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The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour

Newberry, MI
906-876-2311
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Newberry
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Denver, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a very beautiful trip through trees and then along the Tahquamenon River. The highlights of the trip are the scenery and the wildlife - we saw bears, deer, eagles, river otters and many turtles. The trip is pretty long, so it's probably better for adults than children but there is food available on the boat and bathrooms. The... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

We are glad the wildlife was out during your visit. It's always exciting to see animals. We are working with the Department of Natural Resources to find a way to repair or replace the lost stairway. We are very happy that you had an enjoyable visit with us. Thank you. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went on the Trolly/Boat trip. It was rainy and windy on the way to the boat. But we still had a good time. Captain was very informative and made the boat trip enjoyable! Very educational! On the way back on the trolly we saw a bear. Which was wonderful! People complaining in the reviews need to realize it is... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful comments. Yes the loss of the stairway is sad. The geologist is coming this week to see if the rock wall adjacent to the stairs is stable enough to make repairs. It may be necessary to have some of the wall removed with explosives to remove loose rocks before we can make repairs. Thank you... More

Glenn, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Although this is not the most exciting, comfortable ride - we thoroughly enjoyed the views and the animals we were able to spot along the ride. When the large bear decided to follow the trolley, very close to where we were sitting - we were amazed! The staff is very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable.

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so happy that the wildlife was out for your visit. Your photo of the bear is awesome. Thanks for posting it. More

Shelby Twp
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We drove a hour and a half to ride the 1 3/4 hr trolley. They overbooked the seats and asked us to hold our kids "until we get further down and pick up another car". That ended up being the halfway point! We saw nothing but trees and a few birds. They said it was too windy for the bears.... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the train ride. We do apologize for being that full. We were not expecting such a big turn out. Normally everyone has lots of room. Unfortunately your right about not seeing any wildlife that day. They are wild animals and even though we put out food they don't always cooperate. This time... More

Glenwood, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was my fifth time taking this trip in the last six years, and nowhere I go while traveling through the U.P. is better. From the time I arrive and am directed as to where to park, to going inside and getting my ticket from Dixie (and catching up with her a bit), to all of the nice people I... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Bill, It was wonderful seeing you again. Thank you for the wonderful review. Can't wait until we see you again next year. More

Spring Lake, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was one area of our trip that we were looking forward to most greatly, and unfortunately we were terribly disappointed. Although the train and the boat are neat, both rides are too long and it's exhausting....literally...the exhaust from the train had many of us holding our breath. After 2.5 hours between the train and boat, finally we reached our... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

We are so very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the tour. Every effort is being made on our part to inform passengers in advance that the bottom view stairway would not be available. You stated that the guide took off ahead of you. The guides job isn't so much to guide, but to make sure everyone gets back... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This being mine and my son's first time in the U.P., we were really excited about this attraction. We did the Trolley and Boat tour. As far as wildlife, the coolest thing we got to see was the Bald Eagles and the Osprey. The boat ride was fun fur a while, pretty scenery, but my son guy bored really quick.... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed the trip. More

Baraboo, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I showed up really early and got a reservation for that day which I didn't know I needed. The lady is super nice and pointed me in the right direction for breakfast. The train ride was really neat. We seen a baby black bear. I have back issues so it is recommended to bring a blanket (which you might need... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

We are so sorry about the stairway being closed. A huge rock slide took it out just days before we opened for the season. We are working with the Department of Natural Resources and the state of Michigan to come up with a solution to this problem. We are glad you enjoyed the tour. More

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This advernture is likely not for everyone -- especially those looking for something quick and touristy. But if you're inclined to take in the Upper Peninsula's back country at a leisurely pace while learning fascinating things about the area and its wildlife, this is a day well spent. As they advertise, this is a family operation. And, it is very... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Dear Andrew, Thank you for this review. You have hit the nail on the head. Were so glad there are still folks like yourself who enjoy things at a slower pace. More

Sycamore, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We decided to take the Toonerville Trolley on our Mackinac City vacation. It was well worth the drive. This is perfect for kids and adults, too! We enjoyed the relaxing train ride through the wilderness. The seating was arranged so that everyone had an unobstructed view. There was no guarantee that wild animals would be seen, but we saw 2... More

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Dixie S, Owner at The Toonerville Trolley Riverboat Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed the tour. More

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