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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
Phone Number: +1 920-495-6454
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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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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Fun and informative too

I was on the tour with a bus trip, so we primarily took over the boat. But I can see children having a good time too. Crew was very helpful and easy to talk too. All around... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I was on the tour with a bus trip, so we primarily took over the boat. But I can see children having a good time too. Crew was very helpful and easy to talk too. All around good time for everyone. Great narration. Helpful and nice crew. Good time for everyone. I recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

A bus group of mainly seniors enjoyed box lunches on the 10:30 trip. A great 1 1/2 hr trip with narration. Owners vet accommodating and helpful. Highly recommend this trip to enjoy the Door Bay.

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Thank Debbie G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The boat ride was nice however there were a group of people smoking cigarettes on the boat with the dock hand conversing with them and he didn't care. Even though it's not a confined place, it still smelled and there were children around. Very unpleasant and rude. There weren't some no smoking signs that obviously the dock hand didn't care... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We rode the sunset cruise with a group of 11 people, adult/kid mix. It was perfect, exactly what we were looking for, amazing views, nice cruise, drinks offered and kids activities as well. They were very accommodating, had a reservation but needed to change the night last minute due to predicted weather. Plus we arrived just as they were about... More 

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Kalona, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 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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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 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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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 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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