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Address: 101 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone Number:
+1 414-294-9450
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:30 - 16:00
Mon 10:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:00

Welcome to the home of the IROQUOIS, VOYAGEUR, & VISTA KING,...

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 celebrating the beauty and charm of Milwaukee.

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Lovely sightseeing cruise!

We drove up to Milwaukee for a sightseeing boat cruise on the Vista King. We bought tickets for the 4:00 boat but made it to the area by 2pm. They let us exchange the tickets so... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We drove up to Milwaukee for a sightseeing boat cruise on the Vista King. We bought tickets for the 4:00 boat but made it to the area by 2pm. They let us exchange the tickets so we could go on the earlier boat ride. We had a lovely sightseeing experience on both the river and then out onto the lake... More 

Thank snickes
Trenton, New Jersey
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189 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The deal is... a 90 minute cruise to the lake with 3 drinks included. The cruise itself was enjoyable, you go under a few bridges that need to be raised, visit the port and see a few ships and facilities and follow the breakwater to the marina and enter/exit the marina to return home. Boarding the ship is easy and... More 

Thank Barry M
Port Washington, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Greatly enjoyed our Sunday boat cruise. I grew up in Milwaukee and never thought that there was more to Milwaukee. I found the cruise very interesting - seeing Milwaukee from a completely different vantage point. I was surprised that we went outside of the breakwater and came back in by the Art Center. Informative: YES Relaxing: Yes Parking: right next... More 

Thank Portperson
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

First of all we never did find the designated parking lot. Poor directions and the wrong address given. Bathrooms were not clean and no toilet paper! Strong smell of diesel fuel and sewage from the lake and sewage processing plant. Could have given much more history of Milwaukee. It was nice being out on the water, enjoyed the lake part... More 

Thank MB391644
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Two couples in town for weekend chose the boat tour one afternoon. It was relaxing and informative. The boat was clean and quiet. Alcoholic and soft drinks were very reasonably priced. A pleasant surprise was riding into the big lake and through a marina.

Thank L2231NEscottp
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We actually live on the river but wanted to take the tour so we could learn more about the city along the shoreline Our guide was good at reading a script and naming the buildings but we learned nothing that would help us to know the heart and uniqueness of Milwaukee. We had expected to learn more history and lore.... More 

1 Thank judyzachkap
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We went on the sold out boat ride and we had a good time. I thought it was a tour but I didn't hear anything regarding what each thing was that we saw. There were only two people serving drinks and brats and it took so long to get them. We ended up getting the brat almost to the time... More 

1 Thank Gaby M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Went on an afternoon tour and chose to sit on the lower deck in the back section. The views were good and the open windows allowed for a warm breeze. Unfortunately, we heard maybe 25% of the guide's descriptions. The motor was loud and the speaker was not clear - very disappointing. You will be happy with service and the... More 

1 Thank PamfromMilw
Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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118 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We booked a city cruise as an activity for visiting family members. We were really impressed with the amount of interesting information about the city and its architecture from our guide, Leif. The cruise was a nice pace, lasting about 90 minutes. The city was showcased nicely and the information presented gave us ideas of other things to do, places... More 

1 Thank Hcwi
Las Vegas, Nevada
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Nice leisurely cruise down the river with narration about the historic buildings. Cruise diverted 2 times to go past temporary sights to see. Drinks and snacks available. Great way to spend a couple of hours!

1 Thank Alan K

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