Replicas of Columbus ships the Niña and the Pinta open for tours at Rocketts Landing

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RICHMOND, Va. -- This week, you can take a trip back in time and check out replicas of the Niña and the Pinta, two of Christopher Columbus' three ships, at Rocketts Landing. The floating museums, built through the Columbus Foundation, will be docked and open for tours through Sunday, May 10.  There are exhibits on each ship highlighting the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, and how the ships were built.

The ships are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and older), and $6 for children between the ages of 5-16.  Kids four and under are free.  Pets are welcome as long as they are carried. There is a group discount.  If you're going in a group of at least 15 people (ages 5 and older), the rate is $5 per person.  Guided group and school tours require a reservation and last about 30 minutes.

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The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492.  Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Niña.

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