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30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

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icon30 minutes  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Zoom along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, zipping past famous landmarks as you go, during this exhilarating speedboat ride in Chicago. Climb aboard your 2,000-horsepower speed boat at Navy Pier, then hang on for the ride of a lifetime, as you zip past famous attractions like the Willis Tower, Grant Park, and Buckingham Fountain, pausing to learn a little about the history and architecture of the Windy City along the way.
  • Lake Michigan speedboat ride in Chicago
  • Enjoy incomparable views of Chicago's skyline and waterfront
  • Pause to learn about interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture, and history
  • Race along the lakefront and experience unique views of Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain, and Grant Park
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30-minute lakefront speedboat ride
Informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline
Unobstructed views of the beautiful Chicago skyline
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
600 E Grand Ave , 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Boarding: Navy Pier. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 for our Navy Pier Departures. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier).

This activity will end right where it started.
Take a thrilling speed boat tour of Chicago along the city's beautiful Lake Michigan, enjoying fantastic views of the city skyline and its many tourist landmarks along the way. This fast-paced speedboat ride is sure to get your heart racing, with a little history, humor, and information thrown in food good measure.

Start your ride at Navy Pier, heading out onto scenic Lake Michigan as you listen to a few anecdotes about the Pier and the impressive Lake Michigan. Then pump up the music and listen to the engines roar as your 2,000-horsepower vessel zips along the lake for an adrenaline-pumping tour of the city. Zoom down to Chicago's Museum Campus, where you stop for a few minutes to get a quick history lesson and learn about Windy City's many landmarks.

Then crank up the throttle again as you streak back past Navy Pier towards the Magnificent Mile, catching great views of Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain and the Willis Tower as you cruise. Return to the dock at Navy Pier to finish your action-packed speedboat trip.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
City Cruises Chicago Navy Pier
See Chicago landmarks on an exhilarating high-speed boat
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grant Park
See Chicago landmarks on an exhilarating high-speed boat
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Navy Pier
Seadog Cruises depart from Navy Pier
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buckingham Fountain
See Chicago landmarks on an exhilarating high-speed boat
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Magnificent Mile
See Chicago landmarks on an exhilarating high-speed boat
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board
  • All cruises are weather permitting
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
  • OPERATED BY City Experiences
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:The 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride departs from Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Local Parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier.) There may be a fee for parking.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Are there any restrictions for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:This ride is not recommended for guests with conditions related to the neck or back or that may be pregnant.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Are there any age restrictions on the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:There are no age restrictions, however children under 12 years old require an accompanying adult. Infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.
Apr. 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Casual attire is appropriate.
Apr. 2021
Q:
How often are the departures for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Speedboat rides depart every hour from 11 AM - 8 PM
Apr. 2021
Q:
How early should I check in for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Are there life jackets available onboard the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Each vessel is 100% U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Apr. 2021
Q:
What happens in case of bad weather during the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Cruises sail rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard or Transport Canada, you will be given the option to reschedule or cancel with a full refund.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Will I get seasick during the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
A:Most guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may wish to bring Dramamine or other seasickness medication.
Apr. 2021

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star-1
Really big waste of time and money
Jennifer_E
, Jul. 2022
Showed up at navy pier and was informed 9pm boat ride was not even scheduled. I stop had to pay $22 parking though and missed this scheduled part of a trip. Really messed up
star-1
Terrible and rude...
Maurice_N
, Jul. 2022
Terrible and rude management and employees. Would not recommend dealing with certain employees at all
star-5
Abby was a wonderful tour...
Andrea_C
, Jun. 2022
Abby was a wonderful tour guide and cracked funny jokes! I definitely had a blasted and would recommend getting on a speedboat to anyone :)
star-2
Extremely boring. Not...
Jennifer_L
, Jun. 2022
Extremely boring. Not enough information, and the boat went straight out without turns. I would not recommend this tour to anyone.
star-1
NOT WORTH IT
Salim_S
, Jun. 2022
There is hardly anything you learn on this tour. If you are for knowing about the architecture than better off using architect boat tours. If you are for speed or water splashing on you, than too you are on the wrong one, very slow and no splashes In short not worth it
star-5
DO IT!
Ifeoma_M
, Jun. 2022
It was really fun. Not too crazy but crazy enough to get you screaming. Get ready to be wet especially if you’re seated in the back. Boyfriend and I had a good time. Would do this again!
star-5
Great trip, worth the money
Nathan_L
, Jun. 2022
Amazing trip, awesome music. Loved that it worked for ages 4-80! Speaker with microphone was hard to hear in the back, so sit more towards the front if you want to hear the speakers.
star-4
perfect weather perfect ride
Jonathan_M
, Jun. 2022
Jake and the 1st Mate were very good hosts to an enjoyable crowd. Knowledge of the skyline was appreciated as well as the opportunity to take good photos.
star-5
Andy was hilarious and...
David_M
, May 2022
Andy was hilarious and the captain was great, beautiful day to be on the lake. Boat ride fun and safe with a little spray now and then
star-5
Great experience overall
Lawrence_R
, May 2022
Staff very friendly. Great job guys! Cool to see the beauty of Chicago's skyline. You should consider having another location on the South shoreline. There's a lot of history on the South side of Soldier Field and beyond. I recommend this tour to anyone that just wants to get away from everything for a few minutes. My wife and I will be back to do the thrill ride on the red boat!
star-5
Our tour guide Patrick...
Michelle_N
, May 2022
Our tour guide Patrick was great! Very entertaining and I had a great time. I have boats at home, but this one was a fun experience.
star-3
Nothing great
George_C
, May 2022
There was nothing wrong with the tour but the boat didn’t do anything fun like spins and the info about the architecture was very limited.
star-1
The speed boat ride was...
Raul_D
, May 2022
The speed boat ride was great! Tour guide and operators were good how ever booking through VIATOR.com I would not recommend. We wanted to change our tour to a diffrent time and got denied and were told to read the the terms and conditions and they hung up! Terrrible service through this booking company.
star-5
Love this tour, the tour...
Jessica_S
, Oct. 2021
Love this tour, the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable the weather was very nice as well , I highly recommend this tour
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-1
Total waste
Leah_S
, Oct. 2021
Trip was cancelled by the operator, we. We called them and they supposedly had informed Viator. Viator never informed us. Big waste of time and money.
star-5
Great for kids!
Dani_S
, Oct. 2021
Best way for a kiddo to see the city! We had a blast with Ted the Bear as our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and fun! Great atmosphere! We want to go again!
star-5
So fun!
Rebecca_B
, Oct. 2021
We loved the experience and would definitely recommend. It was a quick ride but so much fun and we got a beautiful view of the city.
star-5
Amazing must do it. My...
Eliana_C
, Oct. 2021
Amazing must do it. My son loves it. Do it sunset time! Great views music and ride. It was short enough to still enjoy.
star-5
Will never forget
Susan_S
, Oct. 2021
The staff was great.the driver and spotter were on the job. Took 7pm trip. Sailboats on lake were hardly lite . Satety was the main concern.had a great time.
star-1
Horrible
Patrick_M
, Sep. 2021
It was cancelled no one told us. Hot blower could not find the reservation to assist us. We found out when we went to the pier. Disappointed kids! Awful. Don’t book usng this third party vendor.

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