It’s one of the first “touristy” things people will tell you to do in Boston. It involves going around the city on a bus-boat hybrid. It’s about as typical an activity an out-of-towner can take part in when visiting good old Beantown. It’s a Duck Tour.  And despite their cliched status, it’s a must.  Here are five reasons why we love them.

Departure Points

Duck Boats head out from three spots that are destinations of their own. Catch a show in the Museum of Science’s Planetarium, have lunch at the famed Prudential Center or check out the penguins at the New England Aquarium before your journey through Boston.

Land and Sea

This is a beautiful city great for tour buses and pedestrians to explore. But this coastal city is a boat lover’s paradise.  Its surf & turf versatility is the Duck Boat’s premier awesomeness factor.

The Attractions

See the historic Old West Church, scenic Rose Kennedy Greenway, famed Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, and so much more during this in-depth tour of the city. Lasting just 80 minutes, Duck Tours offer an incomparably streamlined look at what makes this place so special.

The Guides

Each rocking their own distinguished nickname — Dr. Fabulous, Amelia Airhead, Captain WeirdBeard, etc — the Boston Duck Tours’ guides are distinguished, funny, and quite knowledgable. Check out a tour and learn about the sites you’re seeing without falling asleep to a guy who sounds like the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.


One of the best parts about visiting a new city is collecting some kitschy, obvious souvenirs that you can rock back home. Grab a Duck Boat Dynasty t-shirt, Boston Duck Tour hat or shot glass following your day on this quintessential Boston tourist excursion.

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