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Boston Duck Tours - Abbreviated Tour

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Don't be surprised when your tour guide invites you to quack at passersby … and they quack back. This is the same fun duck tour in just under an hour, leaving from the New England Aquarium. The highlight? When this transformed World War II landing craft wheels up to the edge of the Charles River … and drives right in.

You've got to love a tour guide who encourages you to quack at passersby (who sometimes quack back). The Boston Duck Tours combine high-energy fun with a unique perspective on all the history that makes Boston a great town. During the 55-minute tour, you'll pass many of Boston's top sights, such as the Old State House, Quincy Market, Bunker Hill, and much more. Then, just when you think you've seen it all, the World War II style landing craft you've been riding in takes you to the edge of the Charles River... and drives right in! Your tour bus becomes a tour boat, and you get a duck's-eye view of Boston and Cambridge from the water.

Sights you’ll see along the way:

  • New England Aquarium
  • Long Wharf
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway/Wharf District Parks
  • Custom House
  • Old State House
  • Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • West End
  • TD Banknorth Garden
  • Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
  • Museum of Science
  • Charles River
  • Longfellow Bridge
  • Esplanade
  • Hatch Shell
  • Bunker Hill
  • U.S.S. Constitution
  • Old North Church/North End
  • Post Office Square
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base
  • Battery Wharf
  • Christopher Columbus Park

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Duck Boats!!!!
By kaitmeg Verified Reviewer from point pleasant, nj on
Pros:
Kids loved this
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
For whole family
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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My kids enjoyed the duck boat tour, they loved everything about it and even got to drive the boat while it was in the water

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By Jessica Verified Reviewer from Fall River, MA - LA, CA on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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We traveled with 4 young kids 12 and under. The so called customer service was no where to be found . The guy who was working with Drew on July 6 at Prudential stop was extremely rude to "explain" the rules on Boston Explorer tickets. Kept telling us to "go away" instead of explaining nicely about the rules. Kept telling my friend to direct her "anger" at someone else even though she wasn't angry and was trying to tell him that we did not see the rules and that was why we came to the stop instead of the Aquarium stop. He just wanted to "shoo" us away and not to deal with us. We commended about that was not the way you should treat the customers or provide customer service. He replied he was not customer service and he does not work for Boston Explorer but Duck Tour. He could care less about assisting anyone. If Duck Tour hires this type of person, the company should not be part of your program at all.

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Boston Duck Tours - Abbreviated Tour details

  • Seasonal attraction
Phone: 617-267-DUCK (617-267-3825)
Address
1 Central Wharf
Departures from the New England Aquarium only
Boston, MA 2110
Hours

Tours start at 3:00 pm and the last tour from the New England Aquarium will vary from 8 p.m until 9:30 p.m. depending on the date. Tours are available on the following days:

April: Saturdays and Sundays only;May: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only;June, July and August: Daily;September and October: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
Note
Explorer Pass offers free standby admission to the Duck Tour departing from theNew England Aquarium as a premier choice. Standby tickets are typically released 10 minutes prior to a tour's departure and are subject to availability. Tours can fill up during the Summer and Holiday Weekends. The Duck Tour does offer reservations to guarantee a seat for an additional $5 per person charge paid directly to Duck Tours. See the Important Info" tab above to get details."
Closings
January,February,November,and December. May be closed major U.S. holidays.
  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and transportation

Address
1 Central Wharf
Departures from the New England Aquarium only
Boston, MA 2110
Public Transportation
Take the T: Blue Line to the Aquarium stop.

Admission and Offer Information

Reservations Recommended

There are two easy ways to use your Go Select pass to reserve an Abbreviated Boston Duck Tour.

1. By phone: up to 30 days in advance at 617-450-0068 (subject to a $5 booking fee per person).

2. In person: at the Duck Tour booth located at the New England Aquarium (same day, space available bookings only).

If booking your tour in advance via phone, your credit card will be charged the full retail rate of the tour, plus a $5 booking fee per person. When you have presented your valid Go Select pass at the ticket booth at the time of the tour, your credit card will be reimbursed in full, less the $5 booking fee (you do not need to have your credit card with you). All bookings are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Getting In

This tour leaves after 3:00 pm from the New England Aquarium.

The Boston Duck Tour ticket booth is located outside the New England Aquarium in the Whale Watch booth. Present your pass to any Duck Tour ticket agent.

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