About Navy Pier

There are plenty of things to do in the Chicago Area but one place that children love to come to time and time again however is Navy Pier. It is packed with absolutely wonderful things to do, as well as boasting the children’s museum so your kids can learn and play at exactly the same time. Let’s take a look at what can be found on the Navy Pier.

About Navy Pier.

If you are a mother in Chicago then you will have heard about the Navy Pier, perhaps you will have had your children begging for you to take them there. If you live outside of Chicago and have kids then this should be one of your top destinations to head to if you are ever in the city. The pier of course isn’t just for children; there are plenty of activities for the adults to do as well.

Take a look at pictures of Navy Pier. You will notice that one of the most stand-out attractions on it will be a Ferris Wheel, standing at over 150 Feet Tall it boasts amazing views of the city. This attraction can be found in the section called ‘Pier Park’ which includes a number of other traditional fairground amusements for you to enjoy. A couple of the attractions may be a little overkill for the youngest in your family, but this is still a great day out.

Chicago Children’s Museum.

One of the best attractions for children on the pier is the Chicago Children’s Museum. This museum is packed full of imaginative activities for your children to engage in. Not only will they be having fun, they will also be learning at the same time. The experiences that you can have are incredibly vast. All the action is spread out over three floors, so whether you are looking to lean clown skills with ‘Circus Zirkus’, want to learn to build a tree house or go dinosaur bone digging, you will find it all in the children’s museum. The first Sunday of every month is FREE entry to the museum and it can become fairly packed out. It is $12 for both Adults and Children throughout the rest of the days.

For the older children they may love visiting ‘Fun House Maze’. It is  basically a hall of mazes that is made from mirrors. On top of this there are a whole range of out-of-this-world sensory experiences that are thrown in on top. As suggested at the start however, this is really only for the older children out there.


There is a variety of dining and shopping experiences also on the pier which should help you wind down after a long day of rushing around the children’s museum and running through halls of mirrors. You should be able to last a full day on the Navy Pier, there is just so much to do for adults and children alike, and the best part is, it is relatively cheap and very simple to get here from anywhere in Chicago.

Directions To Navy Pier.

Getting to  Navy Pier from within Chicago is actually pretty simple. There are over 200 city buses operating every day over seven different lines. Each of these buses will take you directly to the pier. These routes are:

  • #29 State Street
  • #65 Grand Avenue
  • #66 Chicago Avenue
  • #124 Navy Pier Express
  • #2 Hyde Park Express
  • #120 Northwestern/Wacker Express
  • #121 Union/Wacker Express

The area is also accessible from the Metra. If you are driving then there is on-site parking available for around $25 a day, depending on what day of the week that you are traveling.

If you want a fun day out for all the kids then I really suggest that you look no further than Navy Pier. Whether you are going there to visit the kids’ museum or to enjoy some of the activities that take place on this entertainment hub you simply cannot go wrong!

What’s your favorite thing about Chicago? Where do you love to go at the pier?

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