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.
Labor Day Weekend
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 3
Take a break from working like a sailor all year! 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!
Reservations are highly recommended.
Departing at 1:15 p.m. for 2 hours - $45 for adults, $35 for kids
Departing at 6:45 p.m. for 2 hours - $55 per person
Departing at 9:15 p.m. for 1 1/4 hours - $45 per person
There is a $5 per person cash discount
Complimentary drinks included, pack a picnic!
Fins and Freedom
We are once again partnering up with Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the dolphin experts, for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience! Come on board, help raise sails, and then kick back and relax while educators from the world’s first oceanarium talk about dolphins. Learn all sorts of interesting tidbits about these magnificent creatures, as well as the groundbreaking conservation work taking place at Marineland. There is no set sailing path, we go where the wind takes us. Complimentary soda, water, beer, and wine are included, passengers may bring snacks or a picnic. After your sail, visit Marineland to complete this unique experience. Your ticket includes the sail and admission to Marineland.
Departure Time: 2:15 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours
There is a 5$ per person cash discount
Includes complimentary soda, water, beer, and wine
Based on availability.
Full Moon Sail
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 month on the day before and the day of the full moon - keep an eye on our calendar.
Length of Sail: 1 hour 15 minutes
Complimentary soda, water, beer, and wine is included with the ticket price.
Live music provided by a local musician.
Haunted Waters- Spirits on the Schooner Ghost Cruise
October 24, 25, & 26
October 31, November 1&2
Back from the depths of the Matanzas, Schooner Freedom is reinstating a few haunted sails for this halloween season. Bringing back our classic stories of St. Augustine’s most haunted seaside history, including spooky tales such as Mendedez’s Massacre, the haunted Natives at the Coquina pits, and Andrew Ranson and mysteries and myths such as Saint Elmo’s fire and the Lighthouse Keeper.
Join us for our Myths on the Matanzas Sail with your professional haunted guide, Capt. Andy Wiggins
Departure: 8:15 pm
Duration: 1hour 15 minutes
We offer a $5 discount per person to everyone who pays in cash. (Not available for select special events)
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. Please be sure to secure all valuables!***