Great Lakes Museum offers history cruise this summer

A cruise along the banks of the Maumee River sounds like a beautiful way to spend a summer day. But you know what would make it even better? Getting history lessons along the way! No, really, it’s way more fascinating than it sounds.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced that it is once again working with J&M Cruise Lines’ The Sandpiper tour boat to present “Ship & Shore: The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day.” Attendees who purchase a ticket will get access to the National Museum all day, including all the exhibits, a tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker ship and the Museum Tug Ohio.

The main attraction, however, is a mid-day trip on The Sandpiper, leaving from the museum docks for a journey along the Maumee River. As they take their trip, visitors can use QR codes to see vintage images and learn information about locations on their journey, as well as accessing the museum’s “Port of Toledo: Then and Now” exhibit.

“Ship & Shore: The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day” is only available three Saturdays all summer— June 11, July 9 and August 13, and any interested parties must purchase tickets in advance. Admission is $40 for adults and $25 for children; members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes or the Great Lakes Historical Society can get discounted tickets— $25 for adults or $12 for children. Kids 2 and under are free.

For more information, visit nmgl.org.