You will not find Christopher Columbus when a replica of his Santa Maria pulls into Sturgeon Bay next week, but local businesses can expect to see plenty of foot traffic. The Santa Maria and eight other vessels will spend overnight in Sturgeon Bay following its weekend docking at the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival in Green Bay. The nine ships will be docked across the city for residents and visitors to get a close look at before they set sail for Algoma and Kenosha as a part of the Tall Ships Challenge race on July 30th . Pam Seiler from the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center says the extended stay is good news for area businesses.
The tall ships, which last paraded on the waterway in 2016, are expected to arrive in Sturgeon Bay between 3-4 p.m. on July 29th.