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Boston Duck Tour

Alicia and me on a Boston Duck Tour!

Boston Duck Tour Excursion

I went on a Boston Duck Tour with Alicia, Cambridge.com’s Editor-in-Chief. It was raining but sometimes rain equals more fun. This was one of those days…

The Duck Tours are given on World War II style amphibious vehicles (Want to see more before you go? Click here for a terrific book on the Boston Duck Tours). The tours leaving from The Prudential Center and The Museum of Science are 80 minutes and the tours leaving from the New England Aquarium are 65 minutes. Both types of tours spend about 20 minutes in the water. Depending on your conDUCKtor, you might even be able to steer the boat in the Charles River!

My Duck Tour boat, driven by Tugboat was called Charlie River. All conDUCKtors and vehicles have fun names related to Boston.

Sightseeing

Make Way For Ducklings Statue

Make Way For Ducklings Statue. Photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

There are many amazing sights to see along the Duck Tour route.

The route passes through the historic Back Bay, Boston Common and Garden, and passes Charles Street, the original shoreline of the Charles River.

In the Boston Garden, look for the Make Way for Ducklings Statue, commemorating Mr. and Ms. Mallard and their family, who eventually make a home in the garden.

Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey, is the official children’s book of Massachusetts. Click here to buy a copy!

Museum of Science and Zakim Bridge

Museum of Science and Zakim Bridge. Photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The Duck Tour also drives around Charlestown, through Copley Square and more. It passes (or starts at) the Museum of Science, which, is part in Boston and part in Cambridge.

The tour passes many beautiful sights such as Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Trinity Church, and much more.

In the water, the tour passes the Zakim and Longfellow bridges.

History

ducktour3The idea of “amphibious” vehicles has been around for a long time, but is relatively new to New England.

Founder Andy Wilson worked hard to implement his unique idea into Boston. The full process took about two years from start to finish. At one point, Andy was told that he would have a better chance building a skyscraper in the middle of the Boston Public Garden than having his land/water tour become a reality.

However, he and his team pursued and in October of 1994, the Boston Duck Tours launched with 4 boats and 15 employees.

Currently the company has 28 boats and 125 employees. The company is still expanding, but is aware that their relationship with the Boston community is important and do not want to become intrusive.

 

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