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Address: 99 Arthur St # (US31, Manistee, MI 49660-1101
Phone Number: +1 231-723-3587
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This preserved Lake Michigan car ferry offers tours in the spring,and...

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.

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Thorough, Reasonably-Priced Guided Tour

I've toured "retired" ships in the past (most recently a Coast Guard Ice Breaker and a 550' Great Lakes freighter); but those were self-guided tours -- with an occasional human... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tgw51
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've toured "retired" ships in the past (most recently a Coast Guard Ice Breaker and a 550' Great Lakes freighter); but those were self-guided tours -- with an occasional human being stationed near a point of interest to answer questions. This was a very different experience. For roughly the same price of admission as I'd previously paid for those self-guided... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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3 Thank John H
Michigan
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely stay on the SS Cleveland an old car/passenger ferry which has been turned into a floating hotel. While things are rustic...shared bath..no ac....etc..the charm of this place cannot be beat. We enjoyed lounging in the interior sitting rooms... Beautiful woodwork throughout the area...We had a nice double room and continental breakfast. Staff very friendly....Linda who also... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Driving in I could see the ships in the harbor. But when I tried to find my way in I was met with "Private Property" signs. Had to park 3 blocks away in a hotel parking lot and walk up. It was not for older people or children... it appears they want visitors, but they don't make it easy for... More 

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Thank mmareci
Robert S, Manager at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, responded to this review

Sorry for your poor experience. It appears you attempted to come in through the condo property to the north of us. This is privately owned property and they do not allow access to our parking area, which has a signed entrance at the south edge of the property. Also you may have come when we are closed, as our gift... More 

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

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... More 

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Robert S, Manager at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. Linda, our General Manage, enjoyed your company. We hope to see you again! More 

Manistee, Michigan
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

as you go around the corner you see this boat I won't lie it isn't the best looking thing around and I'm sure the condo people enjoy seeing it there but they do offer tours to learn the history of the Milwaukee and in October they turn it into a ghost ship depending on the volunteers it's either fun or... More 

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Thank Chad L
Robert S, Manager at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are in the process of having the ship repainted, but as we largely use volunteer help to do most of the work on the ships some projects take a little more time to complete. We strive to keep our popular GhostShip 'kid friendly' to broaden it's appeal, so it may be a bit tamer... More 

Manistee, Michigan
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

This ship is a phenomenal piece of maritime history and like a museum on water. It should be kept cleaner. The tours are well done. There should not be a gift shop. It feels inappropriate. Although it sits in a fine spot in a safe area, it would be more fitting somewhere it actually saw service. The tour guide Bob... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I took a trip to Manistee, MI back during the summer of 2012. My family had just finished building a vacation home up there and we were looking for something to do. They had been around Manistee for a while and knew of a couple things to do for fun; while we were there we decided to take the tour... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My wife and I were part of a 38 person group tour which visited Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario Canada from August 10 through 22. We visited the City of Milwaukee August 21, and while the tour of the ship was informative, the visitor's rest rooms were -- in a word -- filthily. This shrine to maritime transportation on... More 

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Monmouth, il
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What an awesome experience ! ! Getting to stay in the staterooms and sit on the top decks and relax as the sun sets...wonderful . But the most amazing part is waking up to the sun dawning over the water and into your room, taking a cup of coffee and sitting uo top and enjoying the sunrise . The ship... More 

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