by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
Getting city kids to spend time in nature is no easy feat – everywhere you look all you see is tall buildings. Luckily here in New York we are literally surrounded by water so a sailing on a tall ship is a good opportunity to add a little nature to your life. Having your kids entertained by “pirates” makes the sail even better! I recently went on a sail around the New York Harbor on the ship Clipper City with my kids and we had a lot of fun. The theme was “pirates and mermaids” and kids were encouraged to come in costumes. The staff engaged the kids in fun activities and the beautiful, clear day enabled us to see some gorgeous views of the New York City skyline.
My kids were really excited to get on the ship. The Cipper City is a tall ship called a topsail schooner. It is a replica of a lumber-hauling schooner and is built based on plans from the Smithsonian. We loved the ample room on board (it holds up to 134 passengers).
Once the ship set sail, the kids participated in helping raise the sails.My kids had fun decorating a mermaid princess crown and a pirate hat. Face painting, as always, was a big hit.
In between the activities it was nice to see the stunning NYC landmarks.
The pirates got the kids active with “pirate training”. At the end of the sail the kids went after the treasure – pirate pinatas!It was a beautiful, sunny day and my little pirate and mermaid had a blast!
Kids sails on the Clipper City are done for the season but there are other kid-friendly sails still available for the next couple of months.
Click here to learn more about all of the different types of sails on the Clipper City.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary sailing experience.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 7, 5 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.