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Address: Wenonah Park, Bay City, MI 48708
Phone Number: +1 989-895-5193
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Schooner Appledore IV sails on public excursions, private charters,...

The Schooner Appledore IV sails on public excursions, private charters, group tours, K-12 education programs, corporate team building, dinner cruises, and stargazer sails on the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. All sails depart from downtown Bay City. Sail with us and experience beautiful Lake Huron from the deck of an 85ft. Tall Ship. Space is limited. Reservations required.

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Give me a tall ship and s star to steer her by

Ok, so I didn't get to steer, we did have an amazing time. It was COLD (for July) so I was glad I brought layers including a windbreaker. We went out for a sunset cruise as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 16, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Ok, so I didn't get to steer, we did have an amazing time. It was COLD (for July) so I was glad I brought layers including a windbreaker. We went out for a sunset cruise as clouds threatened and spit rain. We sailed the Appledore V, and the crew was fun and professional. The captain was quietly competent. I enjoyed... More 

Thank cardinal988
Melvindale, Michigan
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Was disappointed in how they advertise the event. Dinner cruise consisted of 2 barbecue sandwiches and sides that is NOT a dinner pay $100 could had went the night before for the barbecue for 45. I think we had left over from night before they sandwiches was awful . Cash bar also advertise but was told can't serve alcohol on... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

What a relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon. The ship's captain and Kevin and the rest of the crew did everything they could to make sure your afternoon was enjoyable. We heard some Bay City and Saginaw Bay history and then sailed out to Lake Huron. It was very peaceful and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it. Bring some... More 

1 Thank rebelyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time sailing on the Appledore in Bay City. Great for all ages. They are informative and friendly. The lunch that was provided was very good (sandwich, chips, cookie and drink). There is even a moment when you can help the crew raise the sails. Highly recommend and we would gladly go again!

2 Thank Joann B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2015

Hot Chicken and Rice served on your lap to the tune of a Sailor Chantey. Froze my butt off on a late night sail out to the Bay in Choppy waters. Great Crew and Captain almost kept our minds off the sea spray soaked seats and the choppy water with the bow dipping and moving up and down. A real... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2015

With all of the choices for sunset sails in Key West you need to pick the one that fits you best. Luckily we chose the Appledore IV. It is one of the smaller vessels but for the price you get unlimited beer and wine, crudite, fruit & cheese and peel and eat shrimp. The crew works hard to make sure... More 

3 Thank Robin F
Papillion, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014

Had a great time on the Fall Color cruise. Despite the cold, the crew made it fun and interesting. We enjoyed meeting the other guests....some retired navy vets and their wives really made it fun and memorable. The chili, cornbread and hot apple cider was a nice touch as we cruised along the river. We were grateful for the quilts... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2014

went on the fall color tour. it was a sail (sort-of) up the Saginaw river. they served chili cornbread and apple cider all of which was good. if you are a social butterfly this is the trip for you......lots of chatting among the guests so time didn't drag. the crew was friendly and talkative. as for the fall colors.....not much... More 

1 Thank c g
Canton, Michigan
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We went on the dinner cruise and were pleasantly surprised. The dinner was terrible, but the voyage was outstanding and we had a Celtic band on the boat that made it a perfect night! One on our best times!

1 Thank Joe S
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014

Despite the rain, we had an enjoyable time on the Appeldore (the family ecology sail) with our 11 year old son. The sail engages kids in learning about (and caring about) their environment all while experiencing raising sails and taking part in sailing. The ship is open for kids to explore, and climbing the ladder and checking out the bunks... More 

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