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Yes, we’re hoping to build a new boat ramp

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you’re a newspaper reader in Seattle, you may have seen today’s article on the front page of the Seattle Times. Yes, Ride the Ducks is hoping to build a new boat ramp on the eastside of Lake Union. Last year, we purchased a small piece of land at the old NOAA site and are currently working with the City of Seattle for the permits to build a ramp in the fall. We’re excited about the opportunity and we wanted to take a minute to speak up about a couple things: – This has been an open process. Brian Tracey, our President/CEO, has met twice with the neighborhood associations in a public forum. We’ve listened to their concerns and worked to address them. We’re moving into a new neighborhood and we’re working hard to be great neighbors! – We want to make the area more pleasant and more beautiful. The plans to beautify Terry Pettus Park and the surrounding area are amazing! The area is currently run-down and you’ll often find vagrants and drug dealers in the area. Currently, there’s a dock for hand-launching small boats, but it’s derelict and the street edge is overgrown. Check it out! Here is the area now: And here’s the mock-up for after: – The...

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Announcing: Ride the Ducks Easter Egg Hunt!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

We’re getting in the Easter spirit this year with our very own Easter Egg Hunt! Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll be hiding eggs around downtown Seattle filled with tickets to Ride the Ducks! Each day at 12:00pm, we’ll share a hint on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about the location of the egg that day. The first person to find the egg wins TWO free tickets!! As simple as when you were a kid, right? Be sure to follow us each day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the hint and your chance at free...

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We Day in Seattle

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” On March 27, 2013, we’ll see firsthand that, here in Seattle, the youth are proving Shaw wrong and actively making the world a better place! Next Wednesday, tens of thousands of young people will gather at the Key Arena at Seattle Center for We Day and launch a year of actions for social change. We’re inspired by these students and we hope these great people doing great deeds will have a chance to see our beautiful city while they’re in town! To show our thanks, we’ve created a $21 student rate to be available Tuesday, March 26, 2013 through Friday, March 29, 2013 for anyone showing a valid student ID. It’s just something small, but it’s our way of saying a big heartfelt “Thank you” to a generation of youth who are doing amazing things with their time. You don’t need a code or a number – just book the student rate online or walk up to the ticket booth and ask for the student rate! You’ll need to show your ID when you pick up your tickets. Born out of a dream, We Day was created by two brothers to bring a generation together. You can’t buy...

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Twitter-iffic!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tweet! Tweet! We’re having fun #onaduck and on #Twitter this week! Visit us @SeattleDucks and tell us in five words why you love the Ducks! Use #onaduck and we’ll enter you to win 2 tickets! Ends 3/26! You’ll see the hashtag #onaduck on Instagram too, so if you’re taking fun photos of Seattle or pictures onboard, be sure to share them with us! Maybe your photo will be shared to our...

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A Very Special Odyssey Duck Tour

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

School groups frequently visit Ride the Ducks for a tour of Seattle. I mean, why wouldn’t they?! It’s fun, educational and kids love the Ducks! Occasionally, though, we get an odd request. This week, a group of middle school students from Covenant Christian Middle School planned a field trip with the theme of Homer’s Odyssey, which they had been studying in class. The teacher rode with Captain Chaos the week before their tour and afterwards, struck up a conversation with him. Captain Chaos has a MA in education and got excited about the students’ theme for their trip to Seattle. Through their conversation, a Duck tour developed that would be not only fun and educational, but would also tie in The Odyssey. With the help of our tour developer and their school teacher, by Monday Captain Bjorn Toorun had become Captain Noah Boddy, because Odysseus tricks the Cyclops into thinking his name is Nobody! (Nobody’s tricked me!) Captain Bjorn Toorun also brought a stuffed dog on board named Argos and instead of an I ♥ Seattle bumper sticker, the DUKW sported I ♥ Ithaca bumper stickers on the tailgate! Every time they saw a Starbucks, the kids covered their ears to avoid the songs of the Sirens! Did you...

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Meet the Office Dogs

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

At Ride the Ducks, our love of animals doesn’t stop at our feathered friends! For the last 8 years, we’ve had two office dogs! From being a friendly-face at the top of the stairs to sharing our lunches, they’re a big part of our everyday lives and we thought it would be fun to share a bit about them. Gabby: 8 years old, Basset Hound. Gabby grew up at Ride the Ducks. The day after she was brought home, she found a second home and lots of love in the ticket booth. In 2004, if you were here to Ride the Ducks in the late afternoon, you’d often see her head poking out the ticket booth window in the sunshine, asking for an ear scratch or a head pat from our guests. Gabby has two loves of her life: Rick, our old mailman, and Captain Rob R. Ducky. We’re not sure how she knew, but as soon as the mail truck pulled up behind the building, Gabby would wake up and race downstairs! We’re absolutely sure she’s never done anything as patiently as wait for those biscuits! The same thing happens when Captain Rob returns from his tour! How she tells the difference between his Duck and the other...

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