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Duck Diaries: Volume I

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May 12, 2017

Duck Diaries: Volume I

Tour Guides at Ride the Ducks are incredible at their jobs not only because they’re passionate about entertaining all of you, but they truly love the city of Seattle—really, they just can’t get enough! Our Guides are always exploring and constantly on the look-out for new and exciting tidbits to share on their tours. In this enlightening blog series we call Duck Diaries, prepare to follow our Wacky Tour Guide’s adventures and experiences around Seattle—plus get some tips written by none other than the pros themselves! Meet Captain Beau Dayshush—delivering smiles to guests at Ride the Ducks for 8 seasons! He recently visited Pier 57 on the Seattle Waterfront PIER 57: Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington  After walking along the Waterfront in Downtown Seattle, I was ready to soar above it! Two of the newest attractions that reside on the bustling Waterfront are the Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington. Tickets to both attractions can be bought at the same kiosk and since they’re located right next to each other, it made for an easy one-two punch! First up, was the 175 ft. Great Wheel—which by the way makes it the tallest Ferris Wheel on the West Coast! Thankfully, the line was short! I could tell by the serpentine path I took through the ropes that on a nicer day the wait time may be significant. As I waited for my turn to ride, I wondered if my time on the wheel was going to be based on revolutions or an allotted amount of time. It turned out…(turned out, get it?) that I was guaranteed at least 4 revolutions that lasted about 10-12 minutes. The views were magnificent! Since I was the only person in my cabin built to seat 8, I was constantly switching back and forth to enjoy both the views of the city and the Puget Sound. With the mountains as backdrop, one couldn’t ask for a better ride. If the fear of actual heights is an issue for you, try Wings Over Washington. It’s an immersive 3D-like ride that has you virtually soaring over the city, mountains, streams and fields of beautiful Washington State. From the time the floor literally drops away until the end when you’re wiping away water mist from your face, you will feel like you flew…just like Peter Pan! If you can plan for at least 2 hours on a busy summer weekend in Seattle, give both attractions a try! That’s all for now! Signed, Captain Beau Dayshush Seattle Great Wheel Adult: $14 Youth: $9 Senior: $12 Wings Over Washington Adult: $17 Youth: $13 Senior:...

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Thank you, Marshawn Lynch

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April 29, 2017

Ride the Ducks has been showing locals and tourists the beautiful city of Seattle for the past 20 years and we frequently get involved in local events. From taking Starlight kids from Swedish Hospital to splash into Lake Union or delivering Random Ducks of Kindness to passersby on the streets, we have hundreds of fond memories of celebrating our amazing city.   When we heard Marshawn Lynch took out a full page ad in the Sunday Seattle Times, there was an immediate buzz as we were instantly transported back to that chilly February day. Who could forget the day when one million 12s from around the city lined the streets to support the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks? We started talking about all of the Seahawk signs and jerseys, and how many people skipped work and school to celebrate for hours in the cold. We laughed at how the cell towers were overloaded and how we’ve still been meaning to put together the footage into a montage video. Then Captain Rik O’Shay walked into the office. “All of a sudden, I turned to my right and Marshawn Lynch was there, next to me. Beast Mode was RIGHT THERE! I couldn’t believe it!”   We can’t tell you how many Skittles we found onboard that day (and in the days that followed). Every time we found one, we’d smile at the fun time we shared with the loveable Beast Mode. Seattle will miss you Marshawn, but you’re welcome #onaduck anytime. Thanks for the great...

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Why We Love Spring in Seattle

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March 22, 2017

Why We Love Spring in Seattle

  Spring is a funny time in the Pacific Northwest. Locals begin breaking out their shorts and sandals the moment temperatures hit the mid 50’s (What?! We’ve been waiting all winter for this!). Seattleites truly relish the spring and summer seasons, and even argue that the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the world when the sun is shining. Here are 8 reasons why we LOVE spring in Seattle:   1. More people get to experience Ride the Ducks! Spring time means our Westlake Center Kiosk is open—and we couldn’t be more excited! Starting March 17th you can hop on a Duck from TWO convenient Seattle locations. Our Westlake Kiosk is located on 4th Ave & Pine St.   2. After a long winter, we exhale a sigh of relief when we see the spring blooms and flower buds. This is the surest sign that warmer weather is on its way! There are many noteworthy places to take in the sights of spring in Seattle—however the gorgeous cherry blossom trees at the University of Washington are hard to beat! 3. Another great spot to visit is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon. It is located about an hour north of Seattle, but well worth the drive. Colorful tulips as far as the eye can see! 4. Though sunshine isn’t guaranteed in the Pacific Northwest, during the spring we can finally look up and say “what is that big yellow thing in the sky?” more often than the winter. Sunshine brings out the beauty of Seattle with clear views of the mountains and sun beams sparkling off the water. Let’s not forget that we can finally begin replenishing our vitamin D levels! 5. One of the coolest and most adventurous spring time opportunities this area offers is whale watching! The season begins in mid to late spring and lasts through October. We recommend visiting our friends at San Juan Safaris for your greatest chance at sighting the majestic orcas in their natural habitat! 6. When the weather warms up and the sun begins making more frequent appearances, conditions are perfect for getting outside and active at beautiful spots like Discovery Park. You can run, bike, or walk through trails stretching across 534 acres of forest groves, tidal beaches, sea cliffs, sand dunes, and meadows—all in one place! Catch gorgeous views overlooking the Puget Sound, as well as the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. 7. “Spring in Seattle” can be defined as watching the Mariners play at Safeco Field while stuffing your face with garlic fries. Really, check the dictionary. Our baseball team’s home opener is on April 10th vs. the Astros, which is the true mark of spring. 8. Exploring the city’s parks, like Gas Works Park, is another way to make the most of spring time in Seattle. This grassy park looks straight out onto Lake Union with magnificent views of the skyline. Gas Works was formerly the site of the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, but now exists as a recreation area with old and impressive gasification structures. You can catch a great view of this park if you are on a Duck! Other notable parks include Alki Beach Park, Volunteer Park, and Golden Gardens Park. Seattle comes out of hibernation mode as...

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Valentine’s Day Guide

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February 8, 2017

Valentine’s Day Guide

If you feel like making this Valentine’s Day one to remember—cancel your dinner reservations and think outside the box! Wait—we did it for you! Here are 5 totally unique and fun ways to celebrate V-day in Seattle with your loved one. Not only is the zoo ALWAYS a fun date idea, but this Saturday you can watch as adorable animals munch on heart-shaped food and play with herbal bouquets as part of the Woodland Park Zoo’s animal enrichment program. Cost: $15 When: February 11 from 10a-2:30p Discover hidden mysteries of Seattle by turning the city into an interactive game board on your smart phone! With Urban Adventure Quest, team up with your partner for a two to three-hour sightseeing scavenger hunt starting at Seattle Center! Cost: $39.50 for a team of 2-5 people (Use Promo Code: SEATTLEPIPELINE) When: Anytime within daylight hours Tour Seattle the BEST way possible—on a Duck! Laugh and learn about the Emerald City with your lovely partner by your side! See the highlights of Seattle by land AND water while being entertained by our Wacky tour guides! Cost: $35 each When: Tours depart daily from our Seattle Center location Venture over to Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market and pick up fresh, local ingredients for a romantic home-made meal. Both shopping and cooking will be quality time well-spent! Cost: Ingredients When: Anytime! Celebrate your love for running and for each other at the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash at Green Lake Park! Cost: 5k Race – $40 Registration Fee / 10k Race – $45 Registration Fee When: Sunday, February 12 at 9:30a Photo Courtesy of Pro...

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Ride the Ducks Voted Best City Tour

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January 31, 2017

Ride the Ducks Voted Best City Tour

Thanks to all of YOU, Ride the Ducks was ranked #1 of 20 for Best City Tour on Pacific Northwest A-List, which features more than 2,000 businesses contending for the title of Pacific Northwest’s best. Whether you’re a local looking for an exciting family outing, or a visitor wanting to see the city, Ride the Ducks is the most fun way to experience Seattle! We’d like to thank everyone who voted and we hope to see new and returning faces #onaduck in...

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National Rubber Ducky Day 2017

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January 19, 2017

National Rubber Ducky Day 2017

Rockin’ dance moves, T-shirt giveaways, and Wacky Quackers all around! That’s how we celebrated National Rubber Ducky Day. How ‘bout you? On January 13th, we partnered with the Seattle Children’s Museum and spent the day honoring our famous yellow friends. Throughout the afternoon, groups of Wacky Quacker-bearing little ones paraded outside to board the Duck parked near the International Fountain at Seattle Center. They were greeted by Vinnie the Duck himself, along with Captain Bjorn Toorun. After hopping on board, Captain Bjorn Toorun taught the guests about our WWII amphibious DUKW vehicle and pumped up some music for a dance party. We also gave away awesome “Future Duck Captain” T-Shirts for kids to take home. The fun continued inside the museum with ducky-related stories and games. What a great day! Thank you to our friends at the Seattle Children’s Museum and, of course, to all of our Future Duck Captains out...

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Giving Never Goes Out Of Style

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December 27, 2016

Giving Never Goes Out Of Style

Every year we donate more than $10,000 in tickets to non-profit organizations around the Pacific Northwest. Whether we are getting involved in local events, or paying it forward through fun campaigns like Random Ducks of Kindness, Ride the Ducks strives to make Seattle a better place. This fall we supported the 6th Annual Ride into the Holidays event with the Seattle Monorail and Treehouse, an incredible non-profit organization that provides youth in foster care the opportunities and services to be just as successful in school and in life as any other kid. On November 25th, smiles were put on the faces of hundreds of foster children and their families. They rode the Monorail from Seattle Center with balloon animals in hand, and participated in raffles with awesome prizes. Each family left with a FREE annual membership to the Pacific Science Center and lots of other goodies—how cool is that? Next stop: Westlake Center! Families walked over to the IKEA Holiday Carousel where they were welcomed with hot chocolate, cookies, and plush toy donations, followed by the tree lighting celebration and—of course—going on a spin around the carousel itself! This event could not have happened without the generous donations from the Seattle community. The holiday season may be coming to a close, but giving never goes out of style! You can just see the happiness on their faces—check out these photos from the event. Photos courtesy of Treehouse and Seattle...

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Seattle’s Top 5 Holiday Attractions

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December 9, 2016

Seattle’s Top 5 Holiday Attractions

Have you had your fill of holiday festivities yet? No? Of course not… the limit does not exist! If you haven’t already noticed—the staff at Ride the Ducks LOVES the holiday season. Over the years, we’ve dressed up as wacky winter characters, we’ve gone caroling through Seattle on a Duck, we’ve plugged holiday lights into every outlet we can find, and the office is abuzz with cheerful chatter about our upcoming staff holiday party. We’d love to celebrate with you, too! Hop #onaduck this December and experience our original land and water tour with a festive twist! Hope we see you there! Seattle is a city that has so much to offer during the holiday season, so we want to hook you up with our list of Seattle’s Top 5 Holiday Attractions. In no particular order… 5. Wild Lights at the Woodland Park Zoo Let it glow! Grab your loved ones and explore the incredible light displays at the Woodland Park Zoo this season featuring wild creatures from far off lands in two and three dimensional recreations. You can also go for a night ride on the historic carousel, partake in an indoor snowball fight, take a photo with Santa, and even meet some of his real reindeer! 5:30 to 8:30pm nightly through January 1st Pricing and More Info 4. Winterfest at the Seattle Center Always a dazzling display! You’ll find a plethora of ongoing free and affordable entertainment at Winterfest. Take in the sights of the miniature train encircling a charming winter village, listen to joyful live musical performances, marvel at icy creations as sculptors go to work before your eyes, and lace up your ice skates with the whole family. So much fun to be had! Through December 31st Dates, Times, and More Info 3. Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel Prepare to be amazed by the tastiest-looking village you’ll ever see! Local culinary magicians and architects team up each year to create this larger-than-life display. The 2016 exhibit is inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. How magical! Make a day of it with a Duck tour followed by a short monorail ride over to the Sheraton, where the Gingerbread Village is free to view in the lobby! Through January 1st More Info 2. Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival Ever heard of a floating parade? Get out on the water and celebrate the happiest time of the year with Argosy Cruises! Board a decked-out Christmas Ship (think lights, Santa, live musical acts, and choir performances over a state-of-the-art sound system), and parade around the Puget Sound to several waterfront cities spreading cheer to all. Rather watch the festivities from shore? Spectators gather at city parks and beaches along the parade route and enjoy the musical performances around a roaring bonfire. Fun for family and friends of all ages! Through December 23rd Dates, Times, Pricing, and More Info 1. Snowflake Lane in Downtown Bellevue A holiday performance like no other! Watch as costumed characters, toy soldier drummers, and musical performers march and dance in the streets between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday with electrifying music, glittering lights, and a guaranteed snowfall during each performance! 7pm Nightly Through December 24th More Info Whichever way you decide to celebrate this...

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Random Ducks of Kindness: Summer Edition!

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August 1, 2016

Random Ducks of Kindness: Summer Edition!

It’s time for another edition of Random Ducks of Kindness! This summer, we want you to pay it forward with your Duck Tour ticket. When you ride the Ducks, your ticket could be good for $5 OFF a Duck tour – but, there’s a catch! You have to give the ticket away. We want you to share the fun of the Ducks with a good friend, your barista or even a stranger on the street! Just traveling through Seattle, give it to a concierge at the hotel to give to another guest! Happiness happens when you give it away, check out what we did last summer. Pssst… We’ve also channeled our inner Willy Wonka for a super secret surprise that you can only learn about ON a Duck! We love to support the Seattle community. Each month we donate tickets for our tour to a number of local organizations, but every few months, we like to get our staff involved and do something really fun. During the holiday season, we got dressed up to give away free coffee, donuts, groceries and gasoline to some lucky locals. Last summer, we gave away ice cream, Frisbees, popcorn from our friends at Kukuruzu with a free tour for the local Boys & Girls Club. Fine Print: Valid for $5 OFF up to two regularly-priced ADULT tickets. Walk-ups only. Not valid on the day of the original tour as printed on the front of this ticket or on previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined with other offers. No cash value. Valid through...

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Free Tickets for the Seattle Community

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July 28, 2016

Ride the Ducks actively supports the Seattle community throughout the year through participation in fundraisers and social events. In July 2016, we proudly supported the following organizations with ticket donations totaling more than $1500: American Association of Zoo Keepers American Cancer Society Arthritis Foundation Asian Counseling and Referral Service Avery Strong Defeat DIPG Foundation Battlefield Addiction Birthday Dreams Boys and Girls Club Of South Puget Sound Camano Center Chang Family Foundation Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital Guild Association Clark Planetarium Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Dream Factory of Oregon Easter Seals Washington Education Foundation of the Philippines Emergency Feeding Program Emergency Food Network Environmental and Adventure School Foundation for International Understanding Through Students Fraternal Order of Police French-American Chamber of Commerce of the PNW Helping Hands for the Disabled Howard Cohen Bladder Cancer Foundation Kingston Community Center Kitsap Mental Health Services Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Low Income Housing Institute Pacific Asian Empowerment Program Pregnancy Aid Puget Sound Kidney Center Foundation Rainier Chorale Seattle Area Feline Rescue Seattle Mariners Women’s Club Snohomish Education Foundation The Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders Toys for Tots United Way University District Food Bank Violent Crimes Victim Services WA State Fair World Association for Children and Parents WS Coalition Against Domestic Violence Gift certificate donations isn’t the only way we are involved in our community, check out our In the Community page on our website for more information! If you’d like to request gift certificates for your organization, here’s how to do...

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