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S.S. City of Milwaukee

Address: 99 ARTHUR ST (US31), Manistee, MI
Phone Number: +1 231-723-3587
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Manistee
Type: Ships, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Midwest
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

This guided tour was very interesting. The tour guide was extremely informative and knowledgable. There is a lot of history wrapped up on this remaining car ferry---cars, as in rail cars, not automobiles. Maritime, rail, and history buffs will appreciate this boat, as a sample of the many car ferries that once plied Lake Michigan, hauling iron ore, among other... More

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