Though pirates are known for genteel table manners and the ability to recite lines from Little Women on command, few know that they also like to let loose and have a good time. Today's Groupon gets you a taste of the wild side of pirate living: for $10, you get a ticket for a pirate-themed boat tour from Urban Pirate (up to a $27.50 value, including tax). Your Groupon is redeemable for either the family adventure cruise or the adult B.Y.O.G. (bring your own grog) cruise.
Your one-hour voyage will take place on a custom-built 52-foot "Fearless" pirate ship, which launches from the Ann Street Pier and is helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains. If you opt for the family adventure cruise ($20), you and your small fries will don water-criminal couture, complete with facial hair and tattoos, before you board the fearless "Fearless" and take to the corgi-infested waters of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. During the adventure, the costumed crew will give you a full rundown of the pirating arts, and you'll learn the slang of the open seas as you sing along to swashbuckling songs, practice pirate-choreographed dance moves, master rope-knotting methods, and blast the boat's water cannons at approaching bands of menacing ne'er-do-wells. The adult B.Y.O.G. cruise ($25) rounds up adventurateers (21 and older with a valid ID) for the ultimate buccaneer cruise, complete with songs, games, water cannons, and the beverage of your bringing.
Family-fun tours depart five times daily, while the adult B.Y.O.G. sets sail twice every Friday and Saturday evening; reservations are required, so call ahead to responsibly schedule your mutiny. You'll need to arrive 30 minutes before launch to complete your costume change and total character transition before boarding the "Fearless." Spend a day swashbuckling on the enclosed seas, or gift this Groupon to your sister and allow the overworked master and commander of tireless tots an hour of rest.
- Urban Pirates will literally transform your family into a gang of pirates. They have costumes and all the accessories needed to become a truly fearsome pirate. – Michael Townsend, Baltimore Family Entertainment Examiner
- As a 20-something with no kids, I can't even begin to tell you how much fun the BYOG(grog) adult cruises are with the urban pirates. I've been on three of them in the past year if that begins to describe how much fun they are. – AnnieB257, TripAdvisor
- There was a dance-off, a limbo contest, and of course who can forget the opportunity to shoot the water cannons at the tourists in the Inner Harbor? (We couldn't actually hit them because the pirate boat stayed juuuust far enough away) – hld73, TripAdvisor
Inspired by her own kids' love for all things pirate-related, a local mother founded Urban Pirates in 2008. The swashbuckling crew whisks families on one-hour voyages around the Baltimore Inner Harbor in the 52-foot ship Fearless, regaling them with songs, games, and activities. But the passengers aren't mere spectators—they become real members of the crew, donning pirate costumes complete with drawn tattoos and drawn facial hair and manning water cannons to help protect the ship when it's stormed by rival pirates.
The charismatic buccaneers can also personalize their charters, whether by distributing eye patches and other goodies to birthday-party guests, hosting on-the-water weddings, or guiding corporate groups through team-building exercises. On evening adult cruises, they even encourage patrons to bring their own grog from home. And, though the Fearless stays moored for the winter, the crew hardly abandons their mission to spark young imaginations. Rather than take to the sea, they visit Baltimore libraries and put on free pirate-themed story events that also incorporate games and songs.