Ride The Ducks Seattle Sightseeing Tour

By Tim Kroeger August 3, 2015 North America, United States

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Today I went on a “Ride The Ducks Seattle” Sightseeing Tour in Seattle. It was a different, a fun way to explore a new city and I have enjoyed it pretty much.

The Ducks, originally called DUKW, are actually amphibious landing crafts used by the US army during World War II. They were designed to transport cargo from ships at sea to the mainland. Read more about the history here.


The tour started at Westlake Center from where we headed to Lake Union and crossed the Aurora Bridge where we enjoyed a beautiful view on Mount Rainier and Lake Union.

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My personal highlight was when we splashed into Lake Union from where we had a breathtaking view on Seattle’s skyline. After half an hour we were back on the mainland and continued our way passing by the famous Space Needle and Seattle’s Waterfront. The tour continued through the Historic District and ended again in Seattle Downtown.

Shortly before going into the water.
Shortly before going into the water.

Riding The Ducks is a party on wheels… that floats! Our guide was cracking jokes throughout the whole tour and playing music clips. He encouraged us to sing, dance and wave at pedestrians. With a group of fun people who is into that kind of tour it is definitely a cool activity.

Ride The Ducks Seattle


The Duck floating in the water.
The Duck floating in the water.
Back to the mainland.
Back to the mainland.
The party goes on.
The party goes on.

Useful Information

Length of the tour: 90 minutes (One hour on land and about half an hour in the water)

Start of the tour: Seattle Center or Westlake Center


Adults – $29 + taxes

Children (3 to 12) – $18 + taxes

Infants (0 to 2) – $1 + taxes

Have you been on a “Ride The Ducks Tour”? If yes, where and how did you like it?

Disclaimer: I was provided with the tickets to take the “Ride The Ducks Tour” in Seattle. No other compensation has been provided. My opinion, as always, is solely my own. I have enjoyed this tour and think it’s a nice and different way to explore Seattle. 


  1. Karla Ramos September 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I believe tour guides can make or break a tour. I love tour guides who can entertain a crowd. Lucky you got one :)

  2. Sarah Martin September 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Ah I saw these when I was in Seattle last week, but felt it might make me feel like too much of a toursit, so I didn't do it. Great to know I missed something good :)

  3. Travel Monkey September 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    That boat on wheels looks wicked! Never been to Seattle, but maybe it's a thing to try when I'm there.

  4. Continental Drifters September 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Excellent, we have a similar one in Dublin – the Viking Splash Tours. Really great fun, everyone dresses up as a Viking and roars at bewildered passers by :)

  5. Paul Marshman September 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Looks like a fine ride. We had a similar one in Toronto but it's disappeared. Maybe it sprung a leak ….

  6. Tim OCallaghan September 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    That is funny that you went and did this. I have seen them in Chicago and San Francisco but never went for a ride. Now I am thinking I will take the plunge…got to be good for a laugh.

  7. Anne Grace Miras Apostol September 5, 2015 at 11:35 am - Reply

    So looking forward to riding the ducks should I make it to Seattle someday!

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