Take LIRR to Tall Ships Spectacular in Greenport

Save $10 on Admission to Ship Tours on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide extra train service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 when the beautiful seaside village of Greenport plays proud host to a breathtaking array of sailing ships participating in the annual Tall Ships Challenge.

The four-day stopover in the North Fork hamlet will include a rare opportunity to tour the tall ships, among them Greenport's own HMS Bounty. And anyone who purchases the LIRR's special Greenport Tall Ships travel package gets an added bonus. Your round trip rail tickets come with a $10 discounted admission voucher that gets you on the tour (regularly $15) for $5. Go to www.mta.info/lirr for details.

"We are excited to be partnering with the Greenport community to offer our customers extra service to this great event on the North Fork as well as discounted admission," said LIRR President Helena Williams. "Avoid the traffic and take the train to see some of the most spectacular tall ships in the world."

Greenport Mayor David Nyce said: "The village is extremely pleased to partner with the LIRR for this exciting event. The participation of the Railroad is an important component to the success of our event in allowing people to visit without concern for traffic and parking on this busy weekend. Our thanks go out to the LIRR for their enthusiastic response to our request for additional service and we all look forward to a wonderful, successful event."

It was Mayor Nyce who first raised the possibility of extra train service with MTA Board Member Mitch Pally, who passed the request on to LIRR President Williams.

The Tall Ships Challenge Race, sponsored annually by the Newport, R.I. non-profit Tall Ships America begins in Savannah, Georgia, where the first of an exciting series of sailing races, cruises, crew rallies and maritime festivals organized is held. This year's Tall Ships Challenge commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, an added theme at every port. The ships are scheduled to drop anchor in Greenport and open for tours on Friday, May 25 and continuing through Memorial Day. Early Tuesday, May 28 they depart for Newport, Rhode Island and then Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The LIRR's Greenport Tall Ships Package is good for Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 only. The cost of the $15 tour ticket is reduced to $5 when customers purchase the LIRR package. People of all ages will thrill at the size and scope of ships that evoke images of long ago adventures on the high seas.

The Village of Greenport has a full schedule of activities planned -; all within walking distance of its docks and the LIRR's Greenport station. Entertainment, exhibitions and displays will be held on the waterfront in Mitchell Park. Merchants and restaurants will create a festive atmosphere offering fine dining and street side refreshments. Also, the village's popular antique Carousel will be open from 10am -; 9pm daily. For more information, visit the Village of Greenport website.