Duck Tours, Boston
if the Bus Trolley Hop On Hop off Tours around boston is not enough, you can also do the Boston Duck Tours wherein you will ride a large amphibian vehicle for about 80 minutes and have a guided tour around boston and including a cruise along the Charles River. Among the sites you will see are 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. There are many Duck Tour Companies operating in boston and the areas where it start are at Prudential Center, Museum Center and New England Aquarium or at Copley Place (where many tour agencies have their offices)
You can buy tickets at these sites or online and price is about $ 34 to 38 for adults and $ 29 to 31 for children.
Well, we all have to be a tourist sometimes!!!
I thought this was going to be terribly cheesy but in the end I quite enjoyed the trip and the childish jokes of the driver were not too aweful. The tour enables you to see aspects of Boston, like the River Charles and the Boston scenery from the River Charlesand the driver/guides do have a reasonably good knowledge of the history of the small bit of the city that you are shown.
In the end I think the tour is worth the money but it is not cheap.
My 17 year old grandson said this was the highlight of our trip. We walked to the Museum of Science to take the tour. The museum is awesome also and if you have enough time, it is a must see.
The tours are $27.00 for adults. You sit in a large amphibious tank and head out to the streets of Boston. Our tour guide named Tim Burr (he has a story about that name) had us all quaking like ducks during the ride. It goes through Boston and is the best sightseeing tour around. Going into the water of the Charles River was the most exciting.
It does sound cheesey and it took me at least 3 visits but I eventually did a Duck Tour and it was Fun !
I was the only non-american on the boat.
The tour guide was great, very witty and informative really got everyone involved.
The tours book out really early so I would advise you to go on line and book your tickets, tickets are realised 5 days in advance. Also do go early to try and get a seat at the window
Only bad thing is that you are always moving withthe traffic so there is no time to take nice pics of the sights until you get into the water and then you get some lovely pics of the skyline.
Another bad thing is if you have a lot of kids on your tour as they generally have those annoying like plastic things you blow to get a quack noise. The kid on my tour wouldn't stop blowing it that sometimes I couldn't hear the guide. He was even doing it in people's ears
Although it may seem like a lame, touristy thing to do, I have to admit I thought it was great. You get a nice tour of the city guided by an informative and entertaining driver. The historical information and little-known facts about Boston's history that was provided along the tour made the trip for me. Everyone I have recommended this to has loved it.
When visiting the city, I recommend taking a ride on the Duck Tours.
The Duck Tours is fun, informative and a great way to view the city. The duck tours takes you through Back Bay, the Charles River, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and various areas on the Freedom Trail.
Everywhere you go in Boston, it seems you can see one of these Duck Tours driving down the road. Actually, there are three departure areas. Prudential Center, Museum of Science and New England Aquarium. Cost in 2015 for an 80 minute tour Adult $35.99, Senior $29.99, Child (3-11 years old) $24.99 and even babies $10.50 (which in my opinion is not fair). I'm not a fan of the "tour bus" but I do understand a lot of people like them. There are other tour buses in town, I've seen them. I can't say if one is better than the other but I imagine it's about the same. Another tour you can take in Boston is the Codzilla, high speed boat harbor tour.
Duck boat tours are a lot of fun and, in my opinion, necessary for the first timer to Boston. You get to go on this big, bad army... thing that drives you through the streets of Boston and then takes you into the dirty Charles. Sometimes the operator lets you drive it while youre in the water. I got to chase a sailboat.
They are pretty expensive ($20) so it is a one-time only thing usually, even though they try to make you come back again by having the tour guides have different personalities (Pirates, puritans, etc)
The Duck tours the streets of Boston with your driver as guide.
It takes to the Cambridge River on part of the tour.
It carrys around 15 people.
With their tickets and reservations the girls were waiting for the Duck Tours departure. Covered banks allowed to wait protected against the rain or the sun.
A departure each 30 mn.
The Boston Duck Tours takes you throughout Boston, on land and in water. The guides are a blast too.
Boston Duck Tours. The best way to get a tour of both land and water! I have been three times, and I live here! www.bostonducktours.com
A ticket costs $31 (adult); $21 (child, aged 3 - 11, $6 under the age of 3); $27 (full time student).
Wherever we go and especially if we are not staying too long we always take the city tour. A quick and great way to familiarise yourself with the city without walking for miles and getting lost