Recently we spent a beautiful day down at Navy Pier. We started our day taking a ride on the giant ferris wheel–a first for all of us. This 150-foot wheel was modeled after the very first Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was a fun 7-minute ride where all three of us were happily snapping pictures of the Chicago views.

Our main pull to the Pier that day was the tall ships festival, which included viewing twenty majestic ships and boarding about half of them. There were ships of all sizes and from various ports, including a several from Canada and from Europe. It was fun reading and learning about the history of the ships and the current usage for the vessels. One (the Unicorn) is used for sail training and for leadership development for teenage girls and women. Another, the Bounty, was used in a variety of movies including Mutiny on the Bounty, Treasure Island, and Pirates of the Caribbean. This ship was one of the largest ones that we explored–we even got to go down to the lower section to check out the cabins. While I enjoyed the seeing and exploring the ships, after boarding seven or eight ships they all started looking the same to me. This, coupled with tiredness setting in for all of us, led us to just looking at the last few from the dock, which was just as satisfying. It was a fun family day out.