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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

The Peabody Lobby is a very special place. It is a great place to relax and have a drink even if you are not staying in the hotel. The ducks swimming around in the lobby fountain add to the elegant atmosphere. It is really crowded...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jjbrady2017
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Peabody Hotel Ducks are a must. Came here on a road trip and felt safe in the hotel but not really anywhere else downtown. The ducks are great for adult and child alike! Get there early and be prepared the queue.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The twice daily duck parade is a must see sight! It is a marvel that these ducks are so well trained. Watching them swim in the lobby foundation is so enjoyable and relaxing. Can't wait to go back and take our grand kids!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sandy D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes ducks that live on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel. Catch them being escorted off the elevator as they walk along the red carpet to their water fountain in the centre of the hotel lobby. Then catch them as they follow each other at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chryjade
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was told that I really needed to go see the ducks at The Peabody Hotel. It was extremely boring and a huge waste of time...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brooke C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing the ducks march in and they were exactly on time. If I had realized how crowded it would be, we would have been there earlier to get a seat in the lobby area. There are chairs and sofas if you order a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lenzjb
Reviewed 6 days ago

The activity happens twice a day, at 11.00 am and 05.00 pm. In the morning the duck will walk on the red carpet from the lift to the water and in the evening from the water to the lift. If you really want to see...More

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

Went to lobby bar post Christmas party. Ducks awesome part of lobby. Drink service very slow but drinks good. Prices are high but to be expected at upscale hotel lobby. Atmosphere lively. Would recommend lobby experience

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brendarZ3769OP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a super quirky thing to do but also really fun. The crowds are big, at least for the evening show so I recommend you get there very early for a spot. They let kids sit down lining the walkway for the ducks.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pammamac
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great story and so cute. But I would recommend get there early (and by early I mean 45 minutes)for a good seat and try the mezzanine for the best view.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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.
Amanda C
April 7, 2018|
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Response from Diane B | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is free. We didn't see them march, but walked right into the hotel lobby, saw them swimming in the fountain, spoke with the duck master, and took the elevator up to the duck palace, which was really just going... More
March 8, 2018|
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Response from Clifford M | Reviewed this property |
This question has been answered...the ducks arrive at 1100 every morning...and depart at 1700. Suggest you get to the hotel early...say 9-10...have a coffee and nudge into just outside the lifts. Be prepared to be jostled... More
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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
January 31, 2017|
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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