If you’re in Boston, take a Duck Tour! A “duck” is “an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle”. Quoting their web site sums up the tour: “First, you'll be greeted by one of our 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 TD Banknorth Garden, 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.”
Our tour lasted about an hour and a half and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Our conDUCKtor was Dr. Ima Quack http://www.bostonducktours.com/conducktors_25_imaquack.html and she was an absolute riot! Nothing beats a good tour guide and, sadly, you can only know the degree of truth in that statement if you’ve ever had a bad one (and we have). Dr. Quack kept us laughing through the entire tour while peppering the trip with salient information where appropriate; she even stopped the vehicle for photo ops (backing up traffic didn’t concern her greatly!).
They have two departure points: the Museum of Science and the Prudential Center. We chose the latter as it was directly across from our hotel. The cost of the tour is $26 per person, $23 for students and seniors and $17 for kids under 11. They take your photo as you board and you have the option to buy that when you disembark for $20. (Ours turned out pretty good, and I *very rarely* feel able to speak positively of any photo I’m in!) I later realized that, along with the 6”x8” cardboard framed photo, the 4”x6” photo and the two wallet sized photos, the package also included a 6”x8” photo of one of their tour boats in the Charles River at sunset with the city buildings in the background. A great plus!
Take the tour and don’t forget to tip your guide!