S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia

S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia

S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia
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Historic SitesShipsHistory Museums
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JenG1234
Waterford, MI402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The S.S. Milwaukee has a guided tour that starts at the top of every hour and ran about 45 minutes. It walks you through a good portion of the ship and gives you a bunch of history of the rail car crossings across Lake Michigan. You can actually stay aboard this ship and live like you're in the 1930's era. This isn't something that we did.

The Coast Guard ship Acacia which is moored next to the Milwaukee can be toured as well, however, it is a self guided tour and there are quite a few areas you can't go into, like the engine room or any of the state rooms, officer areas, bridge, etc. It is pretty neat though to see how the ship is set up as it was only decommissioned in 2006, so it's got a lot of modern equipment compared to what's on the SS Milwaukee.

Prices were fairly reasonable for the tour of the two ships. It took about 2 hours for use to tour both ships and peruse the gift shop. It was a fun and interesting time and I would recommend to others who want a fun but not overly time consuming activity.

There is quite a bit of walking involved in the tour and lots of step climbing. So those who find these tasks challenging might have issues with the tours.
Written August 19, 2022
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Glad to hear you had such a great time!
Written August 21, 2022
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garyo739
Plymouth, United States12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This tour of the old rail ferry is truly a bargain. Authentic period steamer that has one of the best planned guided tours I've ever been on. If you spend any time in Manistee you must visit this museum.
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you for the kind review! Our tour guides strive to be as informative as possible.
Written September 6, 2021
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Linda M
Midwest20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This guided tour was very interesting. The tour guide was extremely informative and knowledgable. There is a lot of history wrapped up on this remaining car ferry---cars, as in rail cars, not automobiles. Maritime, rail, and history buffs will appreciate this boat, as a sample of the many car ferries that once plied Lake Michigan, hauling iron ore, among other commodities, across the Lake. They were critical to this country’s massive and successful manufacturing ability during World War II.

There are a number of stairs to climb up and down, but the tour guide allowed plenty of time for the senior citizens in our group to negotiate the stairs. There are places to occasionally sit down, too, if you need to do so from time to time.

You will see the engine room, crew quarters including the captain’s and officer’s quarters, the rear wheelhouse, the wheelhouse, decks, passengers’ quarters, the kitchen, various dining rooms for crew, officers, and passengers, and of course, the ferry’s cargo area with rail tracks intact yet, and a few railcars on the tracks. (Sorry that I don’t know the official name for this area).

I believe that the tour lasted somewhat longer than an hour. I lost track of time because it was so interesting, and it cost only $7 for adults. The adults and children on our particular tour all seemed to enjoy the S.S. City of Milwaukee very much, and I would recommend it if you are in the area.
Written August 12, 2012
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MartyManistee
Manistee14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
I stayed on the Milwaukee for a night with my 9 year old son. We both enjoyed a tour of the boat and then exploring with him the different rooms and common areas. He was absolutely mesmerized with the history and appearance of the boat. We played games in the passenger lounge, talked with other guests, and slept well in the bunk beds. Much of the boat is in need of repainting and touch-ups but it seems there is a great group of volunteers and staff that are doing this as they can. Everyone that worked at the Milwaukee was very friendly and helpful. This was a unique experience.
Written August 11, 2012
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KMo
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
My husband and I stayed aboard the SS City of Milwaukee overnight for our 34th anniversary this past weekend. IT WAS GREAT! Super cozy little double bed room aboard this old ferry which has a loads of charm with its old wood interior and 1930's decor in the main rooms. We had the entire ship to ourselves as it turned out (a Sunday night) and Linda, our host, was super - made sure we had everything we needed and had a lovely Continental breakfast waiting us in the morning. At $35 per person, it was a STEAL! It could not have been a lovelier evening as we sat out on deck to enjoy the early June weather, went to town for a meal, returned in a downpour which cleared just as we approached the ship and a DOUBLE RAINBOW! over Manistee Lake. Incredible! The bed was very comfy, the room perfect temp with the window open a bit for a nice breeze,shared bathroom down the hall was absolutely perfect - easy to access and see down the hall at night. There was nothing not to love about our stay and we will return. We have already talked to friends about a group of going to stay overnight for a little reunion! Can't wait to return!
Written June 6, 2016
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Thank you for the kind words. Linda, our General Manage, enjoyed your company. We hope to see you again!
Written July 10, 2016
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Donald S
Wellston56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011
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 ask questions, you get an ever greater tour. Well worth it.
Written September 24, 2012
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anrobins
Marshall, MI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I took my six year old and three year old boys. Both really enjoyed the tour. It was guided and we were able to see many places on the ship that other ship tours do not allow one to see. It was a fascinating piece of Great Lakes maritime history.
Written August 9, 2010
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Gavvin K
Oakland, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Moored at the shore of Lake Manistee, this huge floating museum takes you back to the turn of the last century when heavy industry made Michigan lakeside towns wealthy. The tour was narrated superbly, and the ship was truly impressive!
Written December 11, 2016
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John H
Colorado Springs, CO26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
The staff is very kind and thoughtful. The ship is larger than I thought it would be. It is very clean. Heavy wooden paneling. Very Special. Highly recommend for something different.
Written July 15, 2016
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Mike B
Denver, CO33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
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 he will share his wonderful knowledge as a former "Wheelman" aboard these and the amazing crews that worked them. You can rent the staterooms for $30 per night w/continental breakfast and lounge on the "way cool" elevated forward decks with a view over the inland lake.
Written August 16, 2015
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