BEST KID-FRIENDLY THRILLSeadog Extreme at Navy Pier
Fast, loud and soaking wet—that’s the experience readers voted for in Sea Dog Adventures’ Extreme Thrill Ride high-speed lake tours. The sleek red boat, which bursts out of Navy Pier in warm months, revs its jet-propelled 1,400-horsepower engines to zip passengers around the lake—180- and 360-degree spins, slaloms and adrenaline-pumping hard rock and rap tunes included. All the while, a guide offers a rundown of Chicago history and landmarks, but your brood might be too busy hanging onto their seats to notice. With the same wallop of a serious roller coaster, the Extreme Thrill Ride requires riders to be taller than 48 inches. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave (866-391-8439).
Other nominees X-Flight at Six Flags Great America, the Ledge at Willis Tower, Running the bases at Wrigley Field, the 25-scoop Royal George ice cream sundae at Margie’s Candies