Gone On A Duck Tour


"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
--
Douglas Adams

If you've never heard of a duck tour before, you probably have seen one before and just didn't realize it. A duck tour is a tour that takes place on an amphibious truck that is either a repurposed DUKW from World War II or a custom built vehicle that was designed for touring.

The
San Francisco Ride The Ducks is one of a series of nationwide duck tour operators. They offered a Groupon for this earlier this year that J and I decided to jump on because we thought it looked fun. I made a reservation for today, and we went to the tour start this morning in Fisherman's Wharf. My friend Ryan also joined us for the day as well.


Upon boarding, we were given little quacker whistles that were in the shape of a duck bill. These were pretty fun to use during the tour, and we were encouraged to use them throughout the tour.


It was a beautiful day in the City, and the ships in the wharf looked great as we passed by them.


We drove by Aquatic Park, where some of the tourists got their first glimpse of Golden Gate Bridge on this tour.


There were also some pretty great views Lombard Street from North Beach.


Chinatown was busy as usual. People were getting their weekend shopping done.


Here's a place I did not know about before today. The
Hotel Utah Saloon was built in 1908, way before SOMA was the exciting area it is now. They host an open mic night on Mondays that has seen performances from Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and the Pickle Family Circus.


After a short drive through Mission Bay/China Basin, our captain gave us a few safety instructions about life vests. Soon after, our vehicle went into the water.


Out in the Bay, we got a few nice views of the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island.


We even got to take turns driving.


We spent a good amount of time on the water, which I thought was pretty awesome. Eventually, we turned around and drove up Embarcadero to get back. We got another great view of the Bay Bridge.


We got back to the Wharf, and the tour was over. This was a fun experience. I really enjoyed this tour because it combined a regular style bus tour with a boat trip on the Bay. Plus, our tour guide Captain Van was both knowledgeable and hilarious. I would totally recommend checking this out as either a tourist or a local.
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