- $34 for an amphibious city tour for two (up to a $54 value)
On each approximately 70-minute tour, captains guide amphibious vessels down Philadelphia's streets and through the historic square mile, as well as in and out of the Delaware River. Along the way, passengers take in 100 landmarks, including sights such as the Philadelphia Mint, Battleship New Jersey, and Adventure Aquarium while captains enrich the experience with informative narration. Tours depart from the Independence Mall area at 6th and Chestnut Streets, just across from the Liberty Bell.
Ride The Ducks
Part of the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation—which also operates amusement destinations such as Dollywood and San Francisco's Classic Cable Car Sightseeing—Ride The Ducks ranks among the nation's largest amphibious-tour operators and is Philadelphia's only land and water experience. Captains welcome guests aboard amphibious vessels based on a 1940s General Motors military vehicle called the DUKW that served as an indispensable resource to both General Patton and General Eisenhower during World War II.
At Ride The Ducks' five locations—Branson, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Stone Mountain, and Newport—these vessels roam the streets and glide in and out of local waterways to give passengers views of each city's most noteworthy sights, from the Liberty Bell to the Bay Bridge. The captains narrate each tour as well as encourage guests to make calls with Wacky Quackers, provided they say nothing rude in duck language. Every vessel maintains US Coast Guard standards, such as maintaining a plentiful stock of personal flotation devices.
The trip around the city is informative and entertaining, I learned a lot about what I might want to visit in the future.Carol B, TripAdvisor, 8/18/13
A must do in Philadelphia!... Who doesn't like to say they rode a bus that could float in water?Jones C., Yelp!, 8/19/13