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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

By Boston Duck Tours
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About
Boston is best seen by land and water, and this duck tour takes you from Boston Common to the Charles River on a single excursion, all while riding in a rolling, floating piece of American military history. Traveling by vintage, World War II amphibious vehicle, see beloved Boston neighborhoods from city streets and the river, avoiding the hassle and expense of navigating public transit or finding scarce Boston parking.
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Ages 0-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 1h 20m
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Live guide: English
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Audio guide: German, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Combine a Boston sightseeing tour and Charles River cruise in one excursion
  • Explore in an amphibious vehicle that can go land-to-water
  • Get an overview of top Boston areas while someone else navigates
  • Save on expensive parking and taxis
  • Convenient pickup locations in key spots around Boston
  • All foreign language tours depart from 53 Huntington Ave and Museum of Science
  • 3 Departure Location Options Available: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, or Prudential Center (travelers may select their departure location at checkout)

  • 80-minute Duck Boat Tour of Boston
  • Narrated tour of Boston with your own personal ConDUCKtor
  • 20-minute boat ride along the Charles River
  • Multi-lingual GPS activated app available for download from all departure locations.
  • See top Boston sites such as Faneuil Hall, Copley Plaza, Old State House, Public Garden and more!
  • 3 Departure Options Available: Museum of Science, NE Aquarium, Prudential (Select 1 at checkout)
  • Entry/Admission - Boston Duck Tours
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Headphones not available for audio guided app.
  • Your mobile device must have its own cellular connection for audio guided app.
  • Entry/Admission - Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Make your way to one of three central locations for departure. Climb into the amphibious vehicle, and then set out overland for a tour of Boston highlights. Roll from the historic State House in Beacon Hill to Boston Common, Copley Square, Newbury Street, and Quincy Market, also known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Those are the big names, but there is a lot to see along the way, and the guide points out the most interesting landmarks and share stories from Boston history. You also see TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics, and Bunker Hill, site of a key Revolutionary War-era battle. Roll to the edge of the Charles River, then continue into the water to see Boston and Cambridge from the river. The tour wraps up at the original departure point, where you are walking distance from some of Boston’s top attractions. Important note: Multi-lingual Audio Guides available from Prudential Center and Museum of Science departures only.

Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Museum of Science, Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114, USA
    Museum of Science 1 Science Park Boston, MA, 02114
  • Option 2
    New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA
    New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
  • Option 3
    53 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA
    Prudential Center 53 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, 02116
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3037DUCK

    • Most travelers can participate
    • Boston Duck Tours has invested in a GPS activated foreign language app that Guests must download to their own mobile device to use on tour. The app provides imagery as well as narration in languages including Spanish, German, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and Cantonese on all tours. Your mobile device must have its own cellular connection and you must bring your own headphones.
    • Accessibility: We have wheelchair accessible DUCKS from all 3 of our departure locations. If you are booking online you MUST call us and tell us you have a guest that needs to stay in their wheelchair as we need to pull 3 extra seats to fit the wheelchair in the DUCK. If booking in person ensure you tell our Guest Service Representative that you have someone in a wheelchair so we can also pull the 3 extra seats.
    • The Duck Boats depart from 3 locations throughout Boston: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, or Prudential Center. Travelers must select their departure location during checkout. On the day of travel, please meet at the departure location you have selected during checkout. The meeting location and address will be available in your confirmation after purchase.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Are duck boats wheelchair accessible?
    We have wheelchair accessible DUCKS from all 3 of our departure locations. You MUST call us after booking and tell us you have a guest that needs to stay in their wheelchair as we need to pull 3 extra seats to fit the wheelchair in the DUCK.
    Answered Jun 2023
    Are Audio Guides available on the duck tours?
    Multi-lingual Audio Guides available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Chinese from the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE departure location ONLY. Headsets are available on site upon request if you select the Museum of Science departure at checkout. Headsets and audio guides are NOT available from the Aquarium or Prudential Center departure locations. Please make sure to select the Museum of Science departure at checkout if you prefer the option of an audio guide.
    Answered Jun 2023
    Where do the Duck Boat Tours depart from?
    The Duck Boats depart from 3 locations throughout Boston: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, or Prudential Center. Travelers must select their departure location during checkout. On the day of travel, please meet at the departure location you have selected during checkout. The meeting location and address will be available in your confirmation after purchase.
    Answered Jul 2023

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3037DUCK

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    Itinerary
    • 1
      Pass by
      Boston Public Garden
      Boston Common
      Boston Public Library
      Old State House
      Museum of Science
      TD Garden
      Newbury Street
      Massachusetts State House
      Boylston Street
      Charles River Esplanade
      Copley Place
      Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
      Old South Church in Boston
      Prudential Center
      Arlington Street Church
      Boston Public Market
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    • Boston Duck Tours
      8,016
      Boston, Massachusetts
    • 479kaylak
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Too expensive for the poor performance
      During a last minute stop in Boston, my kids requested a duck boat tour. Since the tickets closest to us were sold out for the day, we walked a mile to the science museum location in order to ride. Online purchases were a bit annoying - we needed 5 tickets but because there were not 5 seats left together, it would not let me purchase the tickets in one transaction. However, when we arrived, the employees had no issue seating all parties together. The seated tour was a nice reprieve from the heat of the afternoon and my kids enjoyed a turn driving the boat on the river. As far as the informational part of the tour goes, I found it generally disappointing and our guide's presentation seemed unprepared and awkward. His Shakespearean schitck was lost on the kids who made up half of his audience, as well as most of the adults. The presentation would have been better without the poor attempt at humor and more rehearsed, confident knowledge about the landmarks. My kids - 6, 8, and 10 did not get anything from the tour and learned more from my side commentary as we drove past important sites.
      Written July 9, 2024
    • janewX467XS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Have fun with Boston Duck Tours
      We had a great trip on our duck with excellent commentary from our guide who gave us a fun trip. A must do if you visit Boston, lovely experience on the river with the buildings named and seeing the wildlife and little boats.
      Written June 30, 2024
    • RussellW145
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Duck Boat, street and float
      We've lived in New England for decades, but we just rode the Duck Boat for the first time, and it was fun. The boats are easy to find and well-located in relation to our other activities. The guide was entertaining, and offered some local history in between jokes and humorous anecdotes as we rode around Boston. It was especially fun driving into the Charles River. Riders are allowed to steer the boat, which adds to the unique experience. The Duck Boats depart from the street, so you'll have to find a garage, or street parking, to leave your car. The tour is safe, and partners with the Coast Guard, and other organizations to endure safety.
      Written June 23, 2024
    • danzN540GW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boston Duck Tours is fun.
      An excellent tour of Revolutionary Boston. The water part was a lot of fun, but short. The tour guide was funny and deeply knowledgeable. Ms. Wich knew enormous amounts about early Boston history and presented it in a fun and humorous way. Next time I'm in Boston I plan on taking the Boston Duck Tour again for the fun of it.
      Written November 9, 2023
    • daniellewU710AZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hot Wheels is the best tour guide
      This was one of the best city tours i have ever been on. So much history and such a fun experience. It's really good for all ages. Our guide, Hot Wheels was so fun and so knowledgeable about the city. He had great stories and was very up beat.
      Written November 8, 2023
    • theresahH6042MH
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Difficult to follow!
      We went into it knowing it was a bit silly, but our “Narrator” was SO difficult to follow, in that he was all over the place in his narration!! Don’t go if you want any real history. Not worth the 100+ dollars spent.
      Written November 6, 2023
    • argenisc2016
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice thing to do, once.
      It was really fun for the family. They do take you around so there's a good amount of sightseeing. Of course it is really fun when the truck goes into the water and they even let us drive it for a bit and take pictures doing so. In my opinion a bit expensive.
      Written October 30, 2023
    • fedcba
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Entertaining and Informative
      It's definitely not the cheapest thing to do in Boston but a worthwhile experience with great information about the city and history. Highlight for kids: sitting in the captain's seat and driving the Duck in the water!
      Written October 30, 2023
    • Compass11058286354
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Take this Tour, you'll be glad you did
      Captain Super Size made the adventure fantastic. Super Size shares a wealth of Boston knowledge - both the common facts and the lesser know facts/myths. He was hilarious too! My only regret is we didn’t take this tour sooner, that way we could have done it again! Fantastic, conductor very informative, entertaining and hilarious! Wonderful experience highly recommend it!!
      Written October 29, 2023
    • Sandra G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Splish made a splash with us
      We picked the tour up at the harbour keen to see the city sites. Not taken a duck tour before so we thought we’d give it a go! Apart from the seats being very uncomfortable it was great. A major factor of that was the guide, who called himself Splish. Knowledgable and thoroughly entertaining. My husband even had a go at driving the duck on the water. We had a great time.
      Written October 28, 2023
    • X278FOdaleb
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Should have been a 5 star
      Riding the DUCK amphibious vehicle was a unique experience that shouldn't be missed. The historical route through the streets, amazing views from the Charles River, and accompanying narration by the narrator were (mostly...see next sentence) interesting, entertaining, and educational. Unfortunately, the narrator (in this case space girl with multi-colored hair) made a number of unnecessarily derogatory, condescending, and inaccurate comments about people in American history, which greatly diminished the enjoyment of the tour. For example, she said 1. John Hancock signed his name to the Declaration of Independence in large letters because he was so arrogant (actually, it was to irk King George III); 2. the founding fathers were drama queens (thus, conducting the Boston tea party and "misnaming" the shooting of five local citizens by British troops a massacre); and 3. the Puritans were total narcs. Whether you agree with her or not, her descriptions were not appropriate for a mixed audience. Hopefully, the other narrators are better. Overall, this tour is worthwhile but you may want to ask about the views of your narrator before spending your money to be offended by their remarks.
      Written October 23, 2023
    • Maps59616291478
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mediocre Land Tour, Good Water Tour
      We chose this tour for the water aspect to see the views and still get some history of Boston. The water portion was nice with beautiful views. The land portion was mediocre at best. We would not do this again.
      Written October 22, 2023
    • Venture706151
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boston history and river ride by duck bus
      Fantastic, conductor , very informative , entertaining and hilarious! Wonderful experience highly recommend it!!
      Written October 16, 2023
    • Holibobs1978
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thank you Duck Tours
      We had such a great time on the Duck Tour. We had to consider our family’s needs as we have members who are deaf so accessing the tour was going to be a challenge. However John at Duck Tours office was able to facilitate and ensure we had the tour in an accessible format. This made such a difference to our experience. The tour comes recommended for those who want to experience a fun tour of Boston for all ages!
      Written October 15, 2023
    • 583viktoriyar
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Overall disappointed. Waste of money
      Wasn't worth the money spent. Water part of the tour is a joke : in and out. The guide was mostly joking, so the tour wasn't much informative. Also the worker tells customers she validates parking tickets and we were supposed to receive 5 hours off the parking fee. We'll this was a lie. We still had to pay $45 for near by parking. So $110 on two tickets plus tips and $45 on parking is too much for this activity. Disappointed
      Written October 14, 2023
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    LydiaLLD
    Hartford, CT167 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    A great deal of time was spent in traffic (Boston is like that) but the day was beautiful and the boat ride on the Charles was lovely. If nothing else, I would recommend it for the Charles River ride. Otherwise, the narrator was "okay" with some information that was new. If you really want to know more about Boston, I would recommend the hop on/hop off bus tour instead. If you want the experience of going down the Charles River for a short bit of time at a higher price, do the Duck Boat Tour. One recommendation is to book directly with the website for Duck Boat Tours vs. the third parties. I booked with one that guarantees a price match (they were about $10 more) and I haven't gotten the difference back yet. One last note, they give you a seat reservation but do not honor those - it's basically a suggestion. We were moved to the back of the boat to accommodate a large group who arrived 15 minutes late. They held the bus for the rest of us, even though they state you have to be there 30 minutes before or you forfeit your seat.
    Written June 21, 2022
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    Nicy S
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    This tour is a waste of time and money unless you are interested in terrible stand-up comedy and a cheap thrill. Take the green sightseeing bus, it is definitely the better pick and value for your money.

    We decided to take this tour because of the different language options that are advertised on the website and in the folder.

    Here is what went wrong:

    1. The audio did not work in any language. We tried different seats and it did not work at any of those. Again, this was our main reason to choose Duck tours.

    2. The stereo boxes were far too loud and we all left with a terrible headache. It did not help that the guide was screaming into his microphone.

    3. The tour guide was a disaster. He did not mention anything historical, just kept talking about his personal life, and made inappropriate comments although a lot of children were present. We are familiar with the history of Boston and the sights. The guide just kept joking about everything, making duck and other animal sounds which did not seem to amuse anybody. He did not seem like he was prepared and kept asking us what questions we had (“what else can we talk about?”), mentioning jokingly how complicated American history is and how he did not want to talk about the revolution. In general, he behaved in a very unprofessional way. We walked out of this tour not learning anything about this beautiful city and feeling terribly annoyed.

    I wrote a complaint to Duck Tours. No one responded to my email.
    Written May 20, 2022
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    Gracie MacKinnon
    Ingonish, Canada9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019 • Couples
    My boyfriend and I went on the duck tour on Halloween day. It was very interesting and a cool way to be able to see the whole city. The seats on the bus are pretty small for two people and it was a bit of a squeeze. Because of the small size it’s very understanding why they are not pet friendly. The tour guide and driver were both friendly and we had an awesome time. Someone took our picture at the beginning and we were able to buy it after the tour which was really cool as well. It was a bit pricy though and for that and lack of seat room I give it a solid 3/5!
    Written January 5, 2020
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    Laura O
    5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We are so disappointed with our experience. The tour was incredibly poor. The tour guide was irritating, he kept rambling and talking about unrelated things to Boston. I feel we learned nothing about the city. $107 for the 2 tickets should have at least given us a little overview of the city’s major sights, rather than a lacklustre stream of consciousness narration from the guide. Would not recommend, unless you can meet your guide and ensure you aren’t as unlucky as we were with ours. Ps No one on our bus boat quacked when prompted, I don’t think I was the only disappointed passenger!
    Written August 5, 2022
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    TheCaliGirl
    8 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    The vehicle being able to drive on a road then go into the water is amazing!! That was the only highlight of this tour.
    Duck Tour might be fun on a nice sunny day. Unfortunately with the rain, this was a terrible idea. The windows were closed with plastic covers hence you cannot take any pics. The vehicle does not stop or slow down anywhere, there isn't any time to enjoy the view.

    The thing I hated the most is the assigned seating. You don't get to see the seat # or pick your seat while booking. I booked my ticket early from their website and I was the first one to get to the pickup spot. They assigned me seat 7A and told me to get on the vehicle. After a while, people started getting in and starting finding their assigned seats. Soon a lady told me I was sitting in her seat and asked me to get up. The tour guide was not around, so we waiting. Then the employee who assigned the seats, told me I was supposed to be on the other seat, he gave me the wrong info the first time. Unfortunately, that seat was taken by a man and I had to share the seat with him, which was fine. However, I am very disappointed that I did not get the window seat despite getting there first. At least if I sat in the window seat, even if the windows were closed, I could have taken some pics. The seat was so small, the man who sat next to me took up most of the seat, I barely had space.
    It was too packed.
    Absolute waste of money.
    Written May 30, 2021
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    Ben B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    All I have to say is: Captain Weird Beard was the best tour guide I've ever had, in terms of how engaging, energetic, witty, knowledgeable, and interesting he was. I used to work as a tour guide for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City after undergoing weeks of intensive training provided by the museum, so I can appreciate all the work Weird Beard put into carefully designing his tour, as well as all the practice he must have done to hone his delivery and timing. If you are a professional tour guide who wants a cheap masterclass on delivering an excellent tour, sign up for one of Weird Beard's tours.
    Written August 10, 2022
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    MathMom512
    Easton, PA11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    Our family loved this tour! It was the first thing we did after arriving in Boston and it did not disappoint. We saw and learned so much from our tour guide, Sgt. Meatball :) Our 4 kids (ages 6, 10, 13, 15) thought it was the best thing we did on our trip. We decided not to buy tickets in advance, since after watching the online ticket sales, it seemed that we wouldn’t have a problem booking a tour once we got into town. Since the Aquarium had Ducks departing every 30 minutes, that was our first stop. We arrived in Boston at noon, and parked in the Harbor Garage (ugh, $40) and bought tickets for the 1:30 ride at the kiosk. We also got a AAA discount. We had just enough time to walk to Quincy Market for some lunch. It was a perfect intro to the city!
    Written August 13, 2021
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    chris F
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    Cheesie tour w very little history or intelligent info provided. The speaker, a guy w last name Milk, basically ran his mouth like an auctioneer whether he had material or not. Obnoxious and gave me a headache. Do not do this tour unless you have small children that will simply enjoy the amphibious vehicle. But bring earplugs.
    Written August 11, 2022
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    Matthew S
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    Ben Everywhere spoke more about himself then giving a tour about Boston. He was so busy talking about himself that he would miss sites, then reference it after we already passed it. Just on and on about nonsense how he wouldn't be able to walk or see without drinking two monster energy drinks a day due to a medical condition. He was beyond arrogant and talked to people as if they were children. We paid for a tour, not a obnoxious comedian who tells us that after people complain, his boss dismisses it takes him out for beers. Had to get a lecture about life before we could escape this nightmare.
    Written September 5, 2022
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    PHPompano
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    I expected a cruise along the river and a lot of history in the narration. Neither one happened. The boat makes a small loop in a small "lake", no river cruising at all. None. No seeing the city from a different perspective. While the guide's stories & banter with passengers are entertaining, that's the vast majority of the narration; there's almost no history. A few tidbits, but in a city with such a rich and important history, these sparse, tiny tidbits are a major disappointment.
    Written August 14, 2021
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