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Boston Duck Tour

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You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to this tour. The fun begins as soon as you board your "DUCK," an authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicle, renovated for sightseeing. First, you'll be greeted by one of the legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who'll be narrating the tour.

Then you're off on a journey like you've never had before. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts! View such sights as the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. As the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving lots of little known facts and interesting insights about the unique and wonderful city of Boston.

Boston Duck Tour Details

Length: 80 minutes


9:00 am to approximately one hour before sunset (ticket booth opens at 8:30 am)

8:30 am time on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. Tours leave every 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the season (Mid March to Early December)

Please Note: Specific tour times are not guaranteed until you reconfirm your reservation as noted on your E-Ticket.


48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Strongly Recommended. Specific tour times are not guaranteed until you reconfirm your reservation as noted on your E-Ticket. All children must be ticketed. No hotel pickup. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Boston Duck Tour Description

And just when you think you've seen it all, there's more. It's time for "Splashdown" as your ConDUCKtor splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won't get anywhere else. So get ready for the ride of your life. Hop on a Boston Duck Tour.


This tour is now also offered with live English narration and pre-recorded narration via audio headsets in 7 other languages (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese). These tours ONLY depart from the Prudential Center on the following schedule:

  • (5 Ducks) 2 ducks depart every odd hour, one duck departs every even hour, one duck departs every odd half hour, one duck departs every even half hour (9:00-6:30)

History of the DUKW Amphibious Vehicle

During the early days of World War ll, the allies were faced with a tough tactical problem: how could they unload cargo and men from their ships in places where the dock facilities had been destroyed or simply did not exist? The answer was to unload cargo directly over the beach. But how?

The demands of war, along with technical know-how and old fashioned Yankee ingenuity combined to create the perfect solution: a vehicle that was half boat and half truck that could run on land and water. Code-named DUKW (see where we get the name?), the first "DUCK" was actually a GMC truck enclosed in a water-tight shell.

It wasn't long before DUKWs were playing a crucial role in the allied invasions in Sicily, the Pacific, and the biggest invasion of all, D-Day. In fact, more than 40% of all over-beach supplies in Normandy were transported by DUKWs during the first four months. So today, you're not only having the ride of your life, you're riding on a proud part of American history.


How many passengers does the boat hold? -- 36 passengers

Is hotel pickup provided? -- NO hotel pickup is provided for this tour. Although your hotel name & address is requested at the time of booking, this is only necessary in the event that you must be contacted prior to the tour and is not required. A cell phone or telephone number is also acceptable as a contact method.

How long does the tour last? -- Approximately 80 minutes

Are the Ducks wheelchair accessible? -- Absolutely! Each Duck in the fleet is equipped to have up to two wheelchairs strapped onto the back deck. Wheelchairs are boarded first along with one guest in your party. Other guests in your party will board in the order in which they arrived and where they are in the line. Guests also have the option of transferring into one of the seats. A Guest Service Representative will gladly set up the wheelchair lift to assist those guests who are not in a wheelchair, but are unable to climb stairs. If you or someone in your party requires assistance, there will be contact information on your E-ticket so you can make arrangements prior to your arrival.

Can you get on and off the Duck? -- No. The tour is a full 80 minutes without stops along the route. Although there are no stops during the 80-minute tour, there are restrooms conveniently located inside the Prudential Center and the Museum of Science.

What is the refund policy? -- There are no refunds unless Mother Nature makes it best not to offer the water portion of the tour. If that occurs, half the ticket price will be refunded upon request.

Is it appropriate to give ConDUCKtors a gratuity? -- Gratuities are certainly appreciated for a job well done - at the discretion of the guest.

Do you get wet on the tour? -- While The DUCKS do splash into the Charles River, you will not get wet. You may, however, get a light spray on the River depending upon the direction and strength of the wind. All DUCKS are heated and enclosed by a canopy and DUCKS run rain or shine.

How long are we on the water? -- The water portion is approximately 20 minutes of the 80-minute tour.

Can we bring liquor on board? -- No, insurance regulations do not allow alcohol on board the DUCK. Rights are reserved to refuse boarding of or terminate the tour for any guest who appears to be intoxicated.

How do you get the back outside seats? -- Seating is first-come, first-served, so it is suggested that you show up at least 30 minutes prior to the tour to get your desired seats. Please keep in mind that 9 of the 24 vehicles do not have an outside seating section, so if you happen to get one of those DUCKS, everyone will be seated undercover.

Do we need a seat for my baby? -- Yes, you are required to get a ticket for any child under 3.

Are pets allowed on the Duck? -- Only service animals are permitted on the tour.

What should we wear? Are the Ducks heated? -- Although the Ducks are heated and may be enclosed, you should dress appropriately for the weather on the day of the tour. It is often breezy on the Charles River.

Are guests allowed to drive on the Charles River? -- It is up to the Boston DUCKS ConDUCKtor to determine if he/she will allow guests to steer the Duck on the Charles River.

Will there be a place to store my child's stroller? -- Yes, a BOSTON DUCKS Guest Service Representative will take your stroller for you during the tour and return it once the tour has ended.

Does the tour go past certain sites? --Points of interest are determined; however, in the event of construction, traffic, parades or other events, the route may be altered.

Are there any Boston Duck Tour ticket holder benefits? -- When you first arrive for your tour, be sure to request a tour brochure and a Museum of Science coupon sheet. Both offer valuable discounts for guests taking one of the Boston DUCK tours. You will also receive a complimentary city guide when you check in for your tour.

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48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Strongly Recommended. Specific tour times are not guaranteed until you reconfirm your reservation as noted on your E-Ticket. All children must be ticketed. No hotel pickup. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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5.0 / 5
Everything was well handled. We all had a good time.
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Easy to do
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loved seeing boston from the water
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Nothing to add to previous note
5.0 / 5
The tour was great and the people at Boston Duck Tour were great. Great fun and something everyone going to Boston should check out.
5.0 / 5
I have already submitted my review for the was great in all ways!
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Appreciated benefit and convenience of service.
5.0 / 5
Good experience. No problems. Recommend to friends and relatives.
5.0 / 5
I'd recommend it to anyone who visits Boston.
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