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

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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Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Pioneer Square 0

Seattle Neighborhood Spotlights: Pioneer Square

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog

When you first see Pioneer Square on your Duck tour, you might notice that it feels a bit different than other parts of the city. The buildings have distinct architecture: much lower than skyscrapers, made of brick or stone, in a Romanesque Revival style. That’s because Pioneer Square was Seattle’s original downtown! After the Great Seattle Fire in 1889 (one of our much beloved talking points), Pioneer Square was rebuilt using brick and stone, making some of its buildings the oldest still standing in Seattle today. Here are some things you can do after your wacky quacky expedition with us to explore this historic neighborhood on foot! Occidental Park This public park isn’t a lawn like you might think, but instead consists of brick pedestrian walking space lined by trees, benches, tasty eateries and more! Take a stroll and see the Fallen Firefighters Memorial before stopping in to one of the area’s many coffee shops. Underground Tour and Beneath the Streets If you’re intrigued by the story of the Great Seattle Fire and want to explore some remnants of it, then these are the tours for you. Go underneath Pioneer Square, through passageways and time, to the city’s tidal flat level. What old relics do you think you might...

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10 Great Local Coffee Shops to Visit in Seattle 0

10 Great Local Coffee Shops to Visit in Seattle

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Blog

When you think of famous green faces, a few might come to mind: Frankenstein, The Wicked Witch of the West, and… the Starbucks siren! Seattle’s coffee has been made world-famous by this much loved brand (along with a few others like Tully’s and Seattle’s Best). What you may not know is that coffee culture has since become extremely important in the daily grind (get it? Coffee pun?) of Seattleites. You can hardly walk a block without passing a coffee shop or two. So if you’re looking for a quick cup of java before your Duck Tour, or if you’re looking for a place to sit down and relax after, here are 10 great local coffee shops whose brews originate in the city we call home. QED Coffee If you’re looking for a coffee shop  near Ride the Ducks’ Seattle Center location, look no further than QED. The name stands for “Quod Erat Demonstrandum”, Latin for “which had to be proven.” Seattle Grind Situated by our location in Seattle Center, this small shop attached to a parking garage is a hidden gem. They have tons of uniquely flavored syrups like lavender and cardamom to add to your latte for a sweet surprise. Cherry Street Coffee House and Cherry Street Public...

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