Jolly Charters
Jolly Charters
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The ONLY Interactive Pirate Ship Excursion at the Lake of the Ozarks. Treasure Hunt Excursion that is fun for the whole family. A must do at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Rocky Mount, Missouri

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Earth Gypsy
Linn Creek, MO87 contributions
Jul 2021
Would recommend this to anyone of any age. We took our 2 grandsons this morning and we had a wonderful time. They got to meet the crew before we embarked on a 45 minute ship ride and treasure hunt and then return back to the slip. The boys age 5 and 6 really enjoyed but there were "pirates" of all ages. Capt. Scalawag and Mayhem Marnie did a wonderful job and were in great character throughout the voyage. Thank you crew members of the Calypso we had a wonderful time! Hoozah!!!!
Written July 24, 2021
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Marty Hatfield
Moravia, IA60 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Wonderful adventure. My grandchildren loved it, The pirate (actors) aboard were a lot of fun and seemed to enjoy it as much as the kids. Highly recommend it. The restaurant (Jolly Roger I think) where the ship is docked is very good also.
Written August 14, 2021
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respiratorytherapist
Nashville, IL437 contributions
Aug 2021
My sister and I live about 3.5 hours from Lake of Ozarks and spent 2 nights in early August. We brought our kids ages 13, 7, 4. We were unsure about going on Jolly Charters because I thought there weren't enough details. I'm very glad we went. We all had a good time and we enjoyed watching the kids being so excited.
*Book early because the reservations fill up fast.
*We went on the 9am adventure that lasted a total of hour and 40 minutes, so it wasn't too hot yet.
*It’s a long, winding road to get there. Leave early, allow plenty of time.
*The bar advertises the "Lake's Best Breakfast". We arrived too late to eat, but the food looked fantastic.
So here's the Jolly Charters pirate treasure cruise details:
It's at Jolly Roger's Pub and Grog Restaurant. During check in the kids all got pirate hats. There is a stage and skit area that the pirate captain and first mate introduce themselves, tell about pirate lore, teach some pirate words, and prepare you for the cruise and treasure hunt. Skallywag Annie joins them along with 2 other crew. About 35 of us all board the pirate ship. Annie causes some problems and actually walks the plank. The kids all went up and got a close look. They couldn't believe she actually jumped in the water. We cruise across the lake and give the pirate sign to passing boaters. Everyone has a chance to go to the front of the boat and take pictures. The boat docks at a park/camp. The path is a paved walk. I'd say it's not handicap accessible, but it's an easy walk with several stops. Each stop the captain reads a clue that leads to the next stop on the path. Eventually treasure is found. Pictures can be taken throughout. Back on the boat, the kids each got a treasure bag which was part of the loot. On the way back, they allowed the grumpy teens that thought they were too cool to be there, to steer the boat. They actually smiled. Skallywag Annie reappears in a boat and shot cannonballs at the boat she was promptly shot and went back in the water. They allowed those on the cruise to make reservations at the restaurant and I didn't realize what a big deal that was until we saw how packed the restaurant was.
I couldn't believe we never knew this adventure was on the lake. I highly recommend it, especially for kids under 14. My sister and I each tipped $5. We were glad to do it.
Written August 14, 2021
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David W
3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Quality has gone down with new crew in 2020. Except the pirate girl..Amya Brisbin...she was excellent, passionate, and super kind to the kids...she has a good heart!

Worst part was when the Captain asked for a 20% tip staring at everyone begging for money as we were getting off the ship! Hey guys I’m already paying 25 bucks a pop and you want more? Seriously.
Written September 8, 2020
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Michelle D
Columbia, MO8 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Fantastic experience. Not a dull moment. Captain Skallywags is a true comedian. The sword fight was awesome. Black Bart was actually force to walk the plank. Skull island treasure hunt was a fantastic. My granddaughter got to handle the ship after we pulled away from doc. I hope to do this again next year. Too many pics of our 2 hour adventure to post. Just fantastic!
Written June 20, 2019
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Mary Jo S
Cape Girardeau, MO48 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We went on the 9am treasure hunt. We started off by receiving “pirate Vest “ for the little ones, (under 7). Then the show began. First Mate Mayhem Marnie and Captain Scalawag were funny and entertaining. They had all of us, from the 4 year old to the mid 50’s laughing and enjoying ourselves.
The pirate ship was very easy to maneuver around as the story of the treasure hunt continued. Probably one of the best things that happened was each child got an opportunity to steer the ship. We were able to witness some of the most awesome smiles we had seen all vacation.
The actual treasure hunt was a little warm but the children seemed to enjoy the adventure.
The ride back was more of the same. The whole crew were wonderful with the children and adults alike. They definitely made these landlubbers into pirate wannabes.
We would absolutely take the journey with this crew again.
Written July 15, 2018
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Jessica H
11 contributions
May 2017 • Family
We went on the 11am pirate adventure tour and had a great time! Make sure to check the weather and dress/pack accordingly! It was alternating between rainy and hot while we were there. They do have a tarp they put over half of the ship that will keep you dry. They do a fun little skit/show at the beginning which was fun to see. Their costumes and the pirate ship were well done. Our 2 year old really enjoyed everything about the trip. There is a short steep hike up a hill to the treasure, but still very doable (and I'm 35 weeks pregnant). Afterwards, we ate at the Grub n Grog (where it starts and finishes) and that had a fun atmosphere and yummy lunch.
Written May 29, 2017
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Kelly C
Chesterfield, MO12 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
From start to finish this was an amazing time. My husband and I took our two kids to the lake for the sole purpose of going on the Calypso for my sons 5th birthday. It did not disappoint. We were booked for the 11:30 sailing but they called a few days before and asked if we would move to the 9:30. It was 100 degrees all weekend so we jumped at the offer. We arrived at the Jolly Roger at the same time as Captain Scalawag. He didn't hesitate to stop and chat with us. My son (and myself) are huge pirates fans. My son followed him around all day talking his ear off, completely convinced Captain Scalawag was the real deal. The Captain was so wonderful and treated him like a first mate. Everyone at the restaurant and the crew on the ship were great. We boarded the ship and the fun really started. There was a mutiny and one of the crew walked the plank. We took a cruise on the lake with the crew keeping us entertained. All of the kids got to steer the ship. We sailed to "Cannibal Island" to search for treasure. All of the kids received treasure bags to take home. On the way back we got another show complete with cannon fire. Anyone who wanted to stay and eat at the restaurant was given priority seating. The kids played on the pirate themed playground until it was time to eat. The food was great. Even the kids meals were really good. We ordered off the menu but they also had an amazing looking breakfast buffet. One of the staff brought the parrot to the table for the kids to hold and we sang happy birthday to my son. Captain Scalawag came by our table to talk to my son not once but twice! He even played with him in the gift shop after our meal. Made my son feel so special. He said it was the best day ever. Both of my kids can't wait to go back and I'll be happy to take them.
Written July 24, 2016
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Mick R
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Always great food, drink - kids love it. Easy to get to. Owner is very engaged, walks to every table, ever weekend. Wants you to be happy. Great place - they keep expanding every year.
Written June 26, 2016
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Joanna C
Springfield, MO3 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
My kids (ages 2 & 3) and my husband and I had a fantastic time on the Pirate Ship excursion. Everyone at this establishment was super friendly. Our kids got to steer the ship, dance to some pirate tunes on the deck of the ship, and search for buried treasure - it was great fun by all. My kids have asked to go back everyday since.
PLUS back on land they have a phenomenal playground for the children and the food at their restaurant was quite tasty. I highly recommend this child friendly business. We look forward to going back again and again.
Written June 22, 2016
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