The Santa Maria is located in Columbus, OH and is often touted as one of the most accurate depictions of the ship sailed by Christopher Columbus that you'll find anywhere in the world. We say depiction because, as many don't realize, this ship is a replica albeit a very good one at that. Truly meant to be a pure educational experience, there is proof that this type of hands-on learning will actually get adults and children to retain more knowledge.
Floating in the waters of Battelle Riverfront Park, this massive ship gives you a true appreciation for how hard such a long journey would have been back in the days of Christopher Columbus. To begin with, the tour offers up details of how long it would have taken to construct such a ship without modern tools, let alone keep it working flawlessly across the Atlantic Ocean.
As the tour continues aboard the Santa Maria, you'll learn what daily life was like aboard the ship, how the crew navigated and how they rationed basic supplies like food. It truly was a life of almost complete sacrifice to be a true explorer like Christopher Columbus and that is reflected in almost every aspect of the Santa Maria. Don't forget to ask your guide how they went to the bathroom.
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