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How to Redeem Your Gift Certificates

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Did you know we offer gift certificates year-round for our Land & Water and Holiday Duck Tours? If you’re one of the lucky people who have received the gift of fun, you might be wondering “now what?!” If so, let us debunk any myths, worries, or uncertainties about how you can redeem gift certificates and get yourself on a Ride the Ducks tour! How to Redeem a Gift Certificate: By phone at 206-441-3825. Mention you’re redeeming a gift certificate, and we’ll help you reserve for a date and time that’s convenient for you. Remember to bring your gift certificates with you when you pick-up your tickets prior to your tour. In-person at one of our locations. Bring your certificates for tickets day-of or for a future date. Keep in mind that tickets are subject to availability and we suggest making reservations ahead of time.  Keep in mind that some gift certificates have expiration and blackout dates.    Ride the Ducks gift certificates make perfect gifts and are available for purchase online or by phone at 206-441-3825! If you have any questions regarding gift certificates or how to redeem them, don’t hesitate to contact...

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The Rise of the DUKW

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

When you first arrive at Ride the Ducks of Seattle and witness first-hand a DUKW, most people think, “What is that? Is it a bus? Is it a boat?” Originally called the DUKW, it wasn’t nearly as much fun as it is now! It was designed by the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development to be a hard-working military vehicle, aiding the military in supply and troop transportation during WWII. Unfortunately, at first glance, it was rejected by the military! However, when a Coast Guard patrol boat ran aground in Provincetown, Massachusettes, seven servicemen were stranded on a sandbar. With winds up to 60 knots, rain and heavy surf, no other boats could reach the men. Luckily, a DUKW was in the area for a demonstration and when the military personnel witnessed the ease with which the DUKW maneuvered through the seas, the military opposition dissolved. Eventually, the DUKW would cross the English Channel, storm the beaches of Normandy, have an impactful effect in battles at Sicily and Salerno and here in Seattle, 70 years later, enjoy retirement, cruising Lake Union daily. For more in-depth information of the DUKW’s impact on military history, go to: https://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/history.htm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUKW...

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We Welcome Babies on Board!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Are you thinking of bringing your infant to Ride the Ducks? Great! We’d be happy to have them on board! The little tikes do require a ticket of their own, so be sure to purchase a Baby Ticket for only $1! Our Ducks are Coast Guard-certified vehicles with a maximum capacity of 37 souls on board, including the Captain. Whether you’re 6 months old or 100 years young, you’re a VIP at Ride the Ducks and you’ll need a ticket to board your tour. Will my little one need a car seat? The inside of the Duck is very similar to the inside of a school bus. There are 18 bench seats for two people each. For very young children, you are welcome to bring a car seat carrier, but it is not required and just like metro buses, there are no seatbelts onboard, so we recommend parents hold small children in their lap. Do little kids enjoy the tour? Of course! Ride the Ducks is great fun for the entire family! While young children may not remember how tall the Space Needle is, most often parents are surprised that their child was entertained for the full 90-minute tour. With music, clapping and the sights of Seattle whizzing by...

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Academy Awards

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

With the cameras, dresses, celebrities and the infamous red carpet, we imagine that the Academy Awards would be a fun event to attend! But, sadly… it’s not all a Life of Pi and Amour, we weren’t invited and we’re guessing you weren’t either. But, don’t be Les Miserables! There’s a Silver Linings Playbook! Seattle hosts the only Academy Award-sanctioned Oscar’s event in Washington State! Each year, the Starlight Children’s foundation Northwest hosts a gala at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, complete with red carpet, paparazzi and tuxedos galore! While you watch the live telecast of the 85th Annual Academy Award ceremony, you’ll enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner and Francis Ford Coppola wines. Plus, no commercials! During the commercial breaks, John Curley will MC a live auction with fantastic items! It’s a fun event that supports a great organization, we hope you will shoot for the stars like Lincoln and consider attending this event and supporting this great organization. The Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Ride the Ducks is proud to support this great organization throughout the year with events like Stuff the Duck and an annual Duck Tour from Swedish Medical Center...

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Beautiful Seattle

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

One of the many things that makes the Emerald City amazing is its true natural beauty surrounding the bustling metropolis. In our own backyard, you can take your sailboat on Lake Union for Duck Dodge or go water skiing on Lake Washington. Both waterways provide access to Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound through the Ballard Locks and less than 30 minutes from the city, there are beautiful ski resorts, like the Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens and Crystal Mountain, complete with the Mt. Rainier Gondola! During the winter, these mountains are covered in snow and during the summer, they offer some of the coolest hiking and biking trails in the Pacific Northwest. If you love to camp or climb, head up to Mt. Rainier or just enjoy its beauty as you drive south on I-5 on a sunny day. Love mountains? To the west, the Cascades peek through the clouds with their snow-capped beauty year-round.  Photo: David Rosen Whether it’s summer or winter, nature abounds in Seattle and over the next few weeks, we’d like to share it with you. Visit us on Facebook or on Instagram @RidetheDucksofSeattle! We’d love for you to connect with...

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