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The Peabody Ducks

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Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin? Back in the 1930s Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Tennessee...more
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149 Union Ave, The Peabody Memphis, Memphis, TN 38103-2638
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a must see, a beautiful hotel as well. Grab a good spot, the upper level across from the elevator door was good.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank P4702SRsharonj
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived about an hour early to secure a good spot. Met a couple from England. Spent the hour talking to them. After the duck match the husband look at me and said hardly worth the wait. I had to agree with with him. Not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ricknation
Reviewed 3 days ago

It’s really cute to watch and brings a smile to your face! The ducks walk from their house on the roof down the elevator to the fountain in the hotel at 11:00am, then walk the red carpet back to the elevator and up their home....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jeaniej2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Doug is awesome! He took us on a tour of the Peabody for over 2 hours. We got to see all of the hotel and heard stories you can’t get anywhere else. The best $10 we spent all weekend!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mimi H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Somewhat amusing but the spiel that we got from the Duckmaster was boring. Worth a visit but not at the expense of something more interesting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Culture621969
Reviewed 3 days ago

Every morning at 11 the duck master brings the ducks down the elevator from the roof. They waddle down the red carpet and jump into the lobby fountain where they swim around all day. At 5 the duck master returns and gives a talk about...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mary S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Take in the history of the whole place. I have taken dozens of people in to see it all. Don’t show up 5 mins before the ducks walk and expect to see anything. Well worth it

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bkbkbk11djdbdhdnsjh
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a great thing to take our children to see. The "Duck Master" was very personable and we loved hearing his stories!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Charity P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Watching the ducks is always fun but the presentation is long before the march. The kids seem to lose interest and get squirmy. The sound system is not great so if you are not in a certain area of the lobby it is difficult to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Julie G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I had two of our grandchildren for spring break and planned a trip the see the historic Peabody Ducks. They really enjoyed watching the ducks and the Duck Master leave the penthouse and march the ducks to the water in the beautiful...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Doug W
February 11, 2019|
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Response from rs49ss47 | Reviewed this property |
It is highly recommended to get there at least a half hour before ducks arrival time. As others have stated, it can be very crowded. You will also find that some people free "more entitled" than others. It is a silly event... More
Doug W
February 11, 2019|
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Response from sbjerkos | Reviewed this property |
If you arrive early enough to get a seat at the bar, they make sure no one stands in front of you so you can still see. Otherwise, I'd go for the balcony.
July 19, 2018|
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Response from phfotobug | Reviewed this property |
We parked for free on a street near the hotel and walked to the hotel.