No, they are separate tickets. Boarding Passes will get you a tour on the static ships open for Ship Tours and Sail Away tickets will get you on the 90-120 min sailings. Understand that ships that are underway on Sail Away voyages will not be available for tours, so if you definitely want to see one of the Sail Away vessels we recommend getting your voyage tickets asap.
YES! Tickets are now available for the event! Check out the page http://tallshipscharleston.com/tickets for all information.
We encourage people to purchase tickets in advance so they can go directly to the ticket gate and not have to wait in line to purchase tickets first. There is NO guarantee that any certain type of ticket will be available at the gate for purchase. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Day Sail tickets are popular and limited and have a tendency to sell-out well in advance of the actual event. Please plan accordingly.
Yes, you may purchase a ship tour ticket for one day and a sailing ticket for another day. Sail Away tickets and daily Boarding Passes are separate tickets. You may purchase as many of each as you like, depending upon availability.
ALL PASSENGERS regardless of age require a ticket on Sail Aways and the Parade of Sail. Please note: per Captain's orders, children under 5 years old are not suitable for riding on the Sail Aways as there are no baby/toddler life jackets available on the ships.
Kids ages four (4) and under do not require a ticket to tour the ships at the docks with a Boarding Pass.
Boarding Passes will get you a tour on the static ships open for Ship Tours, and Sail Away tickets will get you on the 90-120 min sailings.
Please attend to children at all times.
The festival grounds are free to enter and you are welcome to enjoy our musical entertainment, wooden boat show, Pirate Camp, maritime/food vendors, and of course seeing our majestic fleet of ships. All guests are subject to security screening.
If you would like to get up-close for a tour, please purchase a $15 Boarding Pass.
If you would like to sail on a ship, we have Sail Away tickets for $60 on participating ships.
We highly recommend buying tickets in advance, as passes are limited, and entrance may be restricted to ticketed guests at times of high volume.
The only ticket limits are for the specific Sail Away trips, as there is limited space aboard each participating ship.
A ticket is for one person only and must be retained by that person. Tickets cannot be transferred to another individual.
Yes, you’ll be able to avoid standing in a lengthy ticket purchase line by purchasing in advance. You’ll also receive festival updates prior to the event, which might include parking and shuttle information.
The VIP ticket is an exceptional way to experience Tall Ships® Charleston. Your pass will include a 3-day fast pass to all the ships at the festival docks. Take a break from the weather in our air-conditioned VIP tent complete with complimentary food and beverages available during public festival hours. We would also like to welcome you to our invite-only Open Ship Party on the evening of Friday, May 19. Enjoy an evening of food, beverages, and music on a participating Tall Ship®. Finally, we will offer you free parking on each day that you attend the festival.
Tickets are limited, so don’t delay! $250 per person. Ticket/passes are not transferable!
No backpacks are allowed in to the festival. No firearms, incendiary devices, or weapons, of any kind, are permitted to be on festival grounds. All personal belongings, bags, and purses will be subject to search at the entrance gate. We do recommend that you plan for some delay to go through security screening at the entrance gate. No waterbottles are allowed.
Beverages are available for purchase at the event, however food and beverages are not permitted on the ships. The Sail Away ships may sell drinks once leaving the dock.
Yes! Photography and Video is encouraged! Drones / quadcopters are not allowed.
Yes, patrons may wear costumes, but weapons (even plastic replicas) are not permitted.
No coolers, cans, bottles, beverages, water bottles, food, liquids, and glass are allowed into the Festival grounds. Exception: special food related to a health or medical condition, and food for feeding a baby must be contained in plastic containers. Small coolers no larger than 5 quarts will be permitted to utilize for baby food/formula and medicine. All items are subject to search at the entrance gate.
Only service animals are allowed on the festival grounds.
Service dogs will be allowed on ships if possible, but please note that they must remain on deck as most stairs and ramps are not dog friendly. Furthermore, some ships have cats on board that will have to be considered. Finally, Lynx does have cannons and may provide ear muffs for dogs.
Selfie sticks are not permitted.
Strollers are permitted on festival grounds and will be subject to inspection at the entrance. Please note that strollers may not have access to all areas of the festival for safety reasons.
Of course! But you will need to pass back through security.
All media inqueries / requests will be handled through the form at
Sail Aways are approximately 90 minutes in length. The sail route will take you to the bridge and back depending on wind and weather. Tickets to sail on a participating ship will be available soon.
The majority of the festival grounds are accessible. It is an industrial area, and many tripping hazards exist, with a mix of gravel areas, concrete, and grass.
Access to the ships, however, requires people to traverse the gangways under their own power...so unfortunately no walkers, wheelchairs, or scooters. Some of the boarding ramps are fairly steep depending on the specific ship and the current tide situation. Unfortunately, the design of these ancient ships limits accessibility as well.
Ship's crew may make dockside interpretations available for those who have a boarding pass and cannot physically get on the ships, as well as other accomodations as best as possible with constraints.
Unfortunately there is not a holding area. We recommend putting items back in your car if possible, as Tall Ships Charleston cannot be responsible for your items.
Yes! Entry to the festival is free, but everyone is subject to screening. This includes a bag search before admittance to the grounds. Tall Ships Charleston reserves the right to alter carry-in item policies at any time.
You can not come to the festival by boat. The USCG has a 100' no go zone around us.
Umbrellas will be permitted on the festival grounds if inclement weather is expected.
However, due to limited space and safety concerns they will not be allowed on the ships. We recommend ponchos or raincoats for boardings and Sail Aways.
Friday: 10:00am until 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am until 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am until 4:00pm
Ticket prices vary depending on the event.
Please see our main ticket page at http://tallshipscharleston.com/tickets for all details and options.
The following items are allowed:
- Umbrellas (though not on the ships)
- Strollers (not allowed on the ships)
- Wagons (not allowed on the ships)
- Small Bag or Purse
The following items are not allowed:
- Drones / quadcopters of any kind
- Large Bags
- Outside Food or Beverages
- Cans or Glass Bottles
- Contraband or Illegal Substances
- Weapons of any kind, including firearms
- Pets (except service animals that perform a task for persons with a disability)
- Laser Pointers
- Lawn chairs / camp chairs
- Inline Skates
- Picnic Baskets
Limited parking is available on-site and only $5 daily, per entry.
Do to the nature of the event, and proximity to both Naval and Coast Guard operations, drones and quadcopters will not be allowed.
Approximately 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. This is a pre-festival event!
The parade route will start at Fort Sumter, by the waterfront, under the bridge, and finally back to the Old Charleston Naval Shipyard.
Note: Start time is wind and weather dependent, we cannot publish an exact time.
See http://tallshipscharleston.com/events/parade-of-sail for more information.
Lost and Found items can be claimed at the volunteer check-in tent located in the festival grounds.
Tall Ships® Charleston will be taking place at the Veterans Terminal Docks at the old Charleston Naval Shipyard.
See map and directions at http://tallshipscharleston.com/events/festival-location
Yes, there will be food trucks and beverage stations on the festival grounds.
Water, soft drinks, and beer will be available for purchase.
Please be sure to buy your food/drink tickets early so you will not have to wait in line during peak dining hours.