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S.S. City of Milwaukee

99 ARTHUR ST (US31), Manistee, MI
231-723-3587
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Manistee
Type: Ships
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This preserved Lake Michigan car ferry doubles as a hotel in the summer.
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Pelican Lake, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Manistee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I stayed on the Milwaukee for a night with my 9 year old son. We both enjoyed a tour of the boat and then exploring with him the different rooms and common areas. He was absolutely mesmerized with the history and appearance of the boat. We played games in the passenger lounge, talked with other guests, and slept well in... More

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