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|The best adventure in South Florida for kids!|
It's important to make your reservations ahead of time, because only so many people can go out on the boat at once. That being said, it does accommodate a fairly large group and would be perfect for field trips, birthday parties, summer camp visits, etc., and the boat runs multiple times in a day (check the schedule online to see which days they are open, and what times they have available).
When you arrive at the dock (excellent directions are given when you make your reservation), you'll see the big silver truck (maybe it's 'pirate gray?') with the Bluefoot Pirate logo. Head on over to it and get your registration information filled out. This takes a minute. While you're waiting for the rest of the crew to show, the captain, dressed in pirate garb, will offer a little entertainment (and if your captain is Kris, you'll get flips and jumps too...a pirate has to have good agility you know, it's perfect for keeping other pirates off-guard in a battle).
|Rogue Wave is keeping it real (pirate's gotta have a mustache!).|
|Adults got to sit in the shaded stern of the boat where Captain Kris gave a most excellent tour.|
The children were put at the bow of the boat (a term they all knew from the lesson given before boarding), where the first mate, or in our case, Rogue Wave (her pirate name, arrr!) took the kidlets. Parents were up high and could see every move their little ones were making on the boat, while at the same time being able to relax and enjoy the boat trip on their own.
Then the real adventure began!! There was a treasure hunt, with a real treasure map! The kids went from activity to activity (no time to get bored on this trip), and had a blast (figuratively and actually speaking)!!
There was a bad pirate, mm hmm, but he wasn't all that scary. He came in on another (much smaller) boat and had a Nerf water blaster for a weapon. He let loose on the kids, and boy did they let back (because he had the key to the treasure chest)!!
The cannons on each side of the boat really shoot water and the kids get to fire them. There are quite a few cannons, but if there are still not enough for everyone, the first mate will make sure everyone switches to the other side, so every child gets a chance. Good move, Rogue Wave... good move (we don't want tears on a trip like this one, and nothing causes tears faster than to be the odd man (or girl) out on a water cannon ;) ).
|Never take the word of a pirate, even if he's smiling.
Barnacle Bill lost the water shoot-out, but he didn't give over the key!
Barnacle Bill was the 'bad guy' and he made a deal with Captain Kris to turn over the key to the lost treasure, if he lost the water gun battle. He lost, but varmint that he is (he's a bad pirate remember), he 'threw' the key in the water when he lost, hoping it would be lost to sea forever.
Fortunately, Captain Kris and Rogue Wave had another plan up their pirate sleeves, and the key to the treasure was found by pirate magic, and an adorable little two-year-old who happened to be standing right next to it. ;) Each child was doled out a little treasure to take home (fake coins, not chocolate...thank goodness, it's hot in south Florida) and a certificate to render them official.
This trip was FUN!!! From the second we arrived to the very end, we all had such a good time. I'm going to go all out and say this is THE best thing for kids to do in Fort Lauderdale. We drove down from a couple hours away and it was worth it and then some to take this ride.
My Tip (lol) to You: Bring cash for a tip (it's mentioned at the end, they're definitely not at all pushy about it, but for this, you'll want to leave one!).
I'm one of those people though, who never has cash, so I was left feeling like 'aww man' when I walked off of the boat. It was definitely one of those times I felt a tip would be well-warranted!! The captain gave us lots of great insight about places to eat, play and more, and he made the trip very personable and immensely enjoyable. Rogue Wave likewise kept the children excited every single second of the trip. My son is 8 and he LOVED it! My daughter is 17, and though she didn't partake in the pirate adventure (she sat with the adults), she loved the trip too!
Other perks of the trip...
|I'll take one in any color, please|
Captain Kris is on the right, and I suspect that's Barnacle Bill on the left. ;)
Little man is at the pirate gear box.
I suspect this is really Barnacle Bill. He was there when we left, and when we came back. What a fun job!!
This adventure lasts a little over an hour and a half. Tickets are $25.00 a piece for each person aged 3+, and $5 for children 2 and under. You can learn more about Bluefoot Pirates by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. This is a professionally thought out, well-orchestrated fun event from start to finish. If you do one thing with the kids in Ft. Lauderdale, this is the thing to do!! Five out of five stars from me, and now I'm headed over to Trip Advisor to say the same.