Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

Wilmington, DE

Where are we going?

Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 E 7th St
DE 19801

302 429 7447

What is there to do?

All aboard! It's time to set sail on the historic tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, which today serves as a floating classroom for kids but did you know that the original ship was one of the USA's pioneering colonial ships? 

She is sometimes often known as the Mayflower of the Delaware Valley, yet her story hasn't really been told!

Now, thanks to the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, you can learn it all for yourselves!

Did you know that the original tall ship first served all the way back in 1638? She founded the colony of New Swede, and actually made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic - which is more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era!

Her journey is said to have ended at the bottom of the North Sea whilst fighting for the Dutch against the English in 1652, but no records have ever been uncovered.

Intrigued? We certainly are, and so are those behind the non for profit experience to teach kids all about this amazing story!

From April to October, the family can set sail on a re-constructed ship where you can haul lines, set sails, or even become a pirate of your own! The experiences are always very hands on, with kids being able to ring the bell, the whole family challenging themselves on scavenger hunts, or even steering the ship!

It's a great way to get out on the high seas, and re-live history in a really special way.

All aboard me harties! 

Need a little extra help?

Just speak to staff if you have any questions about accessibility!


When can we go?

Daily departure times vary and are scheduled according to the tides at each specific port


Any top tips?

Even in the summer, the sea air can be chilly. If it's a good sailing day, expect some wind! It is advisable to bring warm clothing and/or a windbreaker. Wear comfortable close-toed non-skid shoes. You may also wish to bring sunblock, sunglasses and a hat.

I’m Hungry!

Beverages and light snacks are sold on-board during public sails so those rumbling tummies will be looked after!

Healthy Eating

You may bring your own refreshments as long as there are no glass containers or large coolers. Personal size coolers and wine bottles are fine.

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