The Peabody Ducks

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The Peabody Ducks
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 sippin' whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were selected as "guinea pigs," and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition which was to become internationally famous.® In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became The Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991. Nearly 90 years after the inaugural march, ducks still visit the lobby fountain at 11 a.m
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Evaughn17
Russellville, AR25 contributions
Birthday trip
Oct 2021
The ducks were so cute. They told the history of how the ducks started at the hotel. It was entertaining.
Written October 23, 2021
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W38Q
Providence, RI108 contributions
Worth the hour
Oct 2021
Arrived at the bar around 4 p.m. Had a few drinks and watched the ducks swim in the fountain. The look on the Honorary Duck-master's faces was precious! Right on cue, the mallard led the way up and out of the fountain and down the red carpet to the elevator/penthouse!
Written October 7, 2021
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Sarah H
Powell, OH119 contributions
March of the Ducks
Oct 2021 • Friends
Great afternoon at the Peabody Hotel with the March of the ducks. The history and presentation were top notch by the staff. Enjoyed the story and the background before the ducks made their march up to their nests. As advertised, you need to get to the viewing space early for a good seat. The hotel was lovely and the staff was welcoming
Written October 4, 2021
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mylawyer2018
Irving, TX55 contributions
Enjoy Being a Kid Again
Oct 2021 • Couples
Invest 45 minutes of your life and be a kid again. Get there early because there is a crowd. We got there at 4:30 and were able to stand right on the rope line. They let the little kids sit inside the rope next to the red carpet, which I thought was really cool. Kids picked from the crowd literally roll out the red carpet about 20 minutes before the parade, which was adorable and almost worth the trip by itself.

And then there are the ducks and the be-a-kid-again part. There is just something about watching a small flock of ducks walk a red carpet to or from an elevator that makes all stress melt away. They even stop to pose for pics!

Do it. Trust me. It’s silly, but will make you smile.
Written October 2, 2021
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Greg P
Florida768 contributions
Fun to watch the duck march and if possible take the tour.
Sep 2021
A experience to watch the ducks marching in and out of the elevator. Fun to watch them play in the fountain in the grand lobby. Take the duck tour for more fun to experience it starts at 11:30 and you need to register at front desk.
Written September 29, 2021
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Eva M
12 contributions
The Peabody is timeless!
Aug 2021
The Peabody lobby is full of fun, classy, elegant, enjoy a nice drink there listening the piano is a must for me every time I visit Memphis. The Peabody Ducks are so fun and the faces of the children are priceless!!! Love this place and the ducks!
Written September 10, 2021
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Sara M
Denver, Colorado26 contributions
Unique adventure for the entire family!
Sep 2021
Get to the hotel at least 30 minutes prior otherwise you won’t get a good spot to see the Peabody ducks enter from the elevator and waddle to the fountain or vice versa. It really is something to see!! Take a side trip to Lansky’s while you are there-check out all the signed guitars!
Written September 7, 2021
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Sabrina B
Nashville, TN5 contributions
Super cute!
Aug 2021
What a cute little presentation! Take the kiddos. The presentation itself only takes about 15 minutes, but make sure you arrive about 30 minutes ahead of time for the best views.
Written August 30, 2021
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lamarbradley
Nashville, TN736 contributions
Unique to Memphis
Aug 2021
This is certainly unique and was on the itinerary on our city tour. We arrived a bit late, so we were not able to get a front and center view of the ducks as they made their way from the elevator down the red carpet to the fountain, but once they were in the fountain they were easily visible to visitors.

Probably not the most exciting thing you will see, but where else are you going to see this? The driver told us how long this daily ritual had been going on, but I don't remember. The hotel is also historic and an interesting attraction to explore.
Written August 15, 2021
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dawnstah65
Franklin, TN60 contributions
Cute for kids
Jul 2021
You have to be a guest and get there early to have a spot where you will actually get to see the ducks walk. Lots of showmanship by the mc makes it entertaining, but don't make it a reason to come.
Written July 29, 2021
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