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Address: 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone Number: 866-914-1010
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We just avoid Chicago

We used the Lake Express just to avoid the City of Chicago, Illinois. To get into Chicago, Illinois at 4 pm, do not get to the Illinois toll road until 1 am. It was just bumper to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
david t
Fall River, Massachusetts
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We used the Lake Express just to avoid the City of Chicago, Illinois. To get into Chicago, Illinois at 4 pm, do not get to the Illinois toll road until 1 am. It was just bumper to bumper traffic. That we wish to avoid period end of story We enjoyed the ship it is a high speed cattermarran They do... More 

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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We use the Lake Express when traveling from northwest Ohio to Madison, Wisconsin - it takes a little longer, but avoiding Chicago traffic while someone else drives - or steers, in this case - and we lounge inside or on the deck is worth the price. Lunch is available if we want it, clean (though very small) bathrooms are handy,... More 

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Pikeville, Kentucky
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We found the Lake Express on-line while trying to plan a driving trip through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan (trying to hit some states we'd never visited before!). We opted for the premium seats, which were nice, but not necessary on our mid-week, mid-day crossing from Milwaukee to Muskegon. On a more crowded trip, I'd say they'd be worth... More 

1 Thank Harry A
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Our family used the Lake Express as a "short-cut" from Milwaukee to Michigan during our vacation. We had concert tickets in Milwaukee on Thursday night, but wanted to see the Michigan sand dunes and Mackinac Island in a short window of time. After booking, I was nervous about waves and motion sickness from some of the review. My husband had... More 

1 Thank Kristi B
Hutchinson, Minnesota
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

This was our first time with Lake Express Ferry, we were very pleased with our experience. We choose classic cabin seats, very comfortable. We managed to acquire a table. Food menu is limited and very expensive, for example $2.50 for a bottle of water. I recommend the grapes and cheese tray, very good. My cheeseburger and my husband's bratwurst were... More 

2 Thank Diane R
Dallas, Texas
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The boat is average. Crew is nice, but snacks are lame, and there is no wi-fi. The trip is quick though, so overall, I would recommend. Great way to cross the lake fast.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

For something "different" my wife and I took the ferry from Milwaukee to MI instead of driving through Chicago/Gary. Weather was calm, and even at that, there was a constant swaying as the ship rocked in the small waves. I purchased the Premium tickets. The Premium class cabin is more quiet than the main cabin. This cabin in at the... More 

1 Thank Bob L
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97 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Departed Milwaukee with 14 family members at 12:30 PM local time. Kids loved the trip across. Plenty of food choices and at 2-1/2 hours it wasn't too long. Lots of room to move around and great places to see the sights. If you sit topside, prepare for a lot of wind! We arrived in Muskegon at 4:00 their time, and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My husband and I decided to take this ferry on our bikes as a bike vacation and tour around Muskegon from Milwaukee. First- it's expensive, more expensive if you bring a car, but even with a bike you pay a fee. Aside from that, it's only 2.5 hours (which really you could probably drive around the lake, or nearly that... More 

1 Thank BeccaMarten
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I traveled in early August, and my overall experience was enjoyable. The trip was a bit rough at first due to the winds, but after about half an hour, things began to settle. The staff members were very helpful and friendly, and I would consider taking the ferry again. My only concerns were the price of the trip and the... More 

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