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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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Visiting Seattle in the Fall 0

Visiting Seattle in the Fall

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Blog

The weather is getting cooler, students are back in school, and the leaves are changing color- which can only mean it’s finally fall in Seattle! We’re open year-round and love to show off our city in all of its seasons, and want to let you in on why fall is a great time of year for a Duck Tour and city visit. It’s less crowded with tourists after the summer rush, it’s perfect for hiking to catch hints of yellow and red leaves, and tasty treats like apple pie and hot cider are popping up on menus around the city. So dust off your boots and pop on a sweater- and enjoy these 5 things to do around the city to get into the autumnal mood! 1.Go apple picking Did you know that apples are the most frequently grown produce in Washington State? No wonder they’re so tasty here! For a day of family fun, head out to one of the farms around Seattle that offers the chance to pick these sweet and tart fruits yourself (or at least buy some locally pre-picked ones to try at places like Pike Place Market). Farms close to the city include The Farm at Swans Trail and Skipley Farm. 2.Catch a Seahawks...

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Critique By Kids 0

Critique By Kids

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Blog

Ride the Ducks is proud to partner with Critique by Kids – a new website offering reviews of places, people and things that kids love! Critique By Kids offers viewers a unique view and perspective on the best family-friendly places to go and travel to, through the eyes of kids! You could gain valuable information to help you plan your next family trip and when you register, you can earn points for fun rewards! Check out this ‘Legendary Adventure’! Setting up a membership with Critique By Kids is easy! Simply go to www.critiquebykids.com and click Register. Select Family Member, then fill out the rest of the information before submitting. Now you’re ready to start reviewing and earning points! (If you’d like to start receiving kids’ reviews like Ride the Ducks of Seattle, register as a Business...

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Central Library: Seattle’s Most Insta-Worthy Spots 0

Central Library: Seattle’s Most Insta-Worthy Spots

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Blog

#seattle #pnw #seattlelife #instagoals | Photo by @msheatherwildeThere’s no denying that Seattle’s unwavering beauty and eccentric quirks create the perfect recipe for impressive Instagram photo opportunities. From famous landmarks, to mouthwatering restaurants, to awe-inspiring public art, Seattle is a photographer’s dream come true! Whether you’re visiting the Emerald City for the first time or you’re a born-and-raised local, we’ve got the list for ultimate IG inspiration as a 10-part blog series! We’ve shown you Pike Place Market, Lake Union, Capitol Hill and Kerry Park. Have you ever visited the Central Library in Downtown Seattle? Let’s take a look!   Seattle Central Library Stylishly dominating an entire block on 4th and 5th Avenue, it’s impossible not to feel awestruck as you approach the Seattle Central Library! The latest renovation opened in 2004 and has since attracted people from all over the world to photograph and explore the inside of this magnificent structure. Photo by @noah.kreyenhagen Photo by @equalmotion Photo by @ranasinghenuwanTake a trip inside and you’ll be inspired by the beauty and quirkiness found around every corner (look for the odd, egg-shaped talking heads as you ascend the escalator!). The library carries over 1 million items, with close to 10,000 shelves devoted to books. Whether you’re there for research or...

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Duck Diaries: Volume VI 0

Duck Diaries: Volume VI

Posted by on Mar 5, 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 Captain Bjorn Toorun and Tour Guide Heidi Claire! These two are Ride the Duck’s dynamic duo–and if you’re ever on tour with them both at the same time, be ready for the best tour ever! When they aren’t quacking up guests on board, they love to gather a group and learn more about the sights that can be seen along the tour route. This time, the two of them test drove a Tesla! Follow along as Captain Bjorn shares their Tesla adventure!   Tesla Test Drive   I have been a Tour Guide and a Captain for Ride the Ducks for six years and I’ve driven by the Tesla showroom hundreds, if not thousands, of times. I try to read up on...

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