Shore Excursions

Cruising the Great Lakes

Milwaukee Food & City Tours is a founding member of the Milwaukee Cruise Collaborative and the premier provider of shore excursions for ships large and small docking in Milwaukee. Accommodating 200 – 400 guests on the ships, Great Lakes cruises give passengers an intimate, luxury cruise experience, with us then providing passengers the exceptional shore excursions to match.

Our team of over 25+ tour guides, bus drivers and logistics specialists love working with large groups from cruise ships! Not only do our tour guides love Milwaukee, but they have been professionally trained and are well versed in Milwaukee history and architecture. Our team performs seamlessly when facilitating multiple tours for large groups of guests simultaneously. Our experience in understanding the mobility needs and pace of senior groups and VIP groups, while showing off the city, is vast.

Shore Services Offered

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Passengers can join a public tour offered the day the ship is in town

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Individuals or groups may arrange for a private shore excursion

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Allow us to coordinate shore excursions for the ship

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Allow us to provide assistance with transfers, luggage handling, embarking/ disembarking

Some of Our Shore Excursions

Bikes & Beer Barons

Guided Harley Davidson Museum tour highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from garage start-up to iconic global brand. Delve into Milwaukee’s legendary beer heritage then stop at Miller Brewing Company for a brew. See the family mansions of Milwaukee beer barons including a brief tour of “the home that beer built” – The Pabst Mansion. 

Milwaukee Highlights Sightseeing Tour

See the iconic white suspension bridge and Burke Brise Soleil meant to represent the sails of a Viking ship, climb to the top of the North Point Lighthouse (or stay grounded and explore their museum), and have time to souvenir shop and stroll your way through the Historic Third Ward.

Milwaukee's Greatest Hits

You haven’t seen Milwaukee until you’ve seen it through the eyes of a local! This is your chance for an action-packed 3-hour tour to visit the most randomly awesome and legendary spots that make Milwaukee famous!  Think cheese, custard, beer, Fonzie and more!

Docent-led Museum tours with transportation provided

Arrange for a private docent-led tour at one of Milwaukee’s many mansions including: 
Milwaukee Art Museum, Pabst Mansion, Grohmann Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum

Downtown Milwaukee is incredibly walkable, friendly and clean. From the Riverwalk to the Historic Third Ward, let us highlight many of the can’t-miss Milwaukee hotspots via walking tours such as Around the Ward in 90 Minutes, InstaMKE (led by a photographer) and the MKE Art Walk (led by an artist). Each end with a sweet treat and involve about 1.25 miles of low-impact walking.

Chicago Day Trips

The third-largest city in the USA, Chicago is located just 90 minutes south of Milwaukee and is waiting for your daytrip! The city boasts intriguing architecture, shopping, theatre, iconic green spaces like Millennium Park, and world-class museums such as the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. We are happy to coordinate a Chicago daytrip for you, and we are experienced in providing Madison, Racine and Kohler excursions too. 

Water Activites

Milwaukee means the “gathering of waters,” so what better way to experience the city than on the water. Allow us to coordinate and then chaueffeur you to experience a river kayaking tour, a harbor sightseeing cruise, or a unique river drinking excursion to sample Milwaukee’s rich brewing heritage.

Make It, Take It

Allow us to schedule a hands-on experience for your group while in Milwaukee! Mold your own cheesehead takeaway item, prepare your very own cannoli, attend a chocolate and beer pairing class, or create a craft such as a wool heart ornament or knit flower necklace at an area quilting museum.

Private Shore Excursions

Looking for a more intimate excursion? Give us a call at 262-853-5239. Private tours can be arranged on any of our tour options. You just tell us when you plan to dock, and we’ll handle the rest. 

We Want to Make it as Easy as Possible

We do not ask for a deposit or signed contract, who else can say that? Just follow these three easy steps.

  1. Fill out our tour request form below with as many details as possible.
  2. We will contact you to confirm your booking. At this time, we ask you provide your tentative head count so we can confirm reservations with your selected locations.
  3. Five days prior to your tour date we will need a final head count, list of any allergies or dietary restrictions, and payment via credit card or check. Payment (cash, check, credit card) is due by the beginning of the tour.
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