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Address: 99 ARTHUR ST (US31), Manistee, MI
Phone Number: +1 231-723-3587
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This preserved Lake Michigan car ferry offers tours in the spring,and...
This preserved Lake Michigan car ferry offers tours in the spring,and summer. It doubles as a unique hotel in the summer. In October it is a haunted house.
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The last of it's kind

This ship is one of only 3 car ferries remaining on the Great Lakes and the only one that remains unmodified. The guided tour was informative and the ship was very interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
MarshallLeonard
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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This ship is one of only 3 car ferries remaining on the Great Lakes and the only one that remains unmodified. The guided tour was informative and the ship was very interesting. The tour is not accessible and also involves climbing a few ships ladder type stair ways so you need to be able to maintain 3 point contact and... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We took the tour. Our tour guide was very informative. He was very friendly and took his time explaining things when we asked. Recommend this tour to those that like ships, nautical things.

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Pelican Lake, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The S.S. City of Milwaukee was built in 1931 and is the last example of a twin-stack carferry. We went this time during Reunion Weekend and enjoyed two video presentations on Great Lakes carferry history. There was also a Silent Auction with many donations from local businesses and individuals. The Silent Auction also included some carferry relics, which were both... More 

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We did the haunted house on the SS Milwaukee. Pretty low budget but still a great time. It included all five decks and the wheelhouse.

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Pelican Lake, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This ship is truly a must-see, as she is the last of her kind and on the National Register of Historic Places. If you like ships, you will like this tour. It's rare to be able to see the original furnishings and equipment on a historic vessel. As you climb stairs, walk the deck, and scoot through doors, you get... More 

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custer, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It's just an old boat rusting into Manistee Lake. Do different than any other car ferry that used to cross Lake Michigan. This used to be in Elberta, Mi- They are still glad they got rid of it. Some history-but not worth the time or taking a family on it.

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Wellston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were fornunate to get a personal tour with a great old gentleman. He was very knowledgeable and told many storys of the "life at sea". I did not know that the ship ran continiously for many years. They would fix or over-haul an engine at a time. We toured the complete ship. If you express a real interst and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

As an avid carferry fan it was only appropriate that I tour the ship. The guide was very knowledgeable in the history and I got an appreciation of what life was like aboard a vessel built almost 80 years ago. Excellent job!

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Corunna, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We took our young children and they were fascinated by this ship (and the Coast Guard ship). I was amazed by the woodwork in the passenger areas.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Stopped in with family on trip up the coast. Office and boat need some work, but it seems they are doing the best they can with the budget they have. Tour guide was very knowledgeable having sailed the lakes on ore boats himself. Overlook the rough edges and enjoy seeing and learing about another era. Definately do this if you... More 

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Additional Information about S.S. City of Milwaukee

Address: 99 ARTHUR ST (US31), Manistee, MI
Phone Number: +1 231-723-3587
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Manistee County  >  Manistee
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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