Local students become explorers on Niña, Pinta replicas

While most kids sat at their school desks on Friday, 12-year-old Olivia Julian was out on the water.

"It’s pretty exciting, because we just learned about it in history yesterday," says Olivia.

Olivia is talking about two ships Columbus sailed more than 500 years ago. Replicas of the Niña and Pinta are docked at Green Turtle Bay Marina in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.

"Most kids would learn a lot by visiting," says Olivia.

Brandy Wollney says she thinks the ships are great learning tools for her four kids.

"(It’s a) great hands-on learning experience for them to actually see what’s going on, instead of reading about it in a book," says Wollney.

Stella Nestrick, age 9, and her friends say they didn’t expect these ships to be so big.

"After seeing these boats, any boat would look small," says Stella.

"It’s probably the biggest thing I ever saw," says 7-year-old Ruthie Nestrick.

"So big and awesome. I’ve never seen a boat this big," says 10-year-old Morgan Dishman.

The ships will be open to visitors starting on Friday. They will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to take a self-guided tour of the ships is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for kids ages 5-16, and free for children younger than 4.

For more information on the ships, click here.

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