by Jill Piwko
[note] Tickets for this review were provided by the Michigan Maritime Museum. All opinions are my own. [/note]
Do you have a child that loves pirates and likes to have an adventure? If the answer is yes, then the Pirate Chase Adventure Cruise in South Haven may be the thing for you.
I took my son who is almost six on the Pirate Chaser Adventure Cruise last week and we had a fun adventure. We’d seen the tall ship many times while spending a day at the beach in South Haven, but had never had the opportunity to take the cruise. Always looking for an adventure, we thought we’d try the Pirate Chaser Adventure Cruise and share our findings with our readers at KZOOkids.com.
Learning Opportunities About Michigan Maritime
Our day started with a tour of the various buildings and exhibits as part of the Michigan Maritime Museum. I loved learning about the maritime history of the Great Lakes and found many of the exhibits interesting. With five separate buildings offering a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor, there is plenty to see and learn.
The Adventure Begins
After we toured the museum, we headed to meet at the flagpole where our adventure on the high seas (aka Lake Michigan) was getting ready to begin.
Once we were told that the pirates had taken our treasure, we joined the captain and the crew on board to help recapture the stolen treasure. My little guy enjoyed playing the role of a pirate chaser while I enjoyed the beautiful Friends of Goodwill ship and cruising through the harbor.
Once we got through the harbor (and waved to all of our friends on land along the way), we were fast approached by the nasty band of pirates that had stolen our pirate booty.
After our confrontation with the pirates which included real canon fire, they had surrendered and returned our treasure to us. Members of our fearless crew, headed out to retrieve our stolen treasure.
With the treasure back on board, the crew distributed the treasure to the rest of the crew including all of the kid pirates.
Then we were given a brief tour below deck and were able to hear a little more about the history of the Friends of Goodwill and even try out the sleeping quarters.
If You Go
The Pirate Chaser Cruise sails from June 17 to August 3, Wednesday though Saturday. Tickets are $37 per person. The admission to the Michigan Maritime Museum is included in the cost of the tickets. Make sure that you set aside some time to see the Museum while you are there. The Pirate Chase Adventure Cruise is limited to 28 passengers per cruise, so reserve your ticket early. You can even purchase your ticket online prior to the the cruise.
Where To Go
Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-8078 Museum
(800) 747-3810 Toll Free
Also Offered for 2014
- Day Sails – 1 1/2 hour cruise, May 29 – August 4 – 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm. Tickets are $35/person.
- Sunset Cruise -2 hour cruise May 28 – August 4. Tickets are $42/person. (Must be 4 or older for the Sunset Cruise).
- Museum only admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, and $7.00 for seniors. This includes dockside boarding of Friends Good Will if the vessel is in port during summer season.
- Group tours are also available. When we spoke to the crew, they said that some of the area schools had their class trips here. The Museum Campus, the tall ship Friends Good Will, the river launch Lindy Lou, the yacht Bernida, the Harbor Walk, and the Keeper’s House are guided tour options for groups visiting the Museum.
- Another option the Museum offers is the Lindy Lou. This electric powered river launch is ready for boarding and available for a cruise through the harbor. Tickets are $20 per person.
If you’re looking for something unique to do this summer within a one hour drive from Kalamazoo, we’d give the Pirate Chase Adventure Cruise a “thumbs-up”.