The Rise of the DUKW

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

When you first arrive at Ride the Ducks of Seattle and witness first-hand a DUKW, most people think, “What is that? Is it a bus? Is it a boat?” Originally called the DUKW, it wasn’t nearly as much fun as it is now! It was designed by the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development to be a hard-working military vehicle, aiding the military in supply and troop transportation during WWII. Unfortunately, at first glance, it was rejected by the military! However, when a Coast Guard patrol boat ran aground in Provincetown, Massachusettes, seven servicemen were stranded on a sandbar. With winds up to 60 knots, rain and heavy surf, no other boats could reach the men. Luckily, a DUKW was in the area for a demonstration and when the military personnel witnessed the ease with which the DUKW maneuvered through the seas, the military opposition dissolved. Eventually, the DUKW would cross the English Channel, storm the beaches of Normandy, have an impactful effect in battles at Sicily and Salerno and here in Seattle, 70 years later, enjoy retirement, cruising Lake Union daily. For more in-depth information of the DUKW’s impact on military history, go to: https://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/history.htm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUKW...

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We Welcome Babies on Board!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Are you thinking of bringing your infant to Ride the Ducks? Great! We’d be happy to have them on board! The little tikes do require a ticket of their own, so be sure to purchase a Baby Ticket for only $1! Our Ducks are Coast Guard-certified vehicles with a maximum capacity of 37 souls on board, including the Captain. Whether you’re 6 months old or 100 years young, you’re a VIP at Ride the Ducks and you’ll need a ticket to board your tour. Will my little one need a car seat? The inside of the Duck is very similar to the inside of a school bus. There are 18 bench seats for two people each. For very young children, you are welcome to bring a car seat carrier, but it is not required and just like metro buses, there are no seatbelts onboard, so we recommend parents hold small children in their lap. Do little kids enjoy the tour? Of course! Ride the Ducks is great fun for the entire family! While young children may not remember how tall the Space Needle is, most often parents are surprised that their child was entertained for the full 90-minute tour. With music, clapping and the sights of Seattle whizzing by...

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Academy Awards

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

With the cameras, dresses, celebrities and the infamous red carpet, we imagine that the Academy Awards would be a fun event to attend! But, sadly… it’s not all a Life of Pi and Amour, we weren’t invited and we’re guessing you weren’t either. But, don’t be Les Miserables! There’s a Silver Linings Playbook! Seattle hosts the only Academy Award-sanctioned Oscar’s event in Washington State! Each year, the Starlight Children’s foundation Northwest hosts a gala at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, complete with red carpet, paparazzi and tuxedos galore! While you watch the live telecast of the 85th Annual Academy Award ceremony, you’ll enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner and Francis Ford Coppola wines. Plus, no commercials! During the commercial breaks, John Curley will MC a live auction with fantastic items! It’s a fun event that supports a great organization, we hope you will shoot for the stars like Lincoln and consider attending this event and supporting this great organization. The Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Ride the Ducks is proud to support this great organization throughout the year with events like Stuff the Duck and an annual Duck Tour from Swedish Medical Center...

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Beautiful Seattle

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

One of the many things that makes the Emerald City amazing is its true natural beauty surrounding the bustling metropolis. In our own backyard, you can take your sailboat on Lake Union for Duck Dodge or go water skiing on Lake Washington. Both waterways provide access to Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound through the Ballard Locks and less than 30 minutes from the city, there are beautiful ski resorts, like the Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens and Crystal Mountain, complete with the Mt. Rainier Gondola! During the winter, these mountains are covered in snow and during the summer, they offer some of the coolest hiking and biking trails in the Pacific Northwest. If you love to camp or climb, head up to Mt. Rainier or just enjoy its beauty as you drive south on I-5 on a sunny day. Love mountains? To the west, the Cascades peek through the clouds with their snow-capped beauty year-round.  Photo: David Rosen Whether it’s summer or winter, nature abounds in Seattle and over the next few weeks, we’d like to share it with you. Visit us on Facebook or on Instagram @RidetheDucksofSeattle! We’d love for you to connect with...

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Love is in the Air!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day is coming up and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events throughout Seattle! Whether you catch some award winning entertainment, run a 5K or witness octopuses falling in love, there’s something for everyone this Valentine’s day.  Valentine’s Day at Chihuly Garden and Glass Celebrate with a romantic, multi-course dinner for two, including valet, champagne toast, a bottle of wine and live music. Tour the galleries and garden after dinner, plus take home a commemorative keepsake.  February 14th, 5-9pm.  Octopus Blind Date at the Seattle Aquarium Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium kicks off with a romantic evening… featuring 16 arms, six hearts (octopuses have three hearts each!) and two giant Pacific octopuses! Watch as these two love-birds meet on Valentine’s day, complete with romantic music, roses and decorations at the exhibit! February 14th, 12pm. Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum Join the museum as they decorate cards to send off to a local retirement community, and learn some rhythm and rhyming along the way. You can also weave your own heart shaped basket! February 14th. You Make My Heart Go ZinZanni! Valentine’s Day at Teatro ZinZanni Celebrate with Love, Chaos and Dinner, plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of dinner, circus...

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All Dressed Up For Winter

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Whether it’s a chill in the air or the rain on our roof, weather doesn’t spoil our fun at Ride the Ducks! As a guest on the Ducks, we want to make sure you have a splish-splashy fun time and stay dry – even when the weatherman dishes out a drizzly forecast. On those all too common chilly, rainy days, our Ducks are prepared to make sure our guests ride in comfort. The Ducks have curtains to cover the large windows and throughout the winter, we have you covered – literally – with Army-issued wool blankets. So, when cabin fever begins to set in, come out to cruise around town while staying dry and toasty on a Duck. In case of inclement weather that leads us to cancel our tours for the day, we’ll announce it on our Facebook page and do our best to reach out to guests with...

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