Boston Duck Tours: The Quackiest Way To See Boston
Fortunately, these days I have two incentives to try out the touristy activities I once ignored:
So... we picked a date, bought our tickets online (super easy), and off we went for our first Boston Duck Tour.
From there on, we were nothing less than impressed.
We were seated on "Old Gloria", the duck with a big American flag painted onto it, and were soon introduced to our tour leader, Captain Kidding (who described himself as a pirate from Wyoming who, trying to follow the call of the sea, took a $57,000 cab ride to Boston and has been working for the Boston Duck Tours in order to pay off his cab fare ever since!).
To say the least, Captain Kidding was highly entertaining and highly informative. I think I could listen to his narrative 10 times over and still learn something new.
Within about a minute of leaving "home base" on our duck, we were "quacking" at the passers by (not required, but actually pretty fun if you let yourself get into it - and, of course, my 3-year old LOVED it!).
When we got to the Charles River, the W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle (as the Boston Duck Tours describe it) miraculously transformed into a boat. Which reminds me, there was one more downside to our journey...
Captain Kidding let all of the kids on the boat take turns driving it (and even a grown-up or two got in there). However, he either didn't see Siena, or thought she was too young to want a try, so we were left to calm a very distressed 2.5 year old when we ran out of time to request a turn for her... Alas, the challenges a toddler faces!
A testament to how engaging the duck tour was - Siena managed to stay awake in a moving vehicle right during naptime... until the last three minutes. She slept through lunch, of course, but was talking about the duck boat for days afterwards!
Here are a few logistics for you...
Starting Locations and Length of Tours:
2011 Prices for the Museum of Science and Prudential Tours:
FYI, the Boston Duck Tours apparently do events as well. If I were to get married again, I would definitely consider a Boston Duck Tours wedding as one of my top options! They also do birthday parties, graduations, and probably pretty much anything you can think of!