Family moments are always to be cherished and me being a family woman, I try so hard to create those moments where we come together as a family and enjoy whatever that is in front of us. I ensure that everyone is fully happy whether it is an indoor event or an outdoor trip. My family is a small one having only two kids who are very adventurous and won’t hesitate to explore anything that comes in their way. This means that whenever we plan for an outdoor trip, we have to keep their needs first lest we end up messing the whole thing. Recently we were searching for the best places to visit in Chicago then we bumped into Navy Pier.
Just the name of the place elicited a feeling of excitement in me and I started feeling that it can give us a perfect family outing experience. My research from the internet gave me the strongest assurance that we can have the best moments of our lives while at Navy Pier Chicago. Without much hesitation, we started planning for this trip so that we could have first hand experience rather than reading and hearing all about the place. Every family member including our youngest kid was of full spirits expecting the best since we had been waiting for it for long.
The feeling of excitement could be smelt some distance away from the Navy Pier and the nearer we approached, the stronger the feelings became. Our schedule here was fully packed from the moment that we stepped in and here are some of the most memorable activities that we engaged in together with the amazing places in Navy Pier Chicago.
A Ride on the Ferris Wheel
We did not hesitate to start sampling the goodies that Navy Pier had to provide. We began by taking a small trip to Pier Park where we took a ride on the 150-foot Ferris wheel. The ride was not only exciting but was also breathtaking regardless of the age, whether old or young. My partner and I were equally excited like our kids and there was no way of hiding such feeling. The wheel has forty gondolas which can hold up to six people per seating. This means that a small group can take a whole seating. From the Ferris wheel, you can have a perfect view of Navy Pier Park, Lake Michigan and the magnificent city of Chicago.
It is a seven minute ride that will completely blow your mind. The good news is that Ferris Wheel is always open through the year so you have no limits.
Seadog Boat Cruises
Thrilling and high adrenaline moments in life are what make memorable family moments. Navy Pier has all that it takes to help you create all these moments. Just take a ride at the available seadogs and you will feel the real adrenaline . You can opt for a 30 minute speedboat ride on Lake Michigan or you can still go for a 75 minute guided tour on the Chicago river. The Seadog Extreme boat will take you through very sharp twists and turns raising your adrenaline to completely new levels. I was the only one in my family to go for this activity, as others were not very sure about it. I later joined the rest at the serene Crystal Gardens, which provided a perfect environment for resting as you enjoy the cool breeze.
Ultimate Movie Experience
We had an ultimate movie experience during our trip at the Navy Pier Imax Theater. The theater itself has a unique design of its own class. It features a six-story screen which guarantees high quality visual output. The sound system in the theater is also of high quality that you will actually have a live 3D experience of the movie. We had quite an amazing time in the theater.
After busy and exciting moments engaging in all sorts of activities in Navy Pier our appetites had to be quenched. Believe it or not, it was everyone’s favorite time and we used this time to give our taste buds lifetime treats. There are many amazing restaurants in Navy Pier such that choosing one can be quite a task. Since we were here to have fun, we did not mind hopping from one restaurant to another and just doing this was fun on its own. Some of the amazing restaurants that we managed to visit included Bubba Gumps’s Shrimp Co, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Big Bowl and Frankies. Everyone enjoyed different tastes of food from these restaurants.
My appetite for seafood was fully satisfied when we booked a reservation at the Riva Crabhouse. Here the food was delicious and this was boosted by the friendly and welcoming staff.
The best way of exploring all the corners of Navy Pier is by riding a bike. The bike will help you to cover a very large area not forgetting the flexibilities that comes with a bike. There are several bike racks across Navy Pier and they help one to have an easy and smooth navigation. The four of us grabbed bikes and cycled across this vast area, hopping from one place to another and just enjoying the family moment. It was also a form of exercise which comes with many health benefits.
Playing mini golf here gave me a perfect opportunity to escape from the pressures of the normal golf rules and regulations. The whole family enjoyed playing mini golf as our kids handled lighter tasks. It was also a perfect moment to enjoy an afternoon out with our kids rather than just staying indoors.
Our trip to Navy Pier was of its own kind and it will go down the memory lane as one of the best trips that we have taken in the recent past. It was exciting, enjoyable and also educative. We enjoyed each and every moment while there and sometimes we hear our kids narrating the whole experience to their friends. It is a place that you will put all your energy into good use and your brain will be taken several years back when you were still young. navy Pier also provides a perfect opportunity for a family to bond.
You can find out more information on activities and events here: https://navypier.com/events/today/