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Historic sailing ship visits Florida ports in Viva Florida 500
In a salute to the bold Spaniards who sailed to Florida 500 years ago, El Gale n is sailing Florida"s Atlantic Coast, inviting visitors to come aboard this spring at four ports of call: Miami, Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine.
El Gale n is a detailed replica of ships that brought Spanish explorers and settlers to Florida after Juan Ponce de Le n claimed the land for Spain in April 1513. It is a floating museum and a living-history testament to the mariners who forged Florida"s history.
Come aboard El Gale n and experience the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Le n"s landing in Florida. The ship departed from Puerto Rico, where Ponce de Leon was governor, and is being sailed in much the same way his crew did.
Visitors will learn about Florida history and sense the spirit of adventure that drove Spanish mariners to explore distant lands five centuries ago.
Public tours April 15 " June 3
Daily 9 a.m. " 5 p.m.
Bay Front Park, Miami: Monday, April 15 " Sunday, April 28
The Cove at Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral: Wednesday, May 1 - Sunday, May 12
Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale: Tuesday, May 14 " Sunday, May 19
City Marina, St. Augustine: Thursday, May 23 - Monday, June 3
For more information about Viva Florida 500, commemorating 500 years of Sunshine State history throughout 2013, visit www.VISITFLORIDA.com/viva.
The El Gale n Viva Florida 500 Voyage is part of Viva Florida 500, a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State. The voyage is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the Fundaci n Nao Victoria, VISIT FLORIDA, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Air, Sea & Space Foundation, Space Coast Office of Tourism, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. $15.00, $8.00,