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Exciting Rides at the Pier | Navy Pier

August 22, 2012

Navy Pier is the place to be in Chicago! Each year, over 8 million guests visit Navy Pier to enjoy the restaurants, shopping, entertainment and rides. Countless guests challenge the thrilling attractions that help make Navy Pier Chicago’s playground. Are you brave enough to conquer them?


The Ferris wheel

Standing at 150 feet tall, Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel is the most visible attraction at Navy Pier. Modeled after the very first Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier provides excitement for any adventure-seeker or adventure-seeking family.

The 7-minute ride begins with a long, slow climb to the top. On the way up, the nerves and fear of heights will start to stir in the pit of your stomach but as the climb to the top continues and the ground gets further away, the view only gets better.

At the very top of the Ferris wheel, a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline awaits and puts all fears aside. The Ferris wheel is a great place to conquer your fear of heights and enjoy a pleasant ride with an unparalleled view of the city.


The Seadog

If you’re in the mood for something thrilling and exciting but you want to be out on Lake Michigan, then head over to Dock Street and take a ride on the Seadog or the Seadog Extreme. Seadogs I, II, and IV allow visitors to experience an exciting ride down the Lakefront and Chicago River as they cruise in an exhilarating speed boat. If you’re looking for something even faster, take a ride on the Seadog Extreme.

The Seadog Extreme is a more intense thrill and is 30% faster than the other Seadogs. As if being faster isn’t enough, the Seadog Extreme surprises guests with quick spins, slalom runs and sharp twists and turns. This truly is a wet and wild experience and a great way to have fun on the water.

For more information on the thrills Navy Pier has to offer or to purchase tickets, please visit


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