duluth ticket doubles as your Depot pass.

Adventure Zone

Present your Tall Ships Duluth ticket to redeem your Ultra pass.

Parade of Sail

The Parade of Sail will take place on the opening day of the festival. Festival gates are open from 11 AM – 7 PM. The Parade is a grand tour of all ships together from the lake, through the lift bridge, into the harbor, and to their docking locations. The official Parade begins at 1:00. All ships will muster together and begin the Grand Parade at that time. We anticipate ships will begin all be docked by 3:30. No tours are taking place on Thursday.

Ship activities cannot be scheduled with 100% accuracy. Certain conditions, such as wind patterns, may change timing.

The Ships

Ship tours will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The ships available to tour are: 

• El Galeon

• US Brig Niagara

• Mist of Avalon

Day sailing ships that you can view from the dock, watch sailing, or sail aboard (if you were lucky enough to snag these limited tickets!) are:

• When & If

• Pride of Baltimore II

• Denis Sullivan

• Appledore V

There will be additional ships docked with our attraction vessels. These ships are visiting us as dockside attractions. They are not available to board. 

• Zeeto 

• S/V Abbey Road

You can read more about the ships here: http://tallshipsduluth.com/ships 

Art in Bayfront Park

This Tall Ships, we’ve partnered with local organization, Art in Bayfront Park! We’ll have 180 fine art vendors in Bayfront Park! This is within the event grounds of Tall Ships Duluth and just one thing to see and do while visiting! To learn more about the organization, visit their website: http://www.artinbayfrontpark.com/AboutUs.htm 

Food & Beverage

At Tall Ships Duluth 2016, you’ll find loads of options to eat and drink! Our sponsor, Grandma’s Restaurant, is bringing you a couple Food Tents & Beer Gardens. Check out our map below to see these locations in Grandma’s Lot by El Galeon, on Harbor Drive behind the DECC, and in Bayfront Park!

World’s Largest Rubber Duck

Mama Duck is coming! We are so excited to have this 61 foot tall attraction at the event! Mama Duck will arrive towards the end of the Parade of Sail on Thursday Aug. 18. She will be on the water for the rest of the event that day. Friday through Saturday, she will be on land in the middle of Bayfront Park! Come get your photo with her during the unique land visit! 

Mama Duck is an attraction to see and enjoy. Guests are not able to tour or ride her.

Live Entertainment

At Tall Ships Duluth, we pride ourselves on being a well rounded event full of quality entertainment, food, and activities beyond ship tours. This year, we have a stage on Harbor Dr. (behind the DECC) stacked with varying performers from the moment gates open until the close. 

Find the entire entertainment schedule here: http://tallshipsduluth.com/festival/events/ 

You can enjoy a step back in time in our Reenactment Village in Bayfront Park (between the last ship and the beginning of Art in Bayfront!).

Event Map

Tall Ships Duluth Site Map

*Map is subject to change. Please check our website for the most up-to-date version before coming to the event: http://tallshipsduluth.com/festival/event-map 

Event WiFi

Powering the hundreds of thousands of transactions, photo uploads, and memories shared, during Tall Ships Duluth, are our technology and wireless internet sponsors:  Citon Computer Corp. (http://www.citon.com), TLX Communications (http://www.tlxpro.com/), and Aruba Networks (http://www.arubanetworks.com/). 

Stay tuned for more details on how they make it possible. 

While in Duluth

We know you won’t spend your entire visit at Tall Ships Duluth. While you’re out exploring this beautiful city, consider visiting our Things to do in Duluth webpage: http://tallshipsduluth.com/attractions/things-to-do-in-duluth/ 

Another place to find great information about this city is on our partner, Visit Duluth’s, website: http://visitduluth.com 

Special Tips

• Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date event notices!

• Please see the map, above, depicting key locations such as: entrances, ship locations, and more.

• Ship queue’s can get very long. Please arrive early and give yourself time to explore and expect wait time. 

• You can’t see it all in one day! Give yourself plenty of time to experience it all!

• Thank you again for supporting the ships. We are glad you chose to join us at Tall Ships Duluth.


If you have questions during the event or before, please join us on social media for the fastest answers! You can also inquire through our contact form for a quick response: http://tallshipsduluth.com/contact/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tallshipsduluth

Twitter: @tallshipsduluth

Other Info

Tall Ships Duluth 2016 takes place rain or shine. No ticket refunds or exchanges. Tickets are non-transferable. Your ticket does not guarantee access to all ships at all times. 

No coolers, cans, bottles or beverages are allowed into the Festival grounds. Exception: special food related to a health or medical condition, and food for feeding a baby. All items are subject to search prior to entrance.

Reminder: No backpacks are allowed in to the festival. Purses, diaper and camera bags will be subject to inspection at the entrance gates. Neither strollers nor wheelchairs are permitted on Day Sails. Tall Ships are not ADA accessible.