Choosing a local tour company when traveling can be overwhelming. There are so many to choose from that finding a tour company that is unique and stands out can be had to spot at first glance. For us, Ride the Ducks Branson was an easy choice. From Philadelphia, San Fransisco to Guam, Ride the Ducks has been entertaining tourist since 1977. In fact, Branson was the very first location to launch a Ride the Ducks location. Now owned by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, Ride the Ducks offers a unique experience that will leave your family quacking for more.
Very similar to the famous World War II DUKW amphibious design, the company now builds their vehicles from the ground up. Duck captains are certified by the United States Coast Guard and hold commercial drivers’ licenses. They are also fully trained in first aid and CPR for safety purposes and are fully equipped with various life jackets
The tour started near Branson Landing and took us to Branson Entertainment District, Table Rock Dam, Baird Mountain, a tour of several historic American military vehicles and of course Table Rock Lake. The scenery was breathtaking! Had we not experienced our Ride the Ducks tour I would not have had the opportunity to visit Baird Mountain which had beautiful views of the Ozarks and of Branson. It was definitely a perfect opportunity to take several photographs aboard our tour plus the kids thought it was “so cool”!
My son was so excited to experience Ride the Ducks in Branson. Throughout our first few days visiting Branson my son had seen several Ride the Ducks vehicles and eagerly awaited our upcoming duck adventure.
Our tour guide Deacon was very outgoing, personable and funny but simultaneously attentive of safety. As a mother I felt we had the best of both worlds, a new adventure with safety as the number one goal. What I enjoyed most about our tour is that Deacon, our duck captain gave us some valuable information about Branson, including free and affordable attractions in Branson as well as important history that my family enjoyed. Plus he offered several travel tips regarding traffic which came in handy on our departure day of Branson.
We visited the Showboat Branson Belle earlier in the week and had a first hand look at the paddleboat in water.
Can you believe my son got to drive the vehicle while in water? He definitely got a kick out of that! I loved how special he and all of the other children felt after having their chance to be a duck captain.
Don’t leave your camera at home! I have a small waterproof clear plastic bag that I leave my camera in when I am near water. I waited until we were safely in water before I pulled my DSLR and mobile phone out to capture experience. The Ride the Ducks boarding line can seem very long but don’t worry, they move rather quickly.
Tip: If you collect pressed penny, Ride the Ducks offers a pressed penny machine!
Adult (ages 12-61) $21.00
Senior (ages 62+) $20.00
Child (ages 4-11) $12.00
Infant (ages 0-3) Free, but must be ticketed
You can purchase tickets online and receive a Wacky Quackers® ($2.00 value) for Free. Believe me, your child will want a quacker! You may need headache relief after but the 70 minutes of quacking fun is worth the experience aboard Ride the Ducks Branson.
You can also purchase combo tickets with other attractions for additional savings.