Step into 1492 on Nina and Pinta

Two replicas of Columbus's historic ships are in the River Valley.

Fort Smith, Ark. (KFTA) - In 14-Hundred-92 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and did not land in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but that's where you'll find two replicas of the historic ships he used.

It's been more than 500 years since Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean, discovering a new world. Two of the ships he used, the Nina and the Pinta, have been replicated and are in Fort Smith until November 20th.

According to the ship's captain, the Nina is considered one of the most historically correct Columbus replicas ever built. It was built by hand without using power tools. Meanwhile, the Pinta is actually larger than the original ship was.

While out at the ships, guests are invited to take self-guided tours, so no reservations are necessary. 30-minute guided tours are offered Monday through Friday. The ships are open to the general public every day from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.00 for students ages five through 16.
    Children ages four and under are free.

The ships will be in Fort Smith until early on November 20th when they'll continue on their journey on the Arkansas River to Oklahoma. For more information, click here.


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