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The Tall Ships are docked and ready for visitors

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 12:16:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Around 3:30pm today the Tall Ships paradedinto the Buffalo Harbor and Canalside. Despite the heat, thousands of people lined the shoreline to get a glimpse of the magnificent ships.

"It's a really cool place to be," said Paul Schneeberger, a boat captain said. Some spectators came as early as 10:30 a.m. to grab a spot along the shoreline and as the hours passed, more and more people lined up waiting to see the historic sail of 11 of the 12 tall ships.

Looking like a pirate ship-- the Santa Maria was the only ship that did not parade in but will be docked at Erie Basin Marina for the week. The Santa Maria was the largest of the three ships Christopher Columbus sailed back in 1492. Families can explore the five decks of the ship and learn about the history.

"It's like you are stepping back into 500 years ago," Fernando Viota, The Santa Maria's manager said.

Tickets run $10 for children, $20 for adults and allow you on to all the ships. The ships will be docked at Canalside until Sunday.

For a look at road closures and how best to get to Tall Ships, click here.