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Ride The Fireboat

120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
+1 920-495-6454
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Really Nice

Younger local couple owns and operates this tour boat and they really put their hearts into it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waterford, Wisconsin
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So much fun!

We had a great time on the boat ride during our girls trip! Bar was available, as well as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
+1 920-495-6454
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Younger local couple owns and operates this tour boat and they really put their hearts into it. Super nice, hard working folks. So much nicer than some corporate owned you know what. Full bar onboard. Food. Wife works hard to entertain the young ones. Museum...More

Thank Riverboat_Sam1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time on the boat ride during our girls trip! Bar was available, as well as kid/family friendly snacks and drinks. We loved that they shared information about the area and the different things we saw along the way. The scenery was...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family of five had a great time. Dealt with some rain but that didn't prevent the fun. Great staff - personable and professional! Scenic tour that lasts the full time. Highly recommend.

Thank MATT G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What fun to take a boat tour in Door County on an historic fire boat! Really enjoyed this and so glad we chose this activity! The couple that own the boat were wonderful tour guides. Along with enjoying the beautiful views of Sturgeon Bay, the...More

Thank DianneK-WI
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The last thing we did while in Sturgeon bay wish we would have did it on the first day, went on the sunset tour, the scenery was unbelievable, the husband and wife that own and operate the boat are fantastic, the narrative tour was great...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

FABULOUS had a great time and mother nature came through with awesome sunset. Staff was great. Highly recommended. Wonderful way to see the bay.Really you need to go! It was the frosting on our trip.

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

10 girls ages 59-65 were GREATLY impressed with the Ride the Fireboat .I say girls because at our age we do not consider ourselves OLD so this is a great trip for anyone ages 3-80+you can even take a baby on here, so safe, nothing...More

Thank 440rt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely enjoyable and relaxing boat ride. Great narration of sites and fun for the kids. Definitely worth doing.

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Fun ride. 1.5 hours. Not a lot too see except the Ship / Boat building area. Also the lighthouse at the end of the trip where you turn around. Roomy with restrooms & bar onboard. Kid games during the trip. Worth the fare.

Thank Dave A
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Old Chicago fireboat with great history. Nicely outfitted for a scenic tour of Sturgeon Bay. Well worth the money.

Thank OldBob22
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27 July 2017|
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Response from Angel-Ricky | Property representative |
Yes, 2 actually.
Thomas R
27 August 2016|
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Response from Ridethefireboat | Property representative |
No charge for the pups- hope to see you and your furry family onboard!