The Peabody Ducks
The Peabody Ducks
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Located in Downtown Memphis, the historic luxury hotel, The Peabody Memphis, is probably best known for the Peabody Ducks. The custom first started in the 1930s as a joke by the Peabody’s General Manager, but the mallard ducks grew so popular that they became a permanent fixture, and have even been featured on television and magazines. Each morning, visitors can watch as the ducks march across a red carpet to the hotel fountain before heading back to their rooftop “Royal Duck Palace." For a truly immersive experience, you can reserve the family package for additional perks and exclusive memorabilia. – Tripadvisor
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  • Fran H
    Homosassa, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    Fun city to visit. Great food. Took a riverboat trip, visited the Peabody to see the ducks, enjoyed Beale Street and took a side trip to Graceland. Make sure to check the schedule of the duck "parade". That was so enjoyable.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Richard W
    Dublin, Ireland179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Duck March was actually great fun - twice!!
    In planning our trip to Memphis, I promised my wife that we would not waste time queueing up to see a procession of ducks in the Peabody Hotel. Well, we managed to see them twice, once in the morning as part of a Memphis Walking Tour Group (with the excellent Shannon, who is also a Deputy Duckmaster incidentally!) and again in the afternoon two days later when we took shelter from a thunderstorm. The ducks are quite ridiculous but they are great fun. They clearly bring in a good deal of tourists for each duck march and the children of all ages obviously love it. We sat at the cocktail bar after our second viewing while the thunderstorm moved away and I drank an extremely spicy Bloody Mary! Exactly as ordered! As for the Peabody Hotel, it was wonderful to walk around and view it. The staff we encountered were charming!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • jdtgreene
    Lexington, Kentucky2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love the ducks.
    Loved watching the ducks come to the lobby but the ring master talks too much. If the ducks are supposed to come down at 11 AM then that is when the elevator door should open, not after he has talked forever. The kids get too restless. Also keep the camera guy off the red carpet from running in front of them. We don’t want him in our pictures!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Dan556
    Rock Hill, South Carolina1,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a production!
    My wife and I included a stop for the duck march on our Memphis road trip itinerary. The lobby was very crowded and only registered guests of the hotel are permitted on the lower level during the march; others must be in the outer areas bordering the lobby or on the mezzanine...arrive at least a half hour before the march. After, we took the elevator to the roof for some spectacular views overlooking the Memphis area, and also a look at the ducks' rooftop living quarters.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Debbie doo
    Dumfries, United Kingdom544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable again
    Visited as part of a tour and watched the ducks marching from the lift . Very busy as always and yeh they push in . However you do get to see some of it . Very enjoyable. Husband visited lanskys and purchased a shirt and tie not cheap but nice . Worth the experience . What a grand hotel .
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Brenda U
    Kansas102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute event
    We came here since we didn’t care for Beale Street and it was a cute event to see. Hearing the background information is nice to understand why this happens. It was very crowded and it takes awhile, but definitely something to see if you are in the area. Get there early so you can see the ducks.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • amyw2012
    Birmingham, Alabama2,127 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun thing to do once
    We stayed at the hotel to watch the ducks make their way down at 11. We got downstairs at about 10:20. A crowd was already forming. The duck master came down and started the history of the ducks. He was very charismatic and a good fit. He then went up to get the ducks. At almost exactly 11, they came out of the elevator. They were speedy as they headed to the fountain. It was over in seconds. I’m glad we went once, but we are one and done. We also visited their home on the roof which was cute.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Diane W
    Appleton, Wisconsin154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    fun but not just for kids
    I had heard about these ducks, had not expected to ever see them. But we stayed at the hotel 2 days in a row and saw those cute little waddlers three times. If want a good view, sit at the bar. Or go to Mezzanine for a view from above. Enjoy the Rubber Ducky cocktail while you wait and take home a mini duck.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • jamiec1938
    Box Elder, South Dakota21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great time!
    The hotel is historic and beautiful, and the Duck Master provides a great oral history of the hotel and how the ducks came to be. How one trains a duck is beyond me which made made my he experience that much more fun! Kenon (the duck master) was informative and entertaining to the adults and held the kids in rapt attention! Enjoy this experience for what it is and thanks to Kenon and company for their professionalism in a completely fun atmosphere.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Jackie H
    Oakville, Canada103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adorable!
    Such fun to experience! The red carpet is rolled out then the ducks come running out of the elevator following the path to the fountain where they hop in for the day. It is such a fun thing to see. They are adorable . If you are in Memphis, you must plan your day around the ducks!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
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Art F
Palm Coast, FL44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
You simply have to see them to understand! A most amazing display of live ducks in the Peabody lobby and fountain. They are tame and you can go right up to them. They seem to revel in the attention and their surroundings. The duck master was a masterful speaker who gave a very entertaining history of the ducks. We were there for 5 leaving and 11 coming down from the roof. Yes, they march all the way and take the elevator down. The talk is about 10 minutes and the duck march is less than a minute so don't be late. Find a good view of the red carpet. You will be very sorry if you miss this!
Written January 17, 2020
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Debra D
Muscatine, IA213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
You do need to see the Peabody ducks, but you need to take the tour of the Peabody, as well! Every day, the ducks (four hens and one lucky drake) walk the "red carpet" to/from the Peabody Hotel lobby fountain with the help of their "duckmaster" at 11 am and 5 pm.

First of all, Kenon, the "Peabody duckmaster" was the best tour guide that we've ever had for any tour and we've taken a lot of them! He was very knowledgeable on the history of the Peabody Hotel and the famous Peabody ducks, as well as giving us some great Memphis history, as well. Most of all, though, it was easy to see that he loves his job. We would highly recommend this tour-- especially if your tour guide will be Kenon!
Written February 16, 2020
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My compliments to the Peabody-- where the Mississippi delta begins. The lobby of this old hotel is just beautiful but what really set our experience apart were the people that work there and of course the ducks.
Full disclosure, we didn't stay at the Peabody and only walked in to see the duck march. I was worried this would be awkward. Quite the opposite, we were treated with much consideration as if we were famous guests. We arrived early and the duckmaster's assistant visited with my teenage daughters and made all of us feel so welcome. When he discovered that they were really excited about the ducks, he promised them that they could sit right at the edge of the red carpet the ducks walk on. After rolling out the carpet, he remembered to call them to the front, even though quite a crowd had gathered and they are not little kids anymore.
Once the duckmaster arrived, he put on a whole production that included audience participation. All of the kids received a beautiful quilted duck sticker to wear (and some of the adults did, too). The duckmaster was very entertaining and even managed to teach some history.
The ducks were adorable and walked by inches from us, right into the elevator.
I would recommend arriving about 20-30 minutes early for a good spot. It gets crowded right before it starts.
Seriously, the ducks and their caregivers are great ambassadors for the Peabody hotel. We are now considering staying there or at least eating there during our next visit to Memphis. Great fun for the young and the young at heart.
Written September 14, 2020
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Jim S
Nerja, Spain168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Had it not been for our curiosity about the famous ducks we would never have realised what a wonderful interior the Peabody Hotel has. Worth a visit just to sit in the luxury of the main bar and have a drink. The ducks do their thing at 6pm but you need to get yourself a good vantage point at about 5pm as so many people want to see the event - which is all over in about five minutes once it gets started.
Written March 19, 2020
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Jmc8080
Kansas City, MO39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We came on a day when it was raining a little. Combined with covid it was fairly empty. We were able to sit at a table not 5 feet from the fountain. The Duck Master is really the star of the show. He comes out early and visits with the people before they start the "show". He is the 8th(?) Duck Master in the 80+ years they have had the ducks. When they start they go through the history of the ducks and give you insight as to how they are kept. (By the way no duck served in their hotel.)When they come down you have about 10 seconds to see them as they go from the elevator to the fountain. It is a fun hour or so to take a break and see this gorgeous place. I do recommend it!
Written October 5, 2020
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01leanne01
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We had a great time visiting The Peabody, we sat and had morning tea and waited for the ducks, we were told how the ducks began at The Peabody. We didn’t know that the ducks have been there since 1930 and performing everyday since then. Well worth the experience.
Written February 12, 2020
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Andrea P
Toronto, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visit the Peabody Hotel at either 11am or 5pm to witness an 80 year old tradition of the Duck March. About 6 ducks spend their day swimming in the fountain in the lobby bar and twice per day they are escorted by the Duck Marshall to walk the red carpet and ride the elevator to their home on the roof. Not to be missed! FYI, drinks are pricey here, but it was a nice treat in the late afternoon. We arrived at 4:30 and the place was packed, so we took our drinks to the second floor and watched the show from there.
Written January 27, 2020
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Richard19651965
Murray, KY256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Okay, the ceremony of the ducks leaving the fountain and getting on the elevator is going to seem cheesy if you've never seen it...but you gotta see it at least once. It's simple, sweet, and doesn't take long. It's also free.

They do this daily at 5 o'clock, with the narrator and ringmaster giving a great detailed account of how this tradition came to be. You better arrive by 4 p.m. though, if you want to get a good seat. Arrive early, order a beer, and enjoy
Written January 21, 2020
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janiewa
Punta Gorda, FL522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was the first attraction we visited upon arriving in Memphis and were glad that we did. Kenon, the Duck Master, did a great job of explaining to us how he came to be Duck Master, where the ducks come from, how they are trained and where they live (upstairs in the penthouse Duck Palace). When the show begins, he tells the history of this attraction and then lets the ducks do their thing. We had cocktails before the show and had a nice time enjoying the ambiance of this beautiful lobby. We visited some of the surrounding stores and then went upstairs to the penthouse roof for a view out over the city. This is a cute, campy sight but so fun and photo-worthy that it should not be missed.
Written October 18, 2020
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Barry E
Green Valley, AZ143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The Peabody was a great place to stay. The duck trainer tells a long but interesting story about tje ducks origins then recuits a kid to help march the ducks to the elevator. Then the ducks a finally allowed to go it takes 30 seconds to march to the elevator. Worth it if your staying there.
Written October 6, 2020
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