The Perfect Sunday on the Water with Milwaukee Boat Line

It’s no surprise to anyone who keeps up with me or knows me in the slightest that I love Lake Michigan, or any of the great lakes for that matter. On the last weekend of August, my mother and I spent a perfect Sunday on the water with Milwaukee Boat Line. Milwaukee Boat Line does various sightseeing tours on the architecture and history of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s an hour and a half tour down the river and into Lake Michigan, and you really get to know the history and evolution of this city.

Milwaukee Boat Line offers several different vessels to experience. We hopped aboard the Vista King: a double decker boat that’s the largest tour vessel in Milwaukee! We opted to sit right up front, and only after my mother got a margarita. Yes, they serve delicious cocktails on board! You can get one before the tour begins, and there’s also a break in the middle to enjoy the lake (or get your first [or second[ cocktail). She got a traditional margarita, strong and true for $5! She was happy, and I was [mildly] regretful on not getting one. Oops!

Without giving away the precious secrets of the Milwaukee Boat Tour, I will show some of my favorite parts.

On this tour, you will see and learn about several of Milwaukee’s movable bridges, such as the one pictured above. Living on Lake Michigan, I’ve seen these types of bridges my entire life. This specific bridge is a low-energy bridge, operated mostly by using gravity. Yay for going green, Milwaukee!

Speaking of going green… The Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1906, here operates on SOLAR POWER. Yes. Yes. 100% YES. Who’s doing a happy dance with me!?

You may have heard one of Milwaukee’s popular nicknames… “Cream City.” Ever wondered why? This building pictured above, Pritzlaff building, is built with cream bricks! Many older buildings in Milwaukee were made with this brick. You’ll learn more juicy details about Cream City, and more about the background of this Pritzlaff building.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Miranda Knudtson | Travel Blog (@mirandaknudtson) on

Plus, you can’t forget about getting a gorgeous view of the popular Hoan Bridge! Pro Tip: Get a good spot up front to take pictures! I just love the look of this iconic bridge: a Milwaukee Wisconsin staple!

Have the perfect sunday floating along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee Wisconsin learning about history and architecture on Milwaukee Boat Line.

Thanks to Visit Milwaukee for inviting me! All opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.


  1. Gorgeous photos! My daughter and I were just in Milwaukee and we’ll DEFINITELY have to check this out next time. We ended up sailing on the Denis Sullivan (which was AMAZING), so doing something like this on our next trip will be a different kind of adventure.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.