Duck Tours, Boston
This really isn't a "trap" so to speak, but a very touristy thing to do. The Ducks are actually half truck, half boat vehicles used during World War II for allied invasions over beaches. This multi-purpose vehicle has been adapted to the tourism industry in a number of cities in the U.S. where streets and waterways are used for the tour route. In Boston, the long trucks are a bit much in the narrow, traffic jammed streets and I have no idea how the tour operators remain clam when driving...
Unique Suggestions: If you like city tours and have never been to Boston, visitors should actually do this tour. It's about 90 minutes long covers most of the major sights in downtown Boston covering all the "firsts" Boston is famous for. After bouncing around the city, the Duck Tour will then pull around to a boat launch near Charlestown and actually enter into the Charles River. Passing through the locks near the Museum of Science, the Duck Tour will continue along the Boston side of the Charles River passing under the Longfellow Bridge before returning to the streets.
I have never been on it, but I have been harrassed by the little brats on it...quacking at me, pointing and calling me names..it's so lame and annoying. It's probably a good tourist thing, but beelive me, tell anyone you went on ti, and you look like a out-of-towner who doesn't know their way around Boston.
Unique Suggestions: Bring a camera and don't harrass the passerbys.
Fun Alternatives: If it's summer, go to the Swan Tour(around $10) in Cambridge side Galleria Mall, NICE! Or the Swan Tour ($3?)at The Boston Commons. You ride in a boat in our little lakes.
This tour takes you around the city in a reconditioned W.W.II amphibious landing vehicle, passing by the main historical landmarks of the city, and then splashes into the Charles river to have a view of the city from the water. This is in fact what is most appealing of this tour: the land-and-water journey, and the fact that the vehicles are historical themselves. However, I think it's a bit pricey and the historical data provided by the tour guides is rather scarce. I know that a tour loaded with info can get a bit boring too, but I felt that this tour was rather "light" and only gives you a rough idea about the buildings, monuments and facts related to Boston.
Another thing which made me feel rather silly was that the drivers make you "quack" a few times along the tour and that really does make you look like a silly tourist touring the Boston streets and behaving childishly, or at least that is my opinion and I didn't feel comfortable being stared and smirked at by the locals LOL.... but that's a matter of personal taste so if you don't mind looking and behaving really tourist-like then you will most likely enjoy it.
Unique Suggestions: This is one of the top attractions in Boston. Therefore the tickets sell out fast - especially during peak season - and the line to get into the vehicles is long because people arrive to the boarding area as early as possible to catch the best seats; most of the cars have a small area in the open air (i.e. not covered) and the rest of the seats are under cover.
If you decide to take the tour buy your tickets well in advance (they can also be reserved online for an extra fee) so you can still find vacant seats in the tour of your date/time of preference. I think there's a tour every hour or so and they depart from 2 different locations. And get there at least half an hour before the departure time so you can get good seats.
DUCK TOURS...billed as 'Boston's Only Land and Water Tour'. The 'ducks' are renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicles! Kind of a cheesy idea, but still a fun ride.... 'Ducks' depart frequently from the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay; for more information, please call 1-617-723-3825 or visit www.bostonducktours.com
the 'famous' Duck Boat tours- Okay do you really want to ride around the Back Bay (and briefly in it) in a big pink boat on wheels?! If so, then head to the Prudential Bldg. Otherwise, skip it.