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Review of Ride The Fireboat

Ride The Fireboat
Ranked #2 of 16 Tours in Sturgeon Bay
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

My wife, brother. his wife & I wanted to take a little boat tour of the area, the Fireboat Cruise worked well for us.

They are located outside of the Door County Maritime Museum. You pay right at the boat (they accept credit cards) and then board. There is seating for about 20 in the front of the captain's cabin and a covered deck area for about 60 (I'm guessing) in the rear area. There is no area that is completely enclosed and out of the elements, so plan accordingly. The seating were benches and plastic deck chairs.

It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed the entire 1 1/2 hour trip in the front. They have two tours; we went from the harbor west toward Greenbay Bay to Sherwood Point Lighthouse. The tour commentary was interesting -- telling some local history and info about the ship building and yacht building businesses, area bridges, area parks and the bay. The fireboat part is pretty lame as they bring out a hose and run water through the hose into the bay. Little kids enjoyed holding the fire hose, but it was otherwise not much. So don't expect a big fire boat show. The staff were very relaxed and friendly. There are drinks and snacks on board for purchase.

We had a relaxing ride that was exactly 1 1/2 hours and a nice way to spend part of the afternoon.

1  Thank wyldeoak
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This is a very nice boat ride along the shore line. They take you down to the light house and back. There is snacks and drinks you can buy. They let you spray the firehose. A nice little trip for the whole family.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

It was a hot day but saw beautiful and interesting sites. Kids on the boat enjoyed the water hose. Beautiful history told and viewed on boat.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

My family and I had a wonderful time on the Fire Boat! I have an almost 2 year old and a 4 year old and they enjoyed it very much. 90 minutes is the perfect amount of time to keep their attention. Sturgeon Bay was just beautiful and they imparted very interesting information about the history and industries of the bay. The crew was so friendly and they have a great little snack bar where they made me one of the best Bloody Mary's I have ever had. Don't miss this! Especially great if you are staying at the Bridgeport Resort since it is just across the street.

2  Thank truemeissa
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