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Prepare for Tall Ships Duluth 2016

By: Star Tribune, Kerri Westenberg | March 27, 2016

Tall Ships will once again grace Duluth’s harbor during a festival Aug. 18-21 at Canal Park. This year will mark the fourth time a collection of ships from centuries ago has glided under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The Tall Ships Duluth events have proved so popular that tickets to sail on the ships have sold out in days, if not hours. Indeed, tickets for all such excursions - at $95 a pop, this year - are long gone. But all is not lost: Tickets remain for the festival, which gives you proximity to the ships ($9) and onboard tours ($12).

It’s a long shot, but there is still hope, too, that you can take a two-hour sail on one of the grand vessels. Lake Superior Magazine, which has partnered with event organizer Draw Events, is holding a Tall Ships sweepstakes, offering a chance to win a stay in Duluth, a ride on a tall ship and tickets to the festival. Enter at

The list of participating ships has yet to be finalized, but this year’s invitees include the Norwegian Viking ship Dragon Harald Fairhair, a Spanish galleon, El Galeon Andalucía, the Pride of Baltimore II and the U.S. Brig Niagara. Another participant requires no sails: the World’s Largest Rubber Duck.

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