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Five Things to Know About Boston Duck Tours
One of the best parts about taking a Boston Duck Tour is the cheesiness. Passengers are encouraged to quack as they board these bus-boat hybrids that navigate both the city streets and the Charles River. But despite the frivolity, guests still get a good overview of the city and learn about the history that seems to permeate every block. Read on to learn more about what makes the tours so interesting:
The ducks are based on WWII vehicles. These amphibious vehicles were used during the war to transport troops over both land and water.
Tourgoers see more than 30 landmarks. Depending on the route, sightseers may spot the USS Constitution, Beacon Hill, and the bar where exterior scenes for Cheers were shot.
The tour guides all have flamboyant personalities. Called "conDUCKtors," the guides go by punny names such as "The Codfather" and "Amelia Airhead."
ConDUCKtors know how to quack in 10 languages. Tours are led in English, but an audio program can impart info in nine other languages, including Spanish, German, and Mandarin.
The tour includes discounts at spots all around Boston. Just show your ticket to save money at the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and all sorts of stores and restaurants.
An antique paddleboat churns the water. Its gleaming white hull cuts through gentle waves and reflects the sun. Passengers gaze out of lower-level windows or rest their arms along the railings on an open upper level, where they stand sheltered from the weather by a striped fabric canopy. Cruise Boston_’s captains ferry visitors through the Boston Harbor along the city's waterfront and up and down the winding Charles River aboard this antique vessel and the _Henry Longfellow, a powered one-story tour boat. On sightseeing tours guides divulge the history behind the city and its waterfront buildings, explaining why most opted to construct stairs instead of water slides, as they pass the USS Constitution, Long Wharf, Bunker Hill, Back Bay, and Fenway Park. During warmer weather captains also pilot tours at sunset—during which bartenders sling cocktails from a full on-board bar, and summery music wafts from the deck and into the night.
Launched in 1948 by Chicago shipwright Henry C. Grebe, the Full Moon is an antique, 65-foot motor yacht that ravels constantly. In the winters, it cruises the waters of southern Florida, but it returns to New England once it gets warmer, taking passengers on voyages throughout Boston Harbor. Onboard the Full Moon, passengers can take in skyline views and sunset vistas from the sea.
The refitted vessel features wooden decks and varnished rails, as well as intimate gathering areas and seating scattered across the boat. A sun-soaked bow presents passengers with unblocked views of the surroundings. The covered aft deck and indoor salon areas let passengers relax away from the elements.
Boston Duck Tours’ conductors helm a fleet of restored World War II–era style amphibious vehicles. These DUKWs were originally used to usher soldiers and supplies from sea to land, the vehicles now enjoy a cheerier, award-winning career rumbling down the streets of Boston and slapping speeding tickets on mallard ducks in the Charles River. The amphibious vehicles hold up to 36 guests in their open-air back decks for 360-degree views of the cityscape.
With all of New York spread before you, it can be hard to decide which restaurants, historical landmarks, and haunted alleyways to check out. That's where Best Tours comes in. Walking tours hike through the city's many chocolatiers, pizzerias, and the hippest restaurants of Williamsburg. Chauffeured tours cover not only fine dining but also ghostly haunts and a highly enigmatic Secrets of New York tour. And then there's the helicopter tour, offering a bird's eye view of the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge, and shows off the city's lesser known clouds.