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Address: 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-3416
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+1 920-495-6454
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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Recently took the Ride The Fireboat with a couple friends. I would highly recommend this tour. The scenery was beautiful, the narration was very informative, and the crew really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peggy K
Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently took the Ride The Fireboat with a couple friends. I would highly recommend this tour. The scenery was beautiful, the narration was very informative, and the crew really made this tour fun!!! They spent time with us answering our questions on the history of the Fireboat. They did some fun activities with the fire hose and with a dancing... More 

Thank Peggy K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Maritime Museum on the day people pay homage to their mothers and also planned on doing the Ride the Fireboat excursion. I had originally planned on getting on the boat first at 10:30am to see the canal or shipyard, depending on weather conditions, but they only had one excursion at 12:30 pm. I was quite nervous there may... More 

Thank Tigerman777
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 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.

Thank sallyas1
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 31 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.

1 Thank Debbie G
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 31 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 

2 Thank Lindsey M
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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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 

Thank mstravel1234
Kalona, Iowa
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5 reviews
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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!

Thank lisaapetersen49
Columbus, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
Reviewed 24 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 

Thank dbldee3
Lismore, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 21 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!

Thank mindyjk
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 17 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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