Ride the Ducks
Ride the Ducks
South Baltimoreview website
25 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ride the Ducks Description
Get a crash course in Baltimore history and culture while aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle. This lively 80-minute trip takes kids from the touristy Inner Harbor through several of downtown Baltimore's neighborhoods, pointing out monuments, landmarks, and arts and sports venues, all while providing historical context and spicing it up with a big dose of fun. The splash-down into the Inner Harbor is a stomach-twisting moment of truth, one that plasters smiles on the faces of everyone aboard when the hulking vehicle does, indeed, float.
Babies: This is not an opportunity for napping, unless your babe can sleep through 30-plus people quacking wildly and engines roaring.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The tour is a bit long for kids this age, who may become antsy before the first hour is up. Choose the last row of seats when you board to take advantage of the additional room.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Although they may be hesitant about taking the tour at first, even young adults will enjoy the ride. The energy of the tour guides is contagious, and their presentation is so wittily delivered that teens will be laughing along at the corny jokes, too.
- Around-town discounts. Hold on to your Wacky Quacker (free with every ride) after the trip. It's good for discounts at several area restaurants and attractions, including Port Discovery, the B & O Railway Museum, the National Aquarium, and more.
- Crazy for quackers. Your children will love the Wacky Quacker. You may not notice it before your tour, but everywhere you go in the Inner Harbor kids are quacking away long after the tour's over. Save yourself from potential headaches and pocket the quacker after your tour's over.
- Seating selections. If possible, choose a seat in the middle of the vehicle when you board. They're right under the speakers (great for hearing the details of the tour), and away from the noisy engines in back that propel the vehicle during the water portion of the tour. The very last row of seats have an advantage, though: the steps between them convert into a bench when the tour commences, which gives you a little more room to spread out.
- Stroller storage. Strollers must be left behind when you board. There's no secured storage, but they can be left near where the staff members collect tickets.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tours run daily mid-March through November. Check the Web site for a complete schedule.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours