My mother and I took my two boys, ages 2.5 and 5, on the Pirate Treasure Hunt & Shackelford Banks Excursion yesterday and we have been telling everyone we know about the AMAZING time we all had!
The fun started before we even boarded with the pirates playing with the kids, and handing out pirate bandanas. Once we boarded the boat, the pirates walked around entertaining everyone, (young and old!) with sword fights, face painting, and general ruckus. We laughed so much, and the smiles on my boys' faces was ear to ear!
Once we arrived at the banks, we were led on a hysterical treasure hunt, complete with a plank walking, and pirate initiation. The treasure hunt was long enough to be fun, but just short enough to keep the kids interested. At the end, each of the children got to take gold from the treasure chest.
After the hunt, we had time to play in the ocean. We stuck close to the ship, and I am SO glad we did. We were able to walk out quite far into the water, where the pirates swam and played with the kids. I made a tongue in cheek remark to one of the pirates that clearly they HATED kids to be doing that job, and he replied that he had the best job in the world. So awesome! We even had about 7 of the wild horses walk right past us! It couldn't have been better!
Back on the boat, there was a kids vs pirates water gun fight that entertained them the whole ride back. I've never seen a crew so great with children!
The boat itself was very clean, had restrooms, food and beverages (alcoholic and non) for purchase.
I would recommend this to anyone with children 12 and under. It was an absolute blast!
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