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Pirates Hideaway

Eagle River, WI, USA
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MaryAnn P wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions10 helpful votes
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Amazing as always the beautiful area we live in, the kindness of the staff❤️🇺🇸 Kids and adults enjoyed the excursion ❤️🏴‍☠️
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Nicole S wrote a review Aug 2021
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This is the 2nd time our company has done a private tour at Pirates Hideaway and have had nothing but fun and positive experiences! Our company plans on making this a summer tradition. They do an awesome job organizing everything and both times have gone above and beyond for our group. We were able to order food afterward now that they are serving wood fired pizzas and sandwiches. The food was delicious. Pirates Hideaway is a must experience for anyone that finds themselves in the area whether you want to cruise the chain or not. They have an expansive yard with games for the kids and a large Tiki Bar with live entertainment every weekend all summer long. Thanks Steve and Family!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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PubCrawler777 wrote a review Aug 2021
Janesville, Wisconsin41 contributions27 helpful votes
Excellent staff, well organized, fun for the children and adults. Learn lots about the chain of lakes.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Rachel C wrote a review Aug 2021
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We attended a 6:15 tour at Pirate Hideaways last week and had an absolutely incredible time! We have a 3 year old daughter who is absolutely obsessed with pirates right now and although we live in St. Paul, near the Mississippi and St. Croix and many river cruise and paddleboat ride opportunities, this was the closest pirate themed boat ride that I could find in all of my Google searching! We had to drive 4 hours to Eagle River, WI (and 4 hours back!) but this was a magical pirate adventure for our daughter which made the whole trip worth the drive! When we arrived at Pirate Hideaways we were quite early for our cruise.  We got to explore the BEAUTIFUL flower gardens and we found the ice cream shop, immediately.  There were so many flavor options and the half scoop was more than enough for a 3 year old!  The deck overlooking the ship and yard was the perfect place to enjoy our treat and prepare for our ride. We figured out that we had to check in for our boat ride at the gift shop. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly and helpful.  We hadn't thought to bring warm clothes as it was a very warm day, but the wind on the lake really made you chilly. We attempted to purchase sweatshirts- they were very nice sweatshirts! Beautiful colors and cool styles! But they didn't have our sizes as many people had bought out their selection!  Instead, the family offered to bring out blankets for us so that we would be comfortable.  It was so nice and we felt so special and taken care of!  The brick fire pizza oven was apparently a fairly new addition to the Pirate Hideaways experience, but I couldn't tell.  Everything ran so smoothly!  We ordered our pizza and then realized that we only had 20 minutes before our boat ride left.   They made sure that our order was ready with plenty of time before our ride and let us take and eat our food on the boat.  I wish I could remember the name of our server, she was so helpful and friendly!  Also, the pizza was delicious! They had a honey glaze that was *chef's kiss.*  My husband said that if he lived closer he would go just for the pizza!  (High praise as he is highly critical and quite curmudgeonly.) Under the deck where we originally set up shop, we discovered that there was live music and a bar as well as pizza and hot dogs available for purchase.  In this area there was also a stern with a steering wheel for kids (and adults) to take photo ops or just pretend to be a pirate!  Our daughter enjoyed waiting for her food as she pretended to steer the pirate ship and yell "Ahoy! Mateys!"  Tables and chairs were set up outside, people were playing bags, kids were hula hooping with the various hula hoops that were available. It was like a giant family reunion at the lake.   That was my most unexpected noticing: everyone there seemed to know each other, or at least Captain Steve-O, and it was like hanging out at a block party or being with family. Such a great environment!  We didn't know anyone there when we arrived but felt welcomed and like part of the family when we left! As for the actual boat ride, I was told it was just "a scenic boat tour," but it was incredible!  We saw lots of wildlife, the setting sun was a spectacular backdrop, and the Eagle River chain of lakes is absolutely GORGEOUS!  We were given a choice of several different bandana styles and taught how to wear our bandanas like a pirate!  We were also given popcorn and drinks for our ride.  Captain Steve and Captain Steve-O were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and kind.  They were great with our shy child.  Captain Steve-O invited her to drive the pirate ship and encouraged her and praised her so kindly and gently! Today I asked her who her favorite pirate is and she told me "Captain Steve-O because he the best pirate."  She has also asked to go back to our pirate adventure at least three times over the course of this week. We will definitely be back and we will be enjoying a longer visit in Eagle River.  We were encouraged to check out Kartway, just down the road from Pirates Hideaway.  I have already recommended this adventure to several families with young children! Thank you for such a wonderful experience! COVID note:  As a family with a young child and adults at high risk for COVID, we've been extremely cautious and picky about the activities we participate in.   This was an outdoor space and families were able to stay well distanced from each other even on the boat ride!  We also saw Captain Steve wiping down tables and keeping the space disinfected.  I don't know what the masking policy will be in the future.  We went before the delta variant positivity rate started to rise and no one wore masks, but for those who may have concerns, I would consider this a fairly low risk experience.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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robyn wrote a review Jul 2021
Falmouth, Massachusetts1 contribution
We cruised out of Eagle Lake with one pirate at the helm and the Captain pirate told us tales of Chain of Lakes! The kids were mesmerized by the Pirates and eagerly talked with them. It was a very relaxing tour as the sun set and eagles flew by. I would highly recommend this tour for all ages.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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