Red Witch Tall Ship


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In a Nutshell

  • Daytime & nighttime tours
  • Interactive sightseeing
  • Stunning views of the skyline
  • Bring your own drinks & snacks

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather; subject to rescheduling. Reservation required by 8/2/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Boat tours offer unparalleled views of a city's skyline, much like tricycle tours offer incomparable views of a city's waistlines. Grant peepers a panoramic extravaganza with today's Groupon for a sail on the Red Witch tall ship. Choose from the following options:

  • For $15, you get one ticket for a 75-minute Thursday afternoon sail (a $30 value).
  • For $45, you get one ticket for a 2.5-hour Cocktail Skyline sail (a $95 value).
  • For $45, you get one ticket for a 2-hour Moonlight sail (a $95 value).

All reservations must be made within 10 days of Groupon purchase.

Chicago's solitary wooden tall ship, the Red Witch’s leisurely drifts along Lake Michigan's crystalline waves have nabbed it the title of Best Tour Boat in 2009–2010 from Illinois Meetings and Events. Up to 49 guests can gather on the Red Witch's vibrant red-cedar deck for a triumvirate of interactive tours, allowing seafarers the chance to raise the sails, steer the ship, and track down the captain's lost anchor tattoo. Eschew workday worries on the Thursday afternoon sail, a 75-minute jaunt loaded with background on the ship's history and introductory sailing tips, or glimpse the stunning city skyline's nightly foray into fluorescence as the sun sets over the 2.5-hour Cocktail Skyline sail. Passengers swathed in the moon's midnight blue can perfect howls or engage in staring contests with face-shaped craters on the two-hour Moonlight sail. A duo of complimentary drinks anchors the Skyline and Moonlight sails, and guests are welcome to tote along home-brought snacks and spirits for all three tours. Call for upcoming dates and times.

Any sail is subject to rescheduling in the event of too few reservations.

Tall Ship Red Witch

What looks like a crimson-hulled pirate ship glides into view. The wind picks up, surging into the schooner's 77-foot gaff-rigged sails and speeding the vessel along at 8 knots. Those on shore can just make out the boat's name, Red Witch, and what appear to be passengers raising a drink to the views from ship.

Designed by renowned naval architect John G. Alden and named after the book Wake of the Red Witch—the same story that inspired the film starring John Wayne and Gail Russell—the Coast Guard–licensed ship accommodates up to 49 passengers within its mahogany-over-oak frame. Having sailed waters off Maui and San Diego, the boat is now under the stewardship of Captain Andrew Sadock and his crew who will be glad to autograph cannonballs for each passenger.

Customer Reviews

The crew members were very nice; the show was entertaining; and, my kids had a great time!
Kathy W. · August 19, 2012
Thanks, and great Job
Enrique L. · April 11, 2012
Loved the was my first time and it was an amazing day. The weather couldn't have been better either. Would definitely recommend this to friends.
Arlene C. · November 7, 2016
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