Aug 11 2010
We took our kids to see the replicas of Columbus’ Nina and Pinta today in Hudson, Wisconsin.
The two ships are located at Hudson Docks through August 16. There is free parking available along the riverside park area and throughout Hudson’s downtown.
The cost to board the ship is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, and they accept CASH ONLY.
Volunteer deck hands are available to answer questions, but their knowledge varies from person to person. A small gift shop is also available, and there are deckhand tip jars in many locations.
All in all, it was interesting to see the ships and to carry on a conversation with the kids about their size and setup and how it would be to look for a new land in a vessel such as these.
On the other hand, we felt that the charge was quite high for the amount of time we actually spent on board. Tours are self-guided, so you can spend as much time as you want on each ship. I’m sure that part of the cost is for the maintenance and sailing of the ships.
Upcoming stops include Davenport, Iowa; Grand River, Kentucky; Florence, Alabama; Huntsville, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; Lenoir City, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Guntersville, Alabama; Columbus, Georgia; Demopolis, Alabama; and Biloxi, Mississippi.
For more information, please see my previous post about this sailing museum.