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Boston - Boston Duck Tours

4 Copley Place, Suite 4155
617-267-3825

Contrary to local belief, the unique idea of a Duck Tour did not originate in Boston. Duck operations have been in existence in the Midwest for decades, and in fact, continue to thrive. What we did, however, is take a unique product and improve and enhance it, while at the same time bringing it to a major metropolitan city. Although this sounds simple, the process from start to finish took nearly two years, "100 halls of government" and fierce determination by an ex-banker who felt that there was more to life than the standard 9-5, corporate world.

Opening in Boston required approximately 30 permits from various regulatory agencies. The permits were difficult to obtain partly due to the infamous bureaucratic red tape, but also because most people had never heard of Ducks and simply thought the idea of a land/water tour in Boston was crazy. At one point, Andy Wilson, Founder, was told that it would be easier to build a skyscraper in the center of the Boston Public Garden!

What began as a four-Duck, 15-employee business on October 4, 1994, has grown to a 28-Duck, 125-employee powerhouse in the Boston tourism market. Since inception, Boston Duck Tours was voted by Boston Magazine as "Best of Boston" in the city tour category, and voted Boston.com's "Best City Tour". The company also was honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at their Small Business of the Year Luncheon, Andy was named Small Businessperson of the Year for Massachusetts, and Andy also received a Spirit of Enterprise Award from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. On a busy day in 1994, we carried 600 passengers, compared to 4,000 during our peak season. The growth of Boston Duck Tours has been extremely important. However, we firmly believe that growth at the expense of quality is unacceptable. We continuously strive to improve upon the quality of the Ducks, the tour and our employees and not grow to the point where we become intrusive on the local community. We remain committed to strengthening the mutually beneficial relationship we have worked so hard to establish with the city of Boston.

In 2000, Andy Wilson left Boston Duck Tours to pursue other projects. His management team took over the company and has continued to build upon its foundation.



Reviews

Anirudh Sharma

Rating:
Monday, April 23, 2018
Informative and fun - a wonderful way to explore Boston, if you are here for the first time! The tour guide and driver were very warm, fun, and professional. Our guide was hilarious. He added to the whole experience. It's a 80 minutes tour on both land and water! They are able to pack a lot of information in those 80 minutes. Sometimes you might feel a bit overwhelmed soaking in all that information. But hey it is Boston - City of Firsts - so you can only try to cover as much in 80 minutes! Another highlight - they let kids drive the "Duck" in water, sometimes adults as well.

Azi JA

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Informative and fun guides. Great land and water experience with lots of historical sites and facts. Nice way to experience Boston, which is full of history and American 'firsts' Tour takes about 1.5 hrs and you learn a fair bit. Had a chance to drive the duck in the water, which was fun :)

Ekaterina Kulikova

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Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide Betty (I hope I remembered the name right) is a very charismatic person, she provided a lot of interesting information about Boston history and places to see. However the part of the tour on land seemed a bit hectic. Betty told many interesting facts about Boston but it was in a bit of a hurry because she had to adjust the story to the speed of the Duck and the Duck itself cannot move much slower as the traffic, I suppose. I am not sure if this downside can be improved somehow. But as a tourist first time in Boston I wished that the ride could be not so hectic and the story could be told in a slower and calmer pace, so Betty could tell us even some more interesting details about the city and its history ;) Nonetheless I still recommend the Duck tour, if you haven't taken it yet. It is an interesting experience. Especially if you have kids because the guide will invite them to drive a Duck on the water for a little while :) But if you are looking for a more detailed unhurried tour with more extensive information about Boston, its history and places of interest, or would like to see some other sights off the beaten path / Freedom Trail, I would recommend to try another tour.

Shimon Neustadt

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Monday, April 9, 2018
One of the greatest tours I ever was on, starting off with our driver singing, and all the quirky comments, and the chat at the end, Great knowledge of Boston. Was a great way of seeing Boston

mr Boston

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Saturday, May 5, 2018
My only regret when I saw sox couldnt get to a duck tour . Ill be back its really cool goes where boston tea party happened unbelievable . Boston is a really interesting place to tour go to Omni hotel get coffee and Boston cream pie it was created there .You can buy whole pie in bakery too which I recommend .

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