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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

Just go and see the ducks - so sweet. Very funny when one escaped and went for a wander around. And go and visit the Duck Palace on the roof.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jo B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the Peabody just to see those ducks and they were the cutest things running off the elevator to the water to swm in the hotel lobby. It is Christmastime and the hotel had professional carrolers singing Christmas melodies in the lobby. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank P5652RRkareng
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While in Memphis, you must see the matching of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. Get a seat early in the lobby for the 11:30 or 5:00 Dick Walk.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jim B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My 9 and 12 yo really liked the ducks, but unless you got there really early, it was hard to find a viewing spot. They should reserve a section for children only.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GaylaSteiner
Reviewed 4 days ago

Unique treat to fit in to your schedule, in Memphis. The Christmas decor in the hotel is a sight to behold. Courteous staff advised us where to gather for this event. Get there about 30 min before 11am or 5pm. The event of the ducks...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Twowires
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A beautiful and historic hotel with some very entertaining residents... I have the Peabody ducks in Little Rock and the Memphis ducks just as fun! A must-see when in Memphis!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Travel13444123042
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to see the duck walk. Arrived 30 minutes early and already lots of people. Duck walk lasted around 1 minute. Guess you should see it once. Hotel history is interesting

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jamesag2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure about watching the march of the ducks when my wife suggested it. I had read prior reviews about large crowds and a very quick "march" so I wasn't sure it was worth it. But we'd probably never be back in the area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DisneyDave808
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never even heard of this before I went to Memphis and I recommend getting yourself there for either the march in or the march out - there are always 100-300 people there watching from the ground floor and mezzanine but we got there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 327janef
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to see a wonderful tradition of the ducks. It's a real ceremony that sees the ducks come down from their penthouse to swim all day in the hotel fountain! Sit by the bar and you will all of the ceremony....More

Date of experience: November 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
Statesville, North Carolina
Help us plan itinerary (7 Replies)
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