The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities from April through October. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel or become a “pirate” with the crew on special pirate sails.
Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch Pinnace. Our crew don pirate and sailor garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well! The kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger, and the adults will enjoy a history talk. Both kids and adults can try their hand at a scavenger hunt with a treasure at the end! See the ship’s cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel. Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with a mission of “preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all.” The Foundation is a volunteer-based organization that built, owns, and operates the Tall Ship of Delaware, Kalmar Nyckel.
The tall ship Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform for educational outreach. We offer people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based learning and recreational experiences.
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a unique resource in the greater Delaware community. We are known for innovative educational and outreach programs. We also serve as a catalyst for social and economic development in and beyond the state of Delaware.