Day Specialty Sails

In addition to our science sails, Inland Seas offers two-hour specialty sails. Guests aboard these sails experience the joy of being on the water with family and friends as they appreciate the Great Lakes.

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Father and son help raise the sail on this specialty sail

Father’s Day Sail

Raise the anchor! Hoist the sails! On this two-hour sailing adventure you’ll play the part of schooner sailor as you explore the history of sailing on the Great Lakes. 

Sailing was the Early European settlers’ preferred mode of water transportation which helped facilitate not only travel between places, but also the trading of goods.  Today, sailing remains a popular recreational activity among Great Lakes visitors. Not only will you have the opportunity to raise the anchor, hoist the sails, and steer the ship, you’ll also learn how sails work, what keeps the ship afloat, and why the ship moves the way it does.

As a special for Father’s Day, sons and daughters can sail for free with their fathers, grandfathers, or those who are father-figures to them. Promo code information available in FareHarbor. *Limit: One free “child” ticket per paying father ticket.

Breakfast on the Schooner

Enjoying a fresh cooked breakfast shoreside is wonderful, but eating on the water is even better! On this two-hour sailing experience you’ll enjoy a breakfast spread of pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, and more!

You’ll also have the opportunity to play the part of schooner sailor as you help raise the anchor, hoist the sails, and steer the ship. Or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Crew and staff will be available to answer your questions and provide schooner yarns (stories) when requested.

This program is appropriate for people of all ages, so bring along your family and friends and we’re sure everyone will learn something new and feel more connected to the Great Lakes.

Breakfast spread aboard the schooner during this specialty sail
Moon in the distance with the stern of ship in foreground to showcase views during this specialty sail

Night Sail

The open water is an ideal place to experience the brilliance of the Northern Michigan dark sky, and there is no more informative place to view them than from the deck of our schooner. On this two-hour sailing experience you’ll be joined on your sail by a local astronomer who will orient you to the vastness of the night sky, point out constellations, and share extensive knowledge of galaxies, stars, observational astronomy, and history.

Come with all of your questions and prepare to be amazed. Please also come prepared for cooler temperatures as an evening on the water can be quite a bit cooler than on land. This program is most appropriate for teenage and adult learners, however, you’re welcome to bring younger learners aboard.

Fall Color Sail

Fall color tours are popular attractions in northern Michigan. While most fall color tours are done from cars, we would like to offer you a unique experience to observe the changing of the seasons from the water! On this two-hour sailing adventure you’ll feel the crisp fall air on your face and observe the beautiful changing trees. 

You’ll even have the opportunity to play the part of schooner sailor as you help raise the anchor, hoist the sails, and steer the ship. Or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Crew and staff will be available to answer your questions and provide schooner yarns (stories) when requested.

This program is appropriate for people of all ages, so bring along your family and friends and we’re sure everyone will learn something new and feel more connected to the Great Lakes. Make sure you wear extra layers as fall on the water can be chilly.

The schooner with fall colored trees in background during this specialty sail

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