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Boston Duck Tour - Original

4.8/5 4 Reviews
Gate Prices Adult $37.79
Child $26.24

The Boston Duck Tours provide high-energy fun with a unique perspective on the history of Boston. Explore the streets of Beantown on a World War II style landing craft. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, your guide takes you to the edge of the Charles River…and drives right in for a ducks-eye view of Cambridge and Boston!

There are 3 departure points. CHOOSE from:

  • Museum of Science - Original Duck Tour (80 minutes)
  • Prudential Center - Original Duck Tour (80 minutes)
  • New England Aquarium - Abbreviated Duck Tour (60 minutes)

Your Boston Duck Tour will take you past the famous gold-domed State House, the trendy shopping district on Newbury Street, the politically-charged and geographically-challenged Beacon Hill neighborhood, and so much more! And right at the point when a more conventional and less animated tour would end, your driver will navigate your World War II-style landing craft right to the edge of the Charles River… and keep driving, turning your tour bus into a…well, a duck! Get ready to lose your inhibitions and quack your heart out at the other duck tour boats you pass--the ducks all seem to know each other!

Once in the water, you’ll have a duck’s-eye-view of Boston as well as neighboring Cambridge--home of MIT, Harvard, and loads of historic hotspots. The two distinct towns are neatly divided by the Charles River, and on your Duck Tour, you’ll have the chance to see both. What other sights might you see, courtesy of your high-energy and uniquely clad “ConDUCKtor”? While each tour is different, here’s a preview of many of the sights:

  • Trinity Church
  • Hancock Tower
  • Prudential Center
  • Boston Common & Boston Public Garden
  • “Cheers”
  • Robert Gould Shaw Civil War Memorial
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Union Oyster House (purported to be the oldest restaurant in America)
  • TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics)
  • Bunker Hill Monument & Historic Charlestown
  • USS Constitution
  • Leonard P. Zakim Cable Bridge (the world’s widest bridge of its kind, with a beautiful Atlantic backdrop)
  • Old North Church & The Italian North End
  • King’s Chapel & Granary Burying Ground (burial site of three signors of the Declaration of Independence)

Climb aboard a super-cool amphibious tour vehicle that is part boat, part bus, and a whole lot of duck. Get to know your Boston tour-guide, who is also a licensed boat operator and will guarantee you a whole lot of laughs and a memorable trip that promises a “quacky” and fun look at Beantown and its attractions!

Reservations

There are two easy ways to use your Go Boston Card to book a Boston Duck Tour:

  1. By phone: up to 30 days in advance at 617-450-0068 (subject to $3.50 booking fee per person).
  2. In person: at the departure locations (same-day bookings only).

Hours

Go Select Boston accepted during these times.
Museum of Science: March 21–Nov. 29, 9:00am–1hr before sunset Departing every 1hr (every 30 minutes during the summer).
Prudential Center: March 17–Nov. 29, 9:00am–1hr before sunset departing every 30 minutes.
New England Aquarium: April-June 15, Daily Monday-Friday starting at 3:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 12:00pm. June 16-September 2, Daily starting at 12:00pm. September 3-Oct 31, Daily starting at 9:00am

Closings

December 1 - March 17
Thanksgiving Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Address

3 departure locations: Museum of Science OR Inside the Shops at the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street OR 1 Central Wharf - New England Aquarium.
Boston, MA

Public Transportation

Take the T: Museum of Science: Green Line “Lechmere” train to Science Park stop. Shops at the Prudential Center: Green Line “E” train to Prudential stop. The Duck Tour booth is across from Barnes & Noble. New England Aquarium. Take the T: Blue Line to the Aquarium stop.
 

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 4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 customer ratings)
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The BEST!
By Floridian Family Verified Reviewer from Fleming Island, FL on
Pros:
Entertaining, Family friendly, fun

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston Duck Tour - Original:

I am superbly impressed with this tour. On the day we went the river was unstable and were only on land - but they offered for all of us to return for the another/better day and still honor the original tickets. My kids LOVED our guide - Duck Tape-Somebody. He told good jokes, kept it interactive and kept the historical details at the fore front. My kids are 6, 9 and 15. We all had a blast. Worth every penny!

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fun time
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
Entertaining, EASY TO FIND, Relaxing
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston Duck Tour - Original:

this was a fun time... we did the tour twice... we had a different driver each time and they were both very entertaining while driving around the city ... nice job fella

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We loved this!
By difort Verified Reviewer from Ohio on
Pros:
Must do, the best, Our favorite
Cons:
Absolutely none,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston Duck Tour - Original:

We loved this event! We would love to do this all over again. Our guide was a riot -- they all are. It was educational, silly, fun, unique; it was great!

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Great buy and I would buy it again!
By Irissa Verified Reviewer from Dallas, TX on
Pros:
Great price, Awesome sights, Entertaining, Knowledgeable
Cons:
none,
Best Uses:
See the city on a boat, Great history of the city,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston Duck Tour - Original:

I came to Boston with a friend who had never been and this was a great way to see the city in short time and get the history on it.

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