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Not your ordinary SF tour- Ride the Ducks

A few sites you will see during a Ride the Ducks tour.
A few sites you will see during a Ride the Ducks tour.
Diane Davis

The official start of summer is a little over a week away, what are you going to do with the kids for the next couple of months? Not to mention the out of towners that want you to show them all of the sites? You may want to take a ride on the duck.

Ride the Ducks

It can get weird being a tourist in your own town, you feel like you've seen it all and the kids are not going to hang in there for a multi-hour museum tour. A ride on the duck is a good middle ground; it will hold the attention of locals, kids and tourists. Really, it's a car that floats in the bay. What's not to love?

Ride the Ducks has just added a bright orange boat, aptly named "The Great Pumpkin," to the fleet. The husband and I headed out to take in the sunshine and try out "The Great Pumpkin" last week. We spent our 90-minute ride with Captain Rogers, a man with a one of a kind humor, warm personality and a love of all things San Francisco. I will not ruin the surprise and recite any of the jokes, but rest assured there are plenty of jokes, some of them with a delightfully kitschy soundtrack. The tour hits all of the usual stops including a drive through Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square, and a roll by the Transamerica Pyramid.

Once the traditional sites are taken care of, it is time to head into the bay. The tour heads into the water at McCovey Cove, just behind AT&T Park. Once we splashed into the bay we were all given an opportunity to sit behind the wheel.

Tours leave from the 2766 Taylor Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, just down the street from Rainforest Café. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for kids. Check site for early booking discounts.

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