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Address: 99 ARTHUR ST (US31), Manistee, MI 49660
Phone Number: +1 231-723-3587
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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. The Acacia has self-guided tours and is also available for overnight groups.
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A Work In Progress

The last of the Lake Michigan Train Ferries. Manistee was never the Port City for this ship. It was brought here to become a Museum. It is a Work in progress by volunteers that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Manistee, Michigan
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Monmouth, il
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

What an awesome experience ! ! Getting to stay in the staterooms and sit on the top decks and relax as the sun sets...wonderful . But the most amazing part is waking up to the sun dawning over the water and into your room, taking a cup of coffee and sitting uo top and enjoying the sunrise . The ship... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a absolute marvel of engineering! Rail car ferry capable of transporting 30 loaded rail cars, (300+ tons), and 50 passengers in comfort and style. Original finishes & woodwork adorn the state rooms and common areas from this turn of century beauty! One of the BEST tours we have taken anywhere. Try to get Bob as your guide and... More 

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Manistee, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The last of the Lake Michigan Train Ferries. Manistee was never the Port City for this ship. It was brought here to become a Museum. It is a Work in progress by volunteers that put their heart into it. Every October they have "The Ghost Ship" Haunted Ship.

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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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