The 10 Best Boat Tours in Wisconsin! By
What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than by taking a boat tour? With each of these fantastic boat tours in Wisconsin, you’ll see things you never imagined: shipwrecks, a gorgeous sunset over the water, a post-World War II-era fireboat, and so much more! You’ll also see lighthouses, caves, and wildlife. Here are the best boat tours in the state.
Dells Boat Tours is where your adventure begins this summer. Enjoy and experience the natural beauty, wonder and mystery that is the Wisconsin Dells. Enjoy tours of the Upper and Lower Dells, which takes you past iconic sandstone formations like Chimney Rock, Blackhawk’s Profile and Romance Cliff, and in the Lower Dells, visitors can see the Baby Grand Piano and the awe-inspiring Rocky Islands. Learn about the infamous Chief Yellow Thunder and the citizens of the Lost City of Newport.
For all the birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts out there, this one is for you! Discover the beauty and natural wonders of the largest, freshwater cattail marsh in the United States with Horicon Marsh Boat Tours. Horicon Marsh Boat Tours has been a family owned business since 1963 and has been providing visitors with an unforgettable experience and more knowledge than they could possibly have imagined about the Horicon Marsh. What makes this unique is that the boat itself is designed to minimize emissions and conserve fuel and operates at low speed to prevent damage to the marshlands.
Edelweiss Boat Tours is Milwaukee’s premiere cruise company, featuring the largest variety of tours in the area. Each of their vessels feature outdoor viewing decks, restrooms, interior bars and enclosed cabins for any type of weather. Take the Historic Milwaukee Boat Tour which travels through downtown Milwaukee, past historic landmarks, and reveals incredible, one of a kind views of the Milwaukee skyline. The tour focuses on architectural treasures, famous locals, river sculptures, and local businesses.
Enjoy a narrated, guided tour this summer and see sights such as Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Peninsula State Park, Millionaire’s Row, and the many islands, bluffs, and beaches that surround Door County. Most popular tours are the Millionaire’s Row, which features views of the most preferred addresses and historical homes for the past 100 years, and the Peninsula Park and Ephraim North Cruise where visitors can get up close and personal with Eagle Cave and photograph the natural carving of the Indian Head in the towering cliffs above.
Take a ride on the historic “Fred A. Busse” fireboat this summer. The Busse was built in the late 1930s and was constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II. Choose from the following tours: Morning/Afternoon Cruise, Sunset/Cocktail Cruise, Special Events, and Live Music tours. Each cruise or tour is family oriented, with games and prizes and a chance to shoot the actual firehose on board! Pets are also welcome to join in on the fun!
You’ve never seen the Door County Peninsula quite like this before! Shoreline Scenic Cruises and Charters is the first and original tour boat company in Door County, and provides visitors with breathtaking views of The Peninsula, from islands, to lighthouses, even pieces of ships that wrecked in the early 1800s! Each of the boats are licensed Coast Guard passenger vessels, and there are two different tours to choose from: Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise which takes visitors around the Cana Island and historic Bird Cage Lighthouse, or the Deaths Door Lighthouses, Islands and Shipwreck Cruise in which visitors can get up close and personal with sites such as a historic Coast Guard Station, and a shipwreck from 1867!
Wisconsin River Cruises began in the late 1980s and started as a 55-foot, single deck pontoon boat. After a few years of rapid growth and growing interest, the boat became a 76-foot excursion boat known as the Wilderness Queen and provides visitors and locals alike with the finest sightseeing experience in the Northwoods’. Enjoy spectacular views of the Wisconsin River and remember to bring your binoculars and camera to you don’t miss the loons, deer, ducks, otters and turtles!
Good Earth Outfitters was formed to provide ‘environmentally friendly’ boats tours in and around the Apostle Islands. Captain Mike has over 35 years of boating experience and has held a USCG Capitan’s license for over 20 years and is dedicated to providing customers with a one of kind boat tour. Tours run from mid-May through mid-October, weather permitting, and visitors can choose from the following tours: Mainland Sea Caves Powerboat Tour, Sand Island Adventure Tour, Raspberry Island Adventure Tour, Private Sunset Tour, or a Custom Water Taxi Adventure.
If you’re looking for something totally unique when it comes to boat tours, or if you’ve ever wanted to ride aboard a one of kind, vintage World War II-era DUCK craft, Dells Army Ducks is the place to go this summer! The Ducks have been one of Wisconsin Dells’ most popular attraction for over 70 years and provide a one of a kind experience. Visit the Grotto Island, Twin Ink Stands, Sugar Bowl and Lone Rock formations or splash down Lake Delton and traverse the Dell Creek.
Have you ever wondered what a glacier made spring fed lake looks like? Come explore Lake Geneva with Lake Geneva Boat Tours and see this beautiful, enchanting nature made sight. Choose from one of the following tours and feel your mind expand and your imagination wander as you imagine what the world looked like in the early days: Black Pointe Estate, Geneva Bay Tour, Full Lake Tour, U.S. Mailboat Tour, Expanded Bay Tour, and during the Christmas season, the Santa Cruise!