It’s funny how you can grow up in an area, and never experience it through a tourist’s eyes.
On Saturday my family was invited to Ride the Ducks in San Francisco, and we had a quack-tastic time. If you’re a local, and have never been, it’s a fun, funny family adventure.
Quick side note. Our reservation was for 1 pm. We’re from Sacramento and the trip is at least 2 hours to San Francisco. Of course, I didn’t plan for the three accidents we had to mosey through, and then forgot that once you’re driving on Embarcadero, that it takes 15-20 minutes to move a mile.
I called Ride the Ducks, and they arranged for us to board the 1:30 pm ride. Of course, by the time we found parking, and got to the boarding zone, it was 1:30 pm and the duck mobile had left. They are prompt. Thankfully, they had room on the 2pm ride. The customer service was great. As a tip, budget enough time. When they suggest being there 15-30 minutes before your tour, it’s a good idea.
The tour is 90 minutes, with 25 of those minutes in McCovey Cove. Before you board, a photographer will snap your photo, which you can purchase at the end of the ride. We did, because I am a sucker for those things.
You’ll also receive one of Ride the Ducks’ Wacky Quackers®. It’s the gift that just keeps on giving. I really enjoyed quacking at people on the street with my daughters. We felt like we were in our own parade. Truly.
Captain John, who took us on our tour, sprinkled in music, humor, and history throughout. My husband was chuckling along, so I knew the jokes hit gold.
Ride the Ducks tour takes you through:
- Union Square
- Ghirardelli Square
- North Beach
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- South Beach
- The Ferry Building
- The Transamerica Pyramid
When you splash down into McCovey cove you might see sea lions, or seals, and even some sail boats. We did. There’s something healing, peaceful, and wonderful about being out on the water. I can never get enough of it.
On the bay portion of the tour you’ll view:
- City Skyline
- Bay Bridge
- AT&T Ballpark
- McCovey Cove
You might even get to take a turn steering the duck mobile.
Here’s an old, rusted, dry dock.
AT&T Park – one of the most gorgeous ballparks, in my opinion.
It was a quackerific time. We’ve never seen San Francisco in quite this way before. This city is filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered.
ps. Ride the Ducks provided four tour tickets for my family. Any opinions, enthusiasm, and general quacks are entirely mine.