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

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Blog

. Did you know that Seattle Duck Tours run year-round?! 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, downhill skiing, snowshoeing,...

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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

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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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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