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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Chinatown – ID 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Chinatown – ID

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog

Many cities have Chinatowns – in fact, there may be one in the city you’re from! You’ll notice that when you look for Seattle’s Chinatown on a map that it has a special name: the “Chinatown-International District.” Wondering why? Because this neighborhood encompasses shops, restaurants and homes of people from all over Asia. Throughout different times in the city’s history, the Chinatown-International District has housed Japantown, Chinatown and Little Saigon. There are also traces of influences from the city’s Filipino community. Although a majority of the residents are now Chinese, to honor each of these distinct cultural groups, “International” was added to the district’s name. We love having visitors from all over the world on our Duck tours. Make sure to experience what makes our Chinatown so unique before or after your tour by checking out the following: Green Spaces: There are several parks in the area to enjoy a moment of peace. Each park offers something different – from a community garden planted by the neighborhood’s elderly to a play and art area for kids. Check out: Danny Woo International District Community Garden, Donnie Chin International Children’s Park, Hing Hay Park, and Kobe Terrace. Historic Chinatown Gate Located over South King Street near 5th Avenue, the Historic Chinatown...

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Duck Diaries: Volume VIII 0

Duck Diaries: Volume VIII

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Blog, Duck Diaries

  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 Ellie Kopter- our enthusiastic Tour Guide who’ll quack you up on land and water- but not in the air like her name suggests! Follow her to Butchart Gardens, where you can view gorgeous scenery all year long. Butchart Gardens at Christmas Time   If you are looking for a fun weekend getaway and want to get into the holiday spirit all at once, check out Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada! For most of the year, Butchart is known for it’s spectacular gardens and gorgeous flowers, but for the month of December, the gardens are transformed into a truly EPIC Christmas light display. The photos included in this blog are from our trip in 2017, but we had such a great time...

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Duck Diaries: Volume VII 0

Duck Diaries: Volume VII

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Blog, Duck Diaries

  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 Ellie Kopter- our enthusiastic Tour Guide who’ll quack you up on land and water- but not in the air like her name suggests! Follow her to Enchant Christmas Seattle, the world’s largest Christmas light maze that’s landed in Seattle’s own Safeco Field. Enchant Christmas Seattle Tis the season for holiday cheer! If you are like me and have eggnog running through your veins (and highly suspect you are secretly an elf raised by humans) then you are always looking for a new way to dive into the holiday season. When I found out about Enchant Seattle, the largest light maze in Seattle located at Safeco field, I knew it was a must see. This is the first year that Enchant has...

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Sleepless in Seattle Celebrates 25th Anniversary 0

Sleepless in Seattle Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Blog

  Did you know that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”? And even cooler, did you know you can see the exact floating home Tom Hanks’ character Sam lived in on a Duck tour?! Seattle is full of movie history, which is why his house isn’t the only place you’ll recognize from other iconic films. Here are some sights you’ll see on our tour that have also been part of movie magic. Space Needle Station In “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” Elvis (the King himself!), takes a trip on the Seattle Center Monorail to Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World’s Fair, located right across from Ride the Ducks of Seattle. Harbor Steps Apartments Fans of scary movies like “The Ring” will recognize this apartment complex as the home of the movie’s protagonist, Rachel. You’ll see this building close to Pike Place Market as we make our way from Downtown to Lake Union. Gas Works Park In “10 Things I Hate About You”, Kat and Patrick’s first kiss happens during a paintball game at this iconic park. You’ll get an unobstructed view of this former gasification plant as we sail on Lake Union during our water portion of the tour! Check...

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Local Dishes to Try in Seattle 0

Local Dishes to Try in Seattle

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Blog

. There are a lot of things Seattle is known for. Rain? Always! Grunge music? Bring on the Nirvana throwbacks. Food? You bet- and luckily all that rain we’re known for makes a great climate for growing crops and raising animals. Another bonus? The cold water of the northern pacific produces some of the tastiest shellfish in the nation. Combine that with Seattle’s growth from the late 1800’s on and you’ll see how immigrants have shaped the dishes that have become favorites of tourists and locals alike. Many of our Tour Guides and Captains are happy to point out their favorite restaurants along our tour route. Follow their great suggestions after your tour and keep these local foods in mind for an authentic taste of the Pacific Northwest. Seafood Seattle sits on Puget Sound, a complex system of waterways that eventually lead out to the Pacific Ocean. The cold, fresh saltwater that’s brought in by this structure helps maintain a diverse ecosystem of marine life. From oysters to crab, or salmon to rockfish, you won’t get bored by the vast amount of seafood available. Places to try: Taylor Shellfish, The Crab Pot, Anthony’s Sushi With fresh seafood comes fresh sushi, made popular by the many Japanese immigrants that have...

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Visiting Seattle in the Winter 0

Visiting Seattle in the Winter

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Blog

. Did you know that Seattle Duck Tours run 362 days a year?! That’s right! Just because it’s a little bit colder in winter doesn’t mean our city isn’t as beautiful as any other time of year. In fact, picture the Space Needle emerging from a blanket of fresh white snow… pretty gorgeous, huh? There are so many ways Seattle will keep your heart warm with its winter traditions, so we rounded up a few activities you can do before or after your Duck tour to help you see what makes this a magical time of year. Winterfest in Seattle Center As if Seattle Center wasn’t fun enough, you can find exciting chilly-weather activities during Winterfest from November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Explore the village on the winter train or go ice skating before watching ice sculpting and student performances throughout the day. Additional events occur depending on the day and time, so make sure to check out their calendar! Leavenworth Starting in November, the Leavenworth, WA Winter Festival (also known as the Christmas Lighting Festival) is a time when the town comes alive with elaborate lighting displays. Walking around you’ll hear carolers singing and smell hot cocoa in the air. You can try cross country skiing,...

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