Chicago: Family Fun Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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This popular 90-minute, fully narrated daytime river and lake tour delights families with incredible views of Chicago's famous architecture, stunning skyline and stories about the city's rich history.


  • Discover Chicago's epic skyline, historic buildings and modern marvels
  • Bring your camera to capture the buildings towering over you along the river
  • Enjoy lively commentary from knowledgeable guides who bring the city to life
  • Experience the one-of-a-kind Chicago Harbor Lock, an engineering marvel
  • See Navy Pier, Chicago Harbor Lighthouse and Museum Campus from Lake Michigan


Discover Chicago’s stunning skyscrapers, historic buildings, and modern marvels on this fun, family-friendly boat cruise. Relax and unwind as you admire scenic views from the Chicago River and the Chicago Harbor Lock. Then, cruise onto Lake Michigan where you can gaze upon the entire city skyline and shoreline. During the boat ride, enjoy lively narration and stories about Chicago’s rich history as your knowledgeable guides point out the many sights of the city including Willis Tower, Aon Center, 875 N. Michigan (formerly the John Hancock Center), Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Navy Pier, the Lake Michigan Lighthouse and more. The tour also gives you the opportunity to experience passing through the Chicago Harbor Lock. Listen to your guide explain the full workings of the lock and feel the boat rise as you enter Lake Michigan, and then lower again when returning to the Chicago River.


1.5 hour boat cruise of Chicago River and Lake Michigan Live commentary All taxes, fees and handling charges

Important Information

  • Cruises operate rain or shine - both open and covered seating is available onboard
  • Children under 5 are always welcomed free of charge
  • Beverages - including water, soda, wine, and beer - are available for purchase onboard
  • No food is sold on the boat, though you are welcome to bring your own snacks or brown-bag meal aboard
  • Strollers may be brought aboard and will be folded and stored in the salon for the duration of the cruise. They are not allowed on the deck. Please note, children must be removed from strollers prior to boarding
  • For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated aboard the ship. Guests who are able to transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair, based upon availability
  • Latecomers cannot be refunded

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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