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The Peabody Ducks

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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 yesterday via mobile

Adorable southern custom that you need to see in person! I went with 2 good friends and the ducks and their history are very interesting

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KTL_12007
Reviewed 2 days ago

So fun to see the ducks. Staff and duck master very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions before and after the march. Get there early to get a good seat.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stay100433
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were able, while visiting Memphis, to see the ducks in the bar lobby pond, along with their red carpet walk into the elevator, where they head for their room at the top of the hotel.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dlmoore305
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The ducks sit in the lobby fountain from 11am to 5pm. It’s great for adults and children alike to be there to watch them waddle the red carpet to and from the lift to the fountain and back again. There is a great story as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank davidsX5493UV
Reviewed 1 week ago

We missed the actual walking of the ducks, but they were cute to see. The hotel was crowded though and I'm not sure how much we would have seen.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kspeaker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the opportunity to see “The Peabody Ducks” twice on our visit to Memphis. This is especially something to do if you have little children. They line the red carpet with the kids for two reasons - one, the kids just loved it, and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank foodietravel73
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the Ducks at 11:00 am and 500 pm . They walk through the lobby to the fountain spend the day in the fountain them at 5:00 the walk through the lobby to the elevator to go home. Great item to see

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gigal226
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must wherever you are staying. I went shortly after checking into the Peabody early and sat with my coffee with a great view. By the time my husband arrived on the weekend it was crazy busy even on a freezing February weekend....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank collegepathss
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for something that is free to do this is it. Plan to arrive at least a half hour early to have a good viewing spot. The duckmaster provides the history of the hotel and the ducks before marching them in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Megan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Peabody Hotel is beautiful and the special treat is watching the Peabody Ducks. A must see! I went there prior to 2018 but that option is not available to click on.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dot F
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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.
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Ena S
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3 couples arriving afternoon (after 3 nites in Nashville) on Monday May 22nd staying in a condo near Bealle St. We are staying 3 nites so we will have all day Tuesday and Wednesday and part of Monday (arrival day) to see the town before heading back to NC. We want to do as much as the obvious touristy things as possible without backtracking too much. So, can you tell me how we should plan our days if we want to see National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Graceland (free shuttle with Sun...More
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Graceland and Sun will pretty much take up a day. Graceland takes about two hours to tour the mansion or four hours to see all of the exhibits and Sun takes about ninety minutes. So, plan on that Tuesday or Wednesday. Stax is a bit away from the main downtown area and you'll want to drive there. Everything else you've mentioned is downtown. I would say to allow a couple of hours each for Stax and Rock and Soul and maybe an hour each for the Blues Hall of Fame and Mud Island (the park part of...More