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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
Phone Number: +1 920-495-6454
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Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was...

Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 and is similar to two other fire fighting vessels, the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill, constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II.

It served the Chicago Fire Department for many years and now houses a small museum dedicated to Chicago’s firefighting efforts.

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This was a great family outing. The crew was very engaged with us and had the whole family participating from shooting the fire hoses to dancing with the fire dog!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
lisaapetersen49
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Kalona, Iowa
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Kalona, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great family outing. The crew was very engaged with us and had the whole family participating from shooting the fire hoses to dancing with the fire dog!

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Columbus, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was a nice little boat ride and very family friendly(and dogs too). glad we chose the sunset cruise time we lucked out and had a beautiful sunset! Drinks are available but in no way was this a "booze cruise" type thing. It was relaxing and when not telling the history of the lighthouse and boat yard there was fun music... More 

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Lismore, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the kids on the sunset cruise. Had a great time! The owners are wonderful! Definitely a kid friendly trip. Well worth it!

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Thank mindyjk
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great ride while enjoying the fabulous scenery on this 90 minute excursion. Very relaxing. Crew was very attentive. Although a little pricey felt it was well worth it.

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Thank lovtwotrvl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Sturgeon Bay for years, but always missed this gem. It did not disappoint. Very friendly crew, clean accommodations, beautiful scenery, interesting narration, and wonderfully family friendly. Kids really enjoyed holding the fire hose. It's quite interesting to go under the open Madison Street Bridge. A little pricy, but a good weather day makes it worth it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my 6th time on this boat and I'm still excited about it. This cruise brings you out in the lake where you can see the beautiful sunset and surrounded by a bunch of amazing people everytime I'm out here. Not to mention the bar in the boat where they serve excellent beverages. Also I'll always see a Dalmatian... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Took the trip with 6 adults and 4 young children. Very family friendly crew. Activities for the kids were great. Adults enjoyed the informational narrative. Great space to move around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Good scenic tour of the canal in sturgeon bay. We went both directions to see the light house, then went ent under the Steel Bridge and saw the ship building from the water side. Really liked the trip.

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This tour was great. Good activity to do with kids. Boat was smooth and clean. Crew worked hard to make sure everyone had a good time. I'm giving them 4 instead of 5 due to the incredible markup on food.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This cruise takes you thru the Sturgeon Bay canal out to Lake Michigan turns around and comes back. Music is played and every now and then facts about the waters, lighthouses, etc were told. We had a treat in an extended cruise past the ship yards. I've never seen them before. Rick the captain is experienced so no worries if... More 

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