When Ride the Ducks contacted me to take another ride with my girls, I knew I needed to bring some friends to join us. I knew they’d provide a fresh perspective, and I love sharing good experiences with great people.
If you’re going, be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before your reservation. If you book ahead of time, make sure to have your confirmation number in case the check-in center needs verification. You can also purchase tickets at the Ride the Ducks ticket counter on the day of.
After check-in you’ll line up to board the DUKW. You’ll receive a quacker, and the Ride the Ducks photographers will capture a photo of your group. You can purchase their photo packages after the trip. If you want to take a photo yourself, they occasionally will let you, but according them, they can’t take the photo with your phone for you.
Once you’re aboard, you’ll meet your captain. The captain will give you a brief orientation related to safety, fun, life jackets, and remind you that the people you see on your tour, you’ll likely not see them again, so quack away.
For our second trip on Ride the Ducks we noticed some things we hadn’t before. For example, there was a mom with a very young baby onboard, I don’t recommend bringing babies on Ride the Ducks. The ride is at least 90 minutes long and there will be a lot of quacking noise aboard. The poor mom was covering the ears of her baby boy, and he was tired, and couldn’t get a wink of sleep. Then he cried because he desperately needed a change of diaper. By the end of the ride, the poor mother was at her wits end.
When you decide to join Ride the Ducks, you also have to be prepared for folks completely oblivious to others. There was a family with two boys who wouldn’t stop quacking. Perhaps they didn’t notice, or purposefully chose to ignore the baby crying at the end of the tour, and the young kids who were tired, and were covering their ears from the family’s incessant quacking. At one point I heard the mother try to temper her boys’ quacking, only to have her husband get his dander up, and join his sons in the racket.
While we enjoy, and have fun quacking along with everyone at the beginning of the tour, after an hour, we’ve about had it with the noise, and we want to enjoy the view, and listen to the interesting facts.
The kids enjoyed the chance to drive the DUKW. It’s such a nice touch that they let any child that wants to the opportunity.
My friends and I think Ride the Ducks would make a bundle if they sold ear plugs on the ride, and perhaps some cold drinks. We all enjoyed the facts shared by our captain on the tour. Facts like…
Horses used to fall down that steep hill, so badly, that they’d have to be put down. So, to solve the problem, they made Lombard street crooked, so the horses wouldn’t trott to their deaths. Now it’s a fun tourist place to drive down.
By the end of the ride my little one was plain tuckered out by the end of the ride.
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Ride the Ducks provided tickets for my family. All opinions and observations are my own.