Review: The Nina and the Pinta dock in Louisville
My kids and I headed down to see the replicas of the Nina and Pinta which are docked by Joe’s Crab Shack on the downtown waterfront. It’s
$8 for adults, $6 for kids, and kids 4 and under are free. Get there early and you might even get some free parking. I noticed that right at 9am, they were not collecting for parking but by close to 10am, they were collecting parking fees. If you don’t get free parking, the nearby parking is $3 or you use coins for the meters. Remember, metered parking in downtown Louisville is free on Sundays.
The gangplanks are a little steep, and one of the
ships has access to
the upper deck, so they are not stroller or wheelchair friendly. But, they are small, so holding your little one isn’t too much of an issue.
Inside, there is a lot about the original ships, as well as information
on the building and sailing of the replicas. The Nina replica was
actually built by a crew of master shipbuilders in Brazil. They used
the same design and construction techniques as they did in the 15th
century. It took 3 years to complete. The crew quarters are below
deck and off limits, but there are pictures. After viewing them, I
have a whole new respect for Columbus and his crew. The Nina and Pinta now sail from city to city to educate the public.
They are only docked until September 4th, so get there soon!
By guest contributor: Caryn