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Milwaukee Boat Line

Open Now: 10:30 - 20:00
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Milwaukee Boat Line
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  • Average11%
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Welcome to the home of the IROQUOIS, VOYAGEUR, & VISTA KING, Milwaukee's favorite double-decker excursion vessels approved to cruise on the Milwaukee River, Harbor AND Lake Michigan. Milwaukee Boat Line continues a fifty-plus year tradition of...more
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101 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2903
+1 414-294-9450
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I was a bit hesitant to use this tour as their fleet is old and shows the age, but the river boat tour company I had used in the past was closed on Monday. Since this was the only day available for my out of...More

4  Thank Becky W
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 September 2011

Pre-ordered tickets for two cruises, claimed they'd be at will-call. Showed up, dirty looking woman said they weren't there, couldnt be bothered to check the computer or anything , acted like it was MY problem THEY couldn't find my tickets!

2  Thank twhiting9275
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun tour of Milwaukee on the water. This was definitely cold—the last tour of the season but well worth it. This is a great way to see the city, renovated quarters, building, and lake sights. For the trip (1.5-2 hours) it was a reasonable cost...More

Thank LobsterLover6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I happened to be on the last boat ride of their season and there weren't many people on it, so maybe the crew was just tired of the whole thing. I expected a narrated ride for at least most of the ride, but they really...More

Thank Diedre C
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Awesome trip on a chilly and overcast day! Our family enjoyed this trip from start to finish. Wonderful narration about the city of Milwaukee. We learned many things we didn't know and no matter what the weather the skyline view never disappoints. We would recommend...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

You board the boat downtown in the 3rd ward and there is plenty of parking. The boat was comfortable with plenty of the resin deck chairs and benches. They have enclosed seating areas, covered decks and sun decks so you have plenty of options to...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 19 August 2018

If I hadn't just taken the Chicago architectureal boat tour, I would have thought this one was very good. This one was not as interesting and shorter, but it did go out into the harbor to give a good view of the city and the...More

1  Thank Jeanne M
Reviewed 16 August 2018

It was a nice way to get information about the buildings on the Riverwalk. Our narrator gave us good information about the history and architecture of the buildings. Tour was just about the right length of time. It was nice that you could go inside...More

1  Thank Donna B
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We have a great time on our cruise. We were able to take our dog with us. It was a day of high waves on Lake Michigan, so we didn't get to spend much time out there. But the rest of the tour was great...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2018

I love a good boat ride. Anytime I visit someplace new, if they have a large river, lake, or both, I inquire quickly to see if boat rides are available. While in Milwaukee, I felt confident they would have boating excursions, given the vastness of...More

1  Thank Great_Beer_Now
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We did the happy hour cruise which was $20 pp with option to buy two drinks up front for $7 pp. $3.50 a drink is a pretty good deal considering it offers Lakefront Brewery on tap and a couple different mixed drinks (pre-mixed versions of...More

Thank sunhead
Reviewed 20 July 2018

We took the noon tour on the Milwaukee River. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to hear. The boat had covered and out on the deck seating. This came in handy, as the cool breezes and the warm sun had us changing seats on...More

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Lynne T
5 September 2016|
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Response from mrscold | Reviewed this property |
There is no inexpensive way. The high speed ferry is very pricey, especially if you are taking a car. (That one runs out of Milwaukee). The other option is the USS Badger, which runs about 2 hours north of Milwaukee out of... More