Historic small ships will be open to the public in Bellingham before the start of the summer charter cruise season.

Itching to get out of town? Get your sea legs and celebrate the summer cruise season in Bellingham, where skippered charter vessels will open their boats to the public for tours.

Why leave town: Because it’s finally spring!

What’s going on: The annual Bellingham Bay Rendezvous in Bellingham.

Where and when: Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave.

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What to expect: Schooner races, sea chanties, food, kids’ activities and lots of beautiful small ships including the Schooner Zodiac, a classic wooden yacht built in 1924 for the heirs of Johnson & Johnson, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also the motor vessel David B, open for tours before it begins cruising through the San Juan Islands and Alaska’s Inside Passage.

What’s special: Several vessels will offer sunset sails on Saturday evening and day sails on Sunday.

More details: Admission is free. Sunset sails are $29-$39 for adults and $15 for kids 3-17. Day sails are $15-$25 for adults and $7 for kids. Call 360-738-8099 to book tickets. See http://bellinghambayrendezvous.wordpress.com for more information.

Carol Pucci: cpucci@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @carolpucci.