In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon led the Spanish discovery and exploration of La Florida. Viva Florida 500 commemorates Florida's 500th anniversary, showcasing its rich heritage and diverse cultural history with events and highlighted attractions.
From May 14-19, 2013, step aboard a replica Spanish Galleon and travel back in time to the age of European exploration of the Americas. The El Galeón is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet. The ship's decks will be open to public visits with free tours in Fort Lauderdale, during her stay at Bahia Mar Marina. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the history that began 500 years ago while admiring the craftsmanship and grandeur of these galleons that reached Florida's coast centuries ago. The Ship tours will be available from 9am to 5pm May 14-19, 2013. Free tickets were available at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale.
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