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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
  • Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour of Boston
  • Narrated tour of Boston by land and water with your own personal ConDUCKtor®
  • Splash into the Charles River for breathtaking views of Boston
  • See Boston landmarks like Boston Common, Old State House, Quincy Market, and Prudential Tower
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80-minute Duck Boat Tour of Boston
Narrated tour of Boston with your own personal ConDUCKtor
20-minute boat ride along the Charles River
Multi-lingual Audio Guides available from the Museum of Science departure location.
See top Boston sites such as Faneuil Hall, Copley Plaza, Old State House, Public Garden and more!
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Museum of Science , 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114, USA

    Museum of Science 1 Science Park Boston, MA, 02114

  • New England Aquarium , 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110

  • 53 Huntington Ave , 53 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Prudential Center 53 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, 02116

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    The Boston Duck Tour covers it all—from the State House in the Beacon Hill neighborhood to Bunker Hill and the TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics. There’s Boston Common, a public park in downtown Boston and the oldest city park in the United States; Copley Square, a sort of public square in the Back Bay neighborhood; the Big Dig central artery/tunnel project; plus Government Center to Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower and more.

    That’s a lot, but that’s not all. It’s time for the duck to float—with a splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

    Important note: Multi-lingual audio guides available from Prudential Center and Museum of Science departures only.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Boston Duck Tours
    Set sail for the ultimate Boston land and water tour experience! You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tour! The fun begins as soon as you board your "DUCK", an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by one of their legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who'll be narrating your tour. Then you're off on a journey like you've never had before. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the Fleet Center, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. And just when you think you've seen it all, there's more. It's time for "Splashdown" as your ConDUCKtor splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won't get anywhere else. So take the ride of your life. Hop on a Boston Duck Tour! Important note: Multi-lingual Audio Guides available from Prudential Center and Museum of Science departures only.
    Admission Ticket Included
    Pass By:  
    Boston Public Garden
    America's First Public Garden, located in downtown Boston.
    Pass By:  
    Boston Common
    Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
    Stop At:  
    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773.
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Pass By:  
    Boston Public Library
    The library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
    Pass By:  
    Old State House
    Celebrating 300 years as America's oldest and most historic colonial building, the Old State House is now Boston's Revolutionary Museum
    Pass By:  
    Museum of Science
    Just imagine getting up close and personal with a 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil, witnessing an indoor lightning storm in the iconic Theater of Electricity, walking among butterflies, or taking a journey inside the human body!
    Pass By:  
    TD Garden
    As New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden is the home of the storied NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics franchises and hosts over 3.5 million people a year at its world-renowned concerts, and sporting events.
    Pass By:  
    Newbury Street
    Boston's chic shopping address mixes elegant boutiques with funky salons and trendy galleries.
    Pass By:  
    Massachusetts State House
    Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.
    Pass By:  
    Boylston Street
    Boylston street is a popular shopping street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
    Pass By:  
    Charles River Esplanade
    A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade is also home to the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops holds its annual summer concerts.
    Pass By:  
    Copley Place
    Located in the historic Back Bay, at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02116, Copley Place is Boston's most distinctive shopping destination with 75 fabulous stores including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., and Jimmy Choo.
    Pass By:  
    Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
    Landmark bridge in Boston, MA.
    Pass By:  
    Old South Church
    Church located on the Freedom trail in downtown Boston.
    Pass By:  
    Prudential Center
    Shopping Center in the heart of Boston.
    Pass By:  
    Arlington Street Church
    Historic Boston church filled with Tiffany windows.
    Pass By:  
    Boston Public Market
    The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.
    Stop At:  
    Charles River
    Enjoy a 20-minute Splash down Boston's Charles River.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Multi-lingual Audio Guides available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Chinese from the Museum of Science departure location only.
    • Accessibility: We have wheelchair accessible DUCKS from all 3 of our departure locations. If you are booking online you MUST call us and tell us you have a guest that needs to stay in their wheelchair as we need to pull 3 extra seats to fit the wheelchair in the DUCK. If booking in person ensure you tell our Guest Service Representative that you have someone in a wheelchair so we can also pull the 3 extra seats.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Boston Duck Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River.

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    • "Plenty of parking at the museum of science so it is a perfect place to get on the duck tour" See review
    • "I would say don't miss if you've never been to Boston ." See review
    • "I highly recommend this tour, the whole staff before embarking, the tour guide, the whole experience was worth the money and time." See review

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    star-5
    Nice experience with kids
    Lina_L
    , Jun 2022
    It was very nice experience with kids and no crying!! The captain and the guide were both nice, the captain let the people have a chance to drive the boat on the river.
    star-5
    Boston Deep
    Sebastian_C
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide knew the history of Boston from top to bottom, his in-depth descriptions, stories, and anecdotes made the ride unforgettable. This tour really gave me a new and improved perspective of the city. Recommended.
    star-5
    Two thumbs up for Michael Smith
    Alejandra_S
    , Jun 2022
    Michael Smith was an amazing guide! So personable and funny. Loved him and learned a great amount on the tour.
    star-5
    Great fun
    Mark_R
    , Jun 2022
    The duck tour is awesome anyway but we got lucky, didn’t get the guide’s proper name but he played a Duck Tracey character, total laugh from start to finish and very informative. Having a guide as fun as that adds a little something to an experience that was already well worth it
    star-2
    If you are paired with the Marathon guy as the commentator, run the other direction!
    Lindsay_N
    , Jun 2022
    We were with the Marathon guy and Captain Allen. Captian Allen was good, friendly, and no complaints there. The Marathon guy on the other hand, not a great experience. He was more interested in sharing his personal experience/growing up, that we would pass something before he would tell you what it was, it does ZERO help to find out what something is after you have passed it. When we went on the river, zero mention of the river name, learned it was the Charles after the fact, but learned all about him running the Boston Marathon twice as part of a team for the children’s cancer unit… and each medal he wears costs $9,000. He was obsessing about a fire that happened on Friday, and said, there will be so many lawsuits after that fire, still zero clue what happened, why there will be lawsuits, but that it was at a parking garage they are rebuilding. So scatterbrained, and not clear about what exactly we were seeing, and English is my first language, had it been Spanish like half our boat, I would have zero clue what was going on. He could rattle off facts, but almost as in if they were memorized to get the job, and he must cover a certain amount of facts. They did not make a whole lot of sense as they were told after we have passed something. I have done this tour in other major city’s and this is the first time I felt like it was not money well spent and walked away genuinely confused at what just happened.
    star-5
    The tour was full of...
    HyunJoo_L
    , Jun 2022
    The tour was full of interesting history! Our tour guide made it more fun. We highly recommended this tour to anyone visiting Boston.
    star-5
    Bobby Orr was a wonderful...
    Joesph_L
    , Jun 2022
    Bobby Orr was a wonderful narrator, Boston historian, comedian, & held the interest of all the ages aboard! Jim was a great driver
    star-1
    Damn Viator. Lost the sightseeing tour
    Manuel_L
    , Jun 2022
    Nothing to blame Duck boats by Viator. I booked the guided tour and Viator sent me to the Science Museum bus stop. I was in Backbay checking in and it was too late to do the tour as apparently the Science Museum is in the other side of Boston. I lost $100. Thanks Viator!!! Who sends tourists to a non touristy part of the city for a sightseeing tour????.
    star-5
    Narrator and Captain were excellent!!! 5 stars to all involved…👍😊
    Michael_H
    , Jun 2022
    Tour on the Charles River. History of the Back Bay. Narrator was brilliant…👍 I would definitely do this tour again but hopefully September.
    star-5
    You will have a blast quacking through Beantown
    Mitchell_B
    , Jun 2022
    Awesome tour, our guide “Chef Wolfgang” was a riot and very knowledgeable of the sites and sounds of Boston. Tour company was well organized which made for an enjoyable tour. Highly recommend as we learned a lot about the city and all it has to offer.
    star-5
    Charlie Chowder and Dave...
    Sean_O
    , Jun 2022
    Charlie Chowder and Dave are a great combination. Charlie is a wonderfully entertaining and knowledgeable guide. The tour is very family friendly and exciting. Loved it.
    star-5
    fun thing to do
    Katie_N
    , Jun 2022
    I’ve lived in Boston for four years and I still learned a lot of things on this trip plus the guide was cool
    star-5
    Amazing
    Abdulrahman_A
    , Jun 2022
    We really enjoyed the tour and it was amazing experience we loved it a lot and the duck crew they were really amazing thanks for the beautiful adventure.
    star-5
    Dr Quack was wonderful!...
    Cathy_N
    , Jun 2022
    Dr Quack was wonderful! He was very informative. We learned many interesting facts Thank you for a lovely day
    star-5
    Great experience!
    Diane_C
    , Jun 2022
    What a great family memory! Heartbreak Harvey was sooo fun and had so much knowledge! Will definitely be back!
    star-5
    Duck Tour Great - Viator not so good
    Tilman_E
    , Jun 2022
    Paparika was a great tour guide, love her energy! Experience was great however I did not like the third party Viator - it was not user friendly and difficult to navigate. After purchasing with error I cancelled and went directly to the tour to book. Not a fan of Viator and will not recommend it
    star-5
    Fun experience with interactive guide.
    Lisa_K
    , Jun 2022
    Fun experience with interactive guide. Liked the water and land variety while touring Boston. Fun facts given as well.
    star-5
    Fun way to check out part of Boston
    JUDE_F
    , Jun 2022
    Most enjoyable and fun way to see some important sights of Boston and to know a little about its history.
    star-5
    Awesome
    Minhong_L
    , Jun 2022
    Great day with my family. I highly recommend this place. You should like it funny Thanks good day for my family
    star-5
    Great narrator and...
    Brian_B
    , Jun 2022
    Great narrator and overall experience. Tour operator left on time and arrived back at the starting point at expected time.

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