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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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Take the Duck Tour Home with Spotify

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July 22, 2016

It’s not just the ‘Girls who Wanna Have Fun’ at Ride the Ducks! We had ‘The Time of Our Life’ with you as we ‘Hit the Road Jack’ on the streets of Seattle. ‘Three Little Birds’ told us you danced in your seat, played an air guitar to ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Shout’ed at the top of your lungs while you toured on Seattle’s #1 city tour, so why let the fun end when your tour does? ‘Rock This Town’ and take your Duck Tour home with you by following SeattleDucks on Spotify! We channeled our inner ‘Disco Inferno’ to have a ‘Celebration’ of your amazing Seattle Duck Tour. You’ll enjoy classics like ‘Love Shack’ by the B-52s and if you’re single, maybe this playlist will encourage someone to ‘Put a Ring on It’! You’ll hear at least one song that you wished your Wacky Tour Guide never pressed play (‘Chicken Dance,’ anyone?). Regardless of whether you ‘Electric Boogie’d’ to the ‘YMCA’ dance or rolled your eyes, ‘We Got the Beat’ at Ride the Ducks and we want to share it with you. Listen to it in the ‘Car Wash’, listen to it in ‘Margaritaville’, but by all means, listen to it with a ‘Wink and a Smile.’ ‘We are Family’ so hope to be ‘On the Road Again’ with you and soon! In the meantime, get ‘Knee Deep’ in the water somewhere, press play on ‘Kokomo’ and remember, ‘U Can’t Touch This’ compact disc… it’s digital! Directions: 1. Download the Spotify app 2. Search “Seattle Ducks” 3. Follow us and enjoy our first playlist: Seattle Duck Tour vol. 1 4. Check back for more to come! What’s Spotify? Basically, it’s the radio meets the internet, but a lot cooler. It’s a service that allows you streaming access to millions of songs. It started in the ‘Funkytown’ of Stockholm and is taking the music world by a ‘Gilligan’s Island’-esque storm! Download the app on your phone or computer. It’s free for a basic subscription, but if you love it, you can also upgrade on their platform. P.S. While Ride the Ducks of Seattle was in charge of the puns, jokes and catch-phrases included in this blog post, Ride the Ducks of Seattle is not in charge of any of the fees charged or services and music that Spotify does or does not provide. We just created the playlist for our fans and how, when, why and where you listen to it is up to you and Spotify....

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2016 Bite of Seattle

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July 15, 2016

Bite of Seattle is this weekend. It’s one of our favorite summer festivals because “You can’t spell Seattle without ‘eat’!” We’re drooling just thinking about our next meal. From the Krispy Kreme birthday cake to the deep-fried PB&J, as well as American classics to twists on all kinds of ethnic dishes, you won’t leave the Bite of Seattle hungry. For three days, our staff comes back from their breaks with some of the most amazing cuisine Seattle has to offer. The smells, the eats, all the things to do – it’s all at the Seattle Center this weekend, right across from Ride the Ducks’ Seattle Center location. We are big fans of the food scene here in Seattle and you should be too. If you can’t make it for “The Bite,” check out the foodie scene on a Duck Tour! Pike Place Market On the Duck Tour, you’ll see the iconic Pike Place Market – a mecca of local with Washington’s freshest fruit, seafood and delectable treats. Swing by Chukkar Cherries and then go see the fishmongers throw salmon at Pike Place Fish. Tom Douglas You’ll also go by Tom Douglas‘s first restaurant: Dahlia Lounge. Tom is our local celebrity chef in Seattle and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation multiple times for his collection of restaurants in Seattle. Whether you want pizza, seafood, greek, Italian or … well, basically anything delicious, you can’t go wrong when you visit a Tom Douglas restaurant. You can try his food this weekend at The Alley at the Bite of Seattle and support Food Lifeline! FareStart Last but not least, we love to share about FareStart on the Duck Tour. It’s a local social enterprise that is providing a real solution to homelessness, poverty and hunger. Part restaurant, part food kitchen, part consulting firm to support 60 similar organizations in 150 communities across the United States, we’re proud of the 7,000 FareStart graduates who have transformed their lives to move from disadvantaged to gainfully-employed and amazed by the 6,000,000 meals served to Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens by FareStart. Wow, right? Plus, the restaurant in South Lake Union has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp! Delicious and amazing. A portion of the proceeds from some of the events at Bite of Seattle this weekend go to support FareStart, so keep an eye out to support their efforts. All this and the Bite of Seattle is totally affordable. Admission is free, no entrée is more than $10 and every restaurant has bite-sized snacks for $3.75 or less. What are you waiting for? Come downtown this weekend explore Seattle… by land, water and...

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Things to Do this Summer in Seattle

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July 3, 2016

Things to Do this Summer in Seattle

  It’s Independence Day and the kick-off to Seattle’s amazing summer weather. For the next three months, there is no place more beautiful than Seattle and we hope that you come visit and explore the city we call home. When you do visit Seattle, here are some of our favorite things to do: 1. Biased? Maybe! But the Seattle Duck Tour is one of the best ways to get to know Seattle when you first arrive. Laugh and learn as the Duck dances through the streets of Seattle and splashes into Lake Union. 2. “Hangry” is no way to enjoy your vacation. Skip breakfast and visit our friends at Savor Seattle for a full tummy of Seattle’s best local fare. Our fave? The classic Pike Place Market tour. 3. Speaking of Pike Place Market… Seattle’s been going farm to table since 1907 and a visit to Seattle is incomplete without a trip to America’s longest running farmer’s market. Buy some fresh flowers for your hotel room, eat the delicious Chukar Cherries and ship the freshest seafood home from the fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market. 4. MOHAI’s summer exhibit of Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s started this weekend. Let your imagination run wild as you learn and play with the likes of Barbie, Gumby and Mr. Potato Head. 5. And, be sure to visit the Pacific Science Center this summer for The Art of the Brick, featuring huge art pieces made exclusively from Legos. Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See...

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