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Water Sports in Chicago

Kids are known for their adventurous spirit. It is part of who they are. So if you’re traveling in Chicago with your kids, check out our list of the best things to do in Chicago for the kids. There are plenty of exciting activities that both adults and kids can enjoy in Chicago. You can kayak along the Chicago Riverwalk, explore the water on a speedboat, ride a Jetski on Lake Michigan, or soar above the water on a flyboard.

If you need help in planning for your Chicago trip, check out our list of the best Chicago tours. Exploring the waters of Chicago would be fun, especially if you are traveling with the little ones! So if this is something that excites you, then these Chicago River Boat tours are worth checking out. There are various boat trips available for you to choose from. If you want to discover the architectural wonders of Chicago, this Chicago Architectural River Cruise will be perfect for you. But if you would prefer to tour Chicago on a bus, then take a look at these hop on hop off bus tours of Chicago.

Chicago is also home to some of the world’s best amusement parks, such as the Haunted Trails in Burbank and the Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park in Elk Grove Village. If you want to take your kids to these parks, refer to our list of the best amusement parks in Chicago to help you plan for your trip.

For families who love to walk around, these Chicago Walking Tours are worth checking out. These walking tours will come with local guides who are professional entertainers and history buffs. But if you’re on a limited budget, fret not, for there are free things to do in Chicago that are waiting for you.So whether you’re traveling on your own, with a friend, or with your family and kids, exploring Chicago is certainly fun!

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Private Pontoon Boat Rental with Pizza Included

1. Private Pontoon Boat Rental with Pizza Included

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  • Please note: Chicago's reopening plan requires that we limit capacity on all boats to 4 adults and 2 children (6 total). We cannot allow any exceptions. For more information call 1-770-PONTOON. Rent with us and you can take a private, self-guided cruise along the Chicago River where you’re the captain! No strangers tag along. It’s just you,...
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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

2. Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

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  • The rumors are true! The best way to soak in all of Chicago's rich architectural beauty is by joining us on our 75-minute River and Lake Architectural Cruise. Enjoy a relaxing ride along the Chicago River and learn all about the history of this beautiful city and its landmarks. And don't forget the tour's grand finale, a thrilling speedboat ride...
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30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

3. 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

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  • Feel the need for speed- This exhilarating speedboat ride takes you out onto Lake Michigan for the ride of a lifetime. Experience the roar of the 2000-horsepower engines as you race along Chicago's famous Lake Michigan. The best way to view Chicago is always from the...
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1 Hour Private Chicago River Cruise Rental

4. 1 Hour Private Chicago River Cruise Rental

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  • It's an intimate experience for 2 to 6 people. No mass crowds associated with tour boats. They get to enjoy the river with the luxury of having their own private boat with a professional, licensed, captain. Cocktails, and other beverages, are available from the bar for purchase before...
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Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

5. Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

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  • During the summer, take a kayak out on Lake Michigan at twilight for Chicago’s spectacular fireworks display. You'll paddle out to Navy Pier in a single or double kayak with professional guides for a 2.5-hour tour, watching the Windy City transform into a twinkling skyline at night. One guide per 8 to 10 people ensures personalized attention in...
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Chicago River Ghosts and Gangsters Kayak Tour

6. Chicago River Ghosts and Gangsters Kayak Tour

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  • Discover the ‘shadier’ side of Chicago during a late evening kayak tour that takes you to reportedly haunted sites along the Chicago River. As you paddle past landmarks built during the city's unprecedented 19th-century boom, you’ll learn about Chicago’s mob-filled past and the legacy left by gangsters such as Papa Johnny Torrio and his...
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Chicago River Kayak Tour

7. Chicago River Kayak Tour

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  • Explore the beauty of downtown Chicago from the water on a relaxing 2.5-hour kayak tour. In either a single or double kayak, you'll paddle along the Chicago River, passing by landmarks like Willis Tower as you listen to interesting tales about the city from a professional guide. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 8 to...
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Aqua Water Trike Rentals

8. Aqua Water Trike Rentals

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  • See Chicago from a new perspective during this 30 minute water excursion. Sit above water and pedal your own Aqua Water Trike around Lake Michigan. These three wheeled, wide pedals are flexible, stable, easy to steer, easy to ride and easy to maneuver. No lesson required-Just hop on and pedal for a fun, unique...
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