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Located on the upper deck, between the Crystal Gardens and the Pepsi® Skyline Stage is Pier Park. An outdoor landscaped area which features attractions such as a permanent 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride, an 18-hole miniature golf course and more.

Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger, The Links Mini Golf and the Light Tower Ride are now open for the season. Rides operate weather-permitting.

The Carousel and Remote Control Boats will re-open late spring 2014.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel | Carousel | Wave Swinger | The Links Mini Golf
Remote Control Boats | Light Tower Ride | Ticket Prices

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel

Signature Ride: $7

A visit to Navy Pier is not complete without a ride on the Pier’s most visible attraction: the 150-foot high Ferris Wheel, modeled after the world’s very first Ferris wheel constructed for Chicago’s 1893 World Columbian Exposition. Enjoy unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline and lakefront on this seven minute ride with one full rotation.

The Ferris Wheel has 40 gondolas seating six passengers. The Ferris Wheel is open year-round and weather-permitting.

All riders ages 3 and up must have a ticket to ride. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. One adult may accompany no more than two children under the age of 10. Guests using wheelchairs or other mobility devices must transfer from the device to the gondola by themselves or with the assistance of a companion.


CarouselClosed for the season.

Located near the Ferris wheel in Navy Pier Park, the carousel was designed exclusively for Navy Pier. It's a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier's golden age of the 1920s when a similar attraction delighted another generation of visitors. The carousel's 36 hand-painted animals represent the different styles found throughout the history of carousels. Horses, chariots and a playful frog are just a few of the featured characters waiting to carry children of all ages. The hand-painted rounding boards at the top of the 44-foot carousel depict scenes of Navy Pier's history.

You must be at least 42 inches tall to ride alone or be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Wave SwingerWave Swinger

Open for the season, weather-permiting
Standard Ride: $6

Towering nearly forty feet over a pond of water, this exhilarating forty-eight seat swing ride lifts visitors fourteen feet in the air, and whisks them around for a thrill that shows guests a view of the lakeside never before seen.

You must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the Wave Swinger.

The Links Mini Golf
Miniature Golf
Open for the season, weather-permiting
Standard Ride: $6

Putt, putt, putt your way around Pier Park on Navy Pier’s 18-hole miniature golf course. This attraction weaves visitors around the base of the Ferris Wheel, while taking them on a tour of Chicago-themed golf holes.

Remote Control BoatsRemote Control Boats

Closed for the season.

Located in Pier Park at the Wave Swinger, enjoy our token operated remote control boats. We have eight boats ready to be maneuvered and navigated through the waters. $1.00 for one token. Two tokens needed per ride. This attraction is not included in the Standard Ride or You-Ride-2 Value Ticket options.

Light Tower RideLight Tower Ride

Open for the season, weather-permiting
Standard Ride: $6

Located near the Ferris wheel in Pier Park, the Light Tower Ride bounces you to the top and then bounces you back down again. Loose shoes must be removed when riding.

You must be 36 inches tall to ride.


Ticket Prices

Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger, The Links Mini Golf and Light Tower Ride are open for the season, weather-permitting. Carousel and Remote Control Boats will re-open late spring 2014.

Signature Ride – Ferris Wheel: $7

Standard Ride – includes Carousel, The Links Mini Golf, Light Tower Ride and Wave Swinger: $6

You-Ride-2 Value Ticket: $12
Choose any two attractions (Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger, The Links Mini Golf, Carousel and Light Tower Ride). Ticket may not be shared.

10-Ride Family Share Pass: $49
Available for purchase at the Pier Park ticket booth only. Rides may be shared among guests within the same party.


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