This year we are studying Early American History as well as Ohio History. Since we are starting with Christopher Columbus I thought it would be fun to take the kids to tour The Santa Maria. We are lucky enough to live within 90 minutes of Columbus, where a replica of the 98 foot ship is docked in the Scioto River. What a treat we were in for!
We arrived at Battelle Riverfront Park at about 11:00. (For those who are familiar with Columbus, the Santa Maria is located right across the river from COSI and Veterans Memorial.) We spent about 30 minutes in the Santa Maria Museum watching a video about the making of the Santa Maria and a few of the exhibits. The “museum” itself was very small and was more of a welcome center, but the kids enjoyed the few displays they had.
We had a wonderful tour guide! She led us on a 60 minute tour of the boat. She was knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. The kids loved the hands on tour. I am so impressed. The tour was very reasonable, only $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children age 5 and over. The Santa Maria is open through late October and is definitely worth the trip.
****Curriculum notes: I found 3 books that have great hands on activities that can really add to the experience. One of my favorites was a recipe for Hardtack, which is the bread the sailors ate while at sea. History Pockets, Explorers of North America, Great Explorers Activity Book and Hands on History Explorers.****