Duck Diaries: Volume II – Tacoma’s Festival of Sail

July 5, 2017
Duck Diaries: Volume II – Tacoma’s Festival of Sail

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 Dot S’Hilarious—an amazing addition to the Ride the Ducks family this season! She took a day trip with her husband to downtown Tacoma (about 35 miles South of Seattle) where the 2017 Festival of Sail was in full swing. She had a quack-tastic time…for one particular reason. Keep reading to find out!

Tacoma’s Festival of Sail

This June, Mr. S’Hilarious and I headed to Tacoma for the 2017 Festival of Sail. The festival spanned one mile of the Thea Foss Waterway, including the spectacular outdoor exhibits of the Museum of Glass and the Thea Foss Seaport Museum—which was free to enter for the entirety of the festival! We were able to view ships of all kinds-sailboats, schooners, mast ships, and even a houseboat from 1909!

We even saw the Lady Washington, (aka the Interceptor from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean) sailing down the Thea Foss Waterway in all her glory. So many of the ships we got to view were from Ride the Ducks’ very own Lake Union! This included the Lotus, a 1909 yacht built in Seattle by Joseph A Sloan. It now operates as a bed and breakfast, giving guests an opportunity to spend a night in 1909! Some of the furniture is original, some is reproduction, but it all works together to create an authentic Edwardian feel. Most of the ships we viewed now operate as charters, taking passengers sailing around the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, and even up to Alaska!

Of course, the highlight for us was getting to meet Mama Duck. That’s right! The largest rubber ducky in the world came to Tacoma! As the world is her bathtub, she travels around the globe, quacking people up! All 30,000 pounds of her floated peacefully among the ships in the Thea Foss Waterway. As I offered up a quacking salute, I could have sworn she winked at me. Ducks of the world unite!

Thanks for reading!


Dot S’Hilarious


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