WE ARE OPEN!!!
Thank you for your patience during the closure due to COVID-19. We are currently operating at a 50% capacity rate. We have updated sanitization regulations and are limiting customer contact with social distancing to help reduce the spread of any potential harmful bacteria or viruses.
Please call to make reservations.
**Please be aware we are not accepting cash at this time. Any cash rates you see online are suspended until further notice.**
Who We Are
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.
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.
Full Moon Sail
Friday, June 5th
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.***
Length of Sail: 1 hour 15 minutes
Complimentary refreshments provided.
Live music provided by a local musician.
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honor the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides, the marine life itself, and the intrinsic beauty of the bodies of water themselves, that provide safe passage for vessels like the Freedom. We’ll be celebrating the ocean by enjoying some gorgeous sailing, looking for dolphins, sea birds, and other wildlife, and enjoying 2 hours at sea!
Reservations are highly recommended.
Departing at 1:15 p.m. for 2 hours
Departing at 6:45 p.m. for 2 hours
Complimentary refreshments included, pack a picnic!
Fins and Freedom Sail
Next Sailings July 12 & 31
Set sail with Marineland and Schooner Freedom Charters, Inc. for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience! Come on board, help raise the sails, and then kick back and relax while you learn fascinating new facts about St. Augustine’s local marine life and their habitats. It’s very common to see wild dolphins, turtles, birds, and more, on these trips, so come prepared to ask lots of questions!
Complimentary refreshments are provided onboard the boat. Passengers may bring snacks or a picnic.
Your Fins and Freedom charter includes a pass to use for future admission to Marineland!
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!*