We were offered the opportunity for our family of four to Ride the Ducks in San Francisco by the fantastic folks over at 510Families. We jumped at the chance because it’s always something we’d thought of doing when being a tourist in another town, so we took the opportunity to be tourists in our neck of the woods! We had a blast and it was a fun day in our area that we NEVER would have done otherwise.
The kids LOVED it. They especially loved the Duck whistles that we got to take home (they should have confiscated them as you deboard- they will disappear mysteriously in the near future). The girls aged almost 3 and 5 were really excited by seeing the city from an open aired vehicle and getting to wave at everyone! I felt a bit like we were tourists, but um... I suppose that’s what it’s about.
Tip: Our tour time was at 11:30 and we packed the girls a picnic lunch while on board to fight the boredom that can come with an hour and a half tour, though no boredom or wiggle worminess happened. Eating did happen, though.
The tour went through China Town, the Financial District and by ATT Park. It was a game day, so there was lots of action.
The kids' favorite part was when the bus turned into a boat and we went in the water. They loved the splash and thought it was really cool we were out in the bay. The highlight came though, when they took turns letting the kids drive the boat. The girls felt like little magic adults!
We went on a perfectly clear and warm day, a huge plus and stroke of luck in San Francisco. We took BART over from the East Bay to Embarcadero Station and then hopped on the F Market Street train down to the end of the line, where the Ducks are.
Luckily the Ducks have stroller parking where they lasso strollers together, so yours will be safe when you return. All in all it was very fun and I'd probably never do it again in this city, just because, it's one of those things that you only need to do once. I would recommend it for tourists or as an activity to take Mom and Dad out when they are visiting from out of town if they have the extra cash to do so.
Post photos and you could win a free ride!
The Ducks are currently running a campaign that focuses on the uniqueness of the interesting looking vehicle that Ride the Ducks uses. It's actually a former WWII amphibious vehicle, called a DUKW. It definitely looks a bit out of place on the streets of SF, so the Ducks would love to get people to capture pictures of either the vehicle or Splash the Duck (mascot) on the streets of SF. If you post pictures to (@sfridetheducks, #mythicmysteries, #SFAmphibian and #SplashintheWild!), you may be randomly selected to win a free tour for you and a friend. Check out the campaign video here.
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--- Disclaimer, I was not paid for this post, but we did get a free ride. Prices normally are: Adult (18 - 61) $35.00, Senior (62+) $32.00, Child (4-17) $25.00, Infant (0-3) Free, but must be ticketed.