A visit to the South Street Seaport Museumis a great way to learn about New York City’s nautical history. Although the museum’s galleries are currently closed for repairs, due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the museum is still operating sails on its historic schooner Pioneer. You can also visit the recreation of a 19th century printshop, Bowne Printers, which sells cards, posters and more created with the museum’s letterpresses. A friend of mine volunteers on the Pioneer and a few weeks ago, I got to go on a sail with her. Most of the boat’s crew is made up of volunteers who are learning to sail. Passengers also have the opportunity to help out by raising the sails. The ship departs from the South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 six days a week from May through October. The sail lasts two hours and cruises slowly around the New York Harbor, offering great views and a peaceful ride. Find tickets online at nywatertaxi.com/tours/pioneer-historic-sailing-schooner.