Educational Tours and Group Visits

The USCG Mackinaw WAGB 83 is a 290’ Icebreaker that will give your group a tour experience like no other. Let us show you why our motto is “We Move Ships When No One Else Can”!

Our Educational Tours are specifically designed for school groups. We offer hands-on activities at various stations around the ship where you will learn about ice-breaking, knot tying, maritime history, seamanship and much more. Each tour is customized to fit your group’s specifications as well as your allotted time frame and the weather. Your tour may include stations specifically designed to teach about:

  • Communication (signal flags)
  • Life aboard the Mackinaw (USCG life)
  • Knot Tying (seamanship)
  • Dress (jobs on board, safety)
  • Bridge/Conning Tower (navigation and ice-breaking)
  • Monkey Fist (seamanship)
    *Due to the specific scheduling of group tours, we stress a punctual arrival. Tours are expected to last approximately 1.5 hours. Porta-potties are located on the dock. As the main group will be split into sub-groups we ask that chaperones are available to escort each sub-group. Each sub-group will be limited to approximately 12 people.

Overnight Program

Looking for an exciting and educational opportunity for your troop or group?

Want to be involved in a worthwhile community service project?

Interested in a one-of-a-kind sleep aboard experience?

Ready for an experience your troop or group won’t soon forget?

If so, come and tour, work and sleep aboard the Icebreaker Mackinaw and experience six decades of maritime history! Once considered one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, aboard the “Queen of the Great Lakes” you can see the bridge, engine room, Captain’s quarters, mess deck, crew’s quarters and much, much more.

Visit Overnight Program page for more details.