The Schooner Freedom is St. Augustine's Premier tall ship. 76 feet of steel, Freedom was built in Norfolk, Virginia and brought to St. Augustine in 2001 by owners Captain John Zaruba, and his wife, Admiral Sarah. Freedom is the only schooner charter vessel between Charleston and the Florida Keys. With nearly 2400 square feet of sail, she is an honorable testament to naval history and to the blockade runners of the early 1800s. The Schooner Freedom is a gaff-rigged topsail schooner, and a highlight to any Saint Augustine vacation. Family owned and operated, love, grit and honor is poured into every crevice of this ship, and it shows in our Captains' and Crews' vast knowledge of sailing history and their deep passion for the ocean. If you don't happen to catch Captain John on a sail, chances are one of his children, Sydney or Jack, are on board as first mate. Come for a sail on board, learn about the unique history of our nation's Schooners and beautiful Saint Augustine, the nation's oldest city. Hoist sails and enjoy a drink on the waters, you won't regret it.
The Schooner Freedom has been sailing the waters of historic St. Augustine since 2001 and is listed as one of the top ten attractions in St. Augustine by USA Today. We offer relaxing Day, Romantic Sunset, and Enchanting Moonlight Sails, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year. Our family invites your family to join us for an amazing sailing experience.
***Please call for the most updated schedule. All sails are subject to availability. Reservations are recommended for all sail times. Please call (904)-810-1010 for more information on available sails.***
CALL FOR THE MOST UPDATED SCHEDULE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION
THE FREEDOM IS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE CHARTERS OR INDIVIDUAL SEAT SALES.
A GREAT WAY TO TEAM BUILD OR MIX, MINGLE, AND RELAX WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS AND RELAX FROM OUR BUSY LIVES. PERFECT FOR CORPORATIONS, CHURCHES, OR FAMILY GATHERINGS.
Fins & Freedom
Friday, August 31st
Departure Time: 2:15
Trip Duration: 2 Hours
We are once again starting up in collaboration with Marineland Florida for our Fins and Freedom tour. Come on board the Schooner Freedom and learn all about the local dolphin population with an expert tour leader from Marineland.
The ticket also includes admission to Marineland, as well as soda water beer and wine. You are more than welcome to bring your own beer and wine on board as well as snacks.
Call for pricing and availability.
Full Moon Sail - Live Music!
Enjoy the beauty of St. Augustine bathed in moonlight, listen to the waves lap the hull, dolphins surfacing, and the distant hum of the sea buoy. Live music sets the mood. This sail takes place every Friday, and Saturday during the spring and summer season, as well as every month on the full moon.
Live Music Provided by a local Musician.
Call for availability and reservations.
Labor Day Weekend
August 31st-September 3rd
Family Day Sails, Day Sails, Sunset Sails, and Moonlight Sails all Available
Labor Day is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. Enjoy your day off by taking a sail on the Freedom. Kick back, relax with a cold drink in your hand, and watch us do all the work! Or set the kids loose on deck and have them help hoist sail and adventure out into the waters of the Matanzas!
Departing at 12:15 p.m. for 1 1/2 hours
Departing at 2:15 p.m. for 2 hours
Departing at 6:15 p.m. for 2 hours
Departing at 8:45 p.m. for 1 1/4 hours
There is a 5$ Per Person Discount when you pay with cash.
Complimentary drinks included, pack a picnic!
The Schooner Freedom will be hauled out of the water during the first two weeks in October. Splash date is TBD. Stay tuned for updates!
Nights of Lights “Grand Illumination” Sail
The grand illumination of the Nights of Lights as seen from the water! Step away from the crowds and watch the inaugural lighting of this award-winning display from the tranquility of the Matanzas. Enjoy the sunset and then a beautiful moonrise over the perfectly lit historic downtown St. Augustine. As the twinkling lights glow over the sunsetting sky, this evening sail with white canvas overhead, dolphins playing in the sea, and gulls flying overhead, is surely an evening to not be forgotten. Reservations are highly recommended.
Includes complimentary soda, water, beer, wine, and hot chocolate. Blankets provided for chillier evenings, but be sure to dress warm!
GRAND ILLUMINATION SUNSET SAIL
SPECIAL EVENT RATE: $60 Per Person
Departure: 5:15 pm
Duration: 2 hours
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS 1ST MOONLIGHT SAIL - LIVE MUSIC!
Duration: 1 hr 15 min
All sails are based on availability
Receive $5 off per person when you pay by cash on all tours.
All rates are subject to 6.5% Florida State Sales Tax
PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AT (904)-810-1010.
We offer a $5 discount per person to everyone who pays in cash.
All rates are subject to 6.5% Florida Sales Tax.
WE ARE DOG-FRIENDLY!!
***Schooner Freedom Charters and it's employees are not responsible for any lost or damaged items while on board. Please remember this is a fully functioning working schooner and things move around. Remember to secure all valuables!***