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Lake Express

2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53207 (Bay View)
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Ranked #18 of 38 activities in Milwaukee
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Holland, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I rode the Lake Express ferry round trip from Muskegon to Milwaukee on a weekend in early October. It was a great experience. I would definitely recommend the ferry to others looking to avoid the drive through Chicago. The crossing is only 2.5 hours, the passenger cabin is spacious and comfortable, and there are food and drinks available for purchase... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My mother and I took this trip recently, heading from the east coast to Lake Geneva. The ferry seemed like a good option since it would cut down on a full day’s driving, so it shortened our trip considerably. For us, it was a bit tricky logistically, since my mother uses a wheelchair, and we were taking the car. But... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

At $95 per person with or without a car and the additional cost it represents, this is not cheap but compaired to driving from Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Holland or Kalamazoo, MI to get to Wisconsin through Chicago, it is worth it. It may even compare favorably to the cost of gas and certainly the anguish. The ferry is very comfortable... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

What a pleasant surprise to travel to Michigan aboard a very efficient ferry. The greeting staff to park the car were professional yet friendly in their TSA official capacity checking ID etc. The terminal is very clean and modern. The ride over was not "wavy" but very sleek and smooth to enjoy the ride. Food prices were competitive with other... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was a great experience and saved a lot of time on a trip to Detroit for me and my vehicle. Way cheaper than flying and renting a car in Detroit.

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Richfield, WI
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70 reviews 70 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We took the "fast ferry" (Lake Express) from Milwaukee to Muskegon, and back, after our trip in Michigan and Canada. We're not sure it saved a lot of time compared to driving, but it certainly saved a lot of headache driving through the Chicago area. We arrived at 5:15 to board the ferry for the 6:00 a.m. trip. The ferry... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Reading some of the other reviews, I feel relieved to have made it across the lake and back in one piece. My trip was perfect; I loved it! If I kept a bucket list, I would add this and check it off: it was a very interesting experience. I had to travel to Milwaukee for a conference, requiring a drive... More

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Woodstock, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Took the 12:30 ferry on August 20 2013 out of Milwaukee to Michigan and there were no problems. A little pricier than the Badger, but the short trip was worth not having to fight traffic through Chicago and Indiana. We boarded on time, everything was "shipshape", the seating was better than some planes I've been on. A movie was available... More

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We booked one way passage for my husband, myself, our two children, and the car. We had room and dinner reservations waiting in Michigan. Arrived over an hour early only to be told that the ferry was cancelled. Rude customer service and no "We're sorry" or any suggestion of a later ferry. When I asked, they said that our home... More

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Just took the Lake Express from Milwaukee to Muskegon. No vehicle. A bit pricey, but for the 2.5 hour trip, probably worth it if you can justify the need. Didn't buy food onboard - no prices listed, and there were complaints about the high prices. Regular seating was not very comfortable - seat cushions were very hard. Seat backs recline... More

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