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.***
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** Schooner Freedom Charters will be closed down from January 6th- February 11th. We will resume sails on February 12th.**
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.
Nights of Lights Grand Illumination Sail
Saturday, November 23rd
Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature 3 million of tiny antique white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city.
Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 448-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. The 26th Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.
View it from the best seat in the house, on board the Schooner Freedom! Avoid the crowds and watch the sunset before seeing St. Augustine come to life from the water. Seating is limited and reservations go quickly, so be sure to make yours in advance. MORE INFO
Please call (904)-810-1010 to make reservations.
Length of sail: 2 hours
Rate – $65 per person
Includes complimentary soda, water, beer, wine, and hot chocolate. Blankets provided for chillier evenings, but be sure to dress for the weather!
Nights of Lights* 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. MORE INFO
***PLEASE NOTE - due to bridge closures we will be sailing south, so the view of the historic Nights of Lights will be limited. However, Freedom will be fully decorated with over 2000 twinkling lights***
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.
Nights of Lights Sunset Sail
November 23- January 5th - Every Night
Enjoy the sunset and then a beautiful moonrise over the perfectly lit historic downtown St. Augustine. Our most popular sail is the perfect addition to your holiday fun and a way to enjoy time with your loved ones and get into the holiday spirit. 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 adventure not to be forgotten. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (904)810-1010 to book.
Departure: 4:15 pm
Duration: 2 Hours
We offer a $5 cash discount per person. (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!***