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Eric R

Eric R

Happily-married father of the most adorable little girl in existence. Computer geek, Mac lover, Gator fan, flaming liberal, Reform Jew.

Jun232013

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Washington DC Duck Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The "DC Ducks" tour was outstanding. We took this tour recently -- my wife and I, along with our 7-year-old daughter and a couple of local friends from Maryland. None of us had ever done a duck boat tour, in any city.

We had some rain the morning of our tour, which slowed us down getting to Union Station for our 10AM departure. We were at the desk (near the front of Union Station) around 10 minutes to 10. We were the last 5 people on the 10AM tour, though on busy days, they "roll over" to a 30 minutes past the hour tour. So most days, you wouldn't be waiting an entire hour for the next tour.

As a result of our late arrival, we were at the back of the vehicle, and in fact myself and one of our friends were in the very back row, outside the canopy, on the wooden seats adjacent to the rear ladder / outboard motor. Not a big deal, and in fact the extra height gave us a little better view. The occasional rain was a minor hassle, but with the provided ponchos, we managed.

Our driver was great, very informative. About the only part I didn't like was when he took the duck (for a few short minutes a couple of times) on the highway. The duck boat isn't really capable of highway speeds, and the driver was deliberately slowing down, pointing out spots of interest. Sitting at the very back without a seatbelt, I was slightly nervous watching DC drivers barrel down us from behind!!

Still, a great experience. Driving from the streets of DC down into the Potomac is quite a thrill!

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