Monday, April 7, 2014

A Brand New Website!

We are thrilled to announce the unveiling of our brand new website! After sixteen months of hard work, we finally ditched our outdated website for an amazing new site! We couldn’t have done it without our unbelievably talented partners at Kre8tive Monkey in New Jersey and we hope you love our new site as much as we do.



Some of our favorite new features include a tour map, complete information on all of our group packages and location pages to help you decide whether you should depart from Westlake Center or Seattle Center! There’s also a photo gallery, the story of Ride the Ducks, and bios for some of our Wacky Captains!

Our new website has a blog built in to the site, so this will be Vinnie’s last post here, but we hope you visit Vinnie’s blog on our new site and while you’re there take some time to poke around a learn more about Ride the Ducks and our tours. Hope to see you #onaduck soon!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Super Bowl Parade #onaduck!

In a nutshell, today was EPIC!

USAToday estimates that more than 1 million of the 12th Man were in downtown Seattle today! Thank you to everyone who ventured the freezing temps to come downtown to support the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks! We did our best to wave at every single one of you!



It was exciting to have Beast Mode and the SeaGals on a Duck with Captain Rik O'Shay and Captain Max Stout! He was so much fun with a great sense of humor! Thanks for all the delicious Skittles!



We were proud to be part of the celebrations today and are working hard to collect photos and video from our staff so that we can share them with you! Big thank you to the Seattle Seahawks and Seafair for inviting us to be part of their special day to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII! We were happy to have everyone #onaduck!

Here are a few photos from today!































Thank you to all our media partners around Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area! Our President/CEO had great time visiting with each of you and we are appreciative of your support.

Check out some of the news clips by King5, Kiro7, Komo4 and the Huffington Post! Did you see Governor Jay Inslee called for a "Moment of Loudness" at 12:12pm today, check out Q13! We were also excited to see the story on NFL.com, ESPN and the Bleacher Report!

If you'd like to ride #onaduck just like the Seahawks, we'd love to see you soon!  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to Celebrate #onaDuck!

It's official! Super Bowl Championship Parade to feature 12 amphibious landing crafts! 

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks’ #1 defense destroyed the Denver Broncos #1 offense in Super Bowl XLVIII and on Wednesday, the entire city will celebrate with Seattle’s #1 City Tour: Ride the Ducks of Seattle! 


“We are thrilled to celebrate an epic Super Bowl victory with the 12th Man and the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks!” says Brian Tracey, President/CEO. “Seventeen years ago, Ride the Ducks of Seattle began as a locally-owned business with just one Duck and we are so blessed to have become part of the fabric of downtown Seattle. We were honored when we were asked to be part of this historic day!” 

The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Parade will start at 11am at 4th and Denny and travel down 4th Avenue to arrive at Century Link Field at 1:30pm. Members of the Seahawks organization will be onboard Ride the Ducks of Seattle, as well as state and local dignitaries, and of course, the 12th Man! We expect to see more than 300,000 of the NFL’s loudest fans downtown to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in Seahawks’ franchise history.


See you tomorrow #onaduck!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wedding Bells are Ringing!

You’re getting married! Congratulations! You must be so excited! With so many details to handle, do you sometimes feel a tiny bit overwhelmed? We want to help!
 
Imagine the surprise for your wedding party when a private Duck rolls around the corner to take them on a fun-filled tour of Seattle! They’ll be shocked when we SPLASH this Duck right into Lake Union!

The fun doesn’t stop there! We can drop off your party at one of partner restaurants for a yummy rehearsal dinner! Whether you’re seeking delicious Italian at Buca di Beppo, American favorites at the Hard Rock CafĂ©, dinner-game night combo at World Sports Grill or a classic brewery experience at Gordon Biersch, dinner packages include your private Duck tour and start at only $55! That includes tax and gratuity!

Our Group Sales department will make all the arrangements for you, so you can focus on more important things, like…what dress you are going to wear! So relax, we’ve got this! Let us eliminate just a little stress from your wedding preparations! Give us a call!

Kids love the DUKW! Will your youth group love it too?

The DUKW is an engineering marvel! It’s an amphibious vehicle that is both a truck AND a boat! Nothing quite compares to rolling into Lake Union on the DUKW – it delights kids of all ages!

Special group activities are an important part of a young person’s development! When the right outing is selected, youth groups can share a positive travel experience with their church or school, or even through their summer camps and community centers! Ride the Ducks of Seattle is a family-friendly excursion which generates excitement with fun facts, wacky music and entertaining Captains! 

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and for field trips - April and May are great times to ride! We’ve even developed special seat maps to strategically place your chaperones to help keep your little peeps in a row while on board! Book early for the best availability and we hope to see you soon!

Friday, January 10, 2014

We've got the 12th Man Spirit!



With the Seattle Seahawks competing in the NFC Divisional Championship tomorrow against the New Orleans Saints, today is an extra special Blue Friday and the city is a buzz with excitement! The 12th Man logo is popping up all over town and we decided Vinnie needed to get in the spirit!

Vinnie is our ENORMOUS inflatable Duck balloon that sits on our roof at our Seattle Center location. He's surprisingly much larger than you would think and the Seahawks Team Shop was unfortunately out of quadruple-double-macchiato-XXL Russell Wilson jerseys.

With true, make-it-happen 12th Man spirit, our Marketing Director teamed up with Operations and after many discussions about how big Vinnie actually is, we finally decided on his jersey specs. But, the million dollar question was: How would we actually create this jersey monstrosity?

Enter the amazing wife of our Director of Operations! Not only does she put up with her husband's long hours and infamously dirty clothes, she's a master seamstress!

Vinnie's jersey is hand-crafted from 4 giant king-size sheets! After sewing the sheets together, we painstakingly sewed the sleeves on, plus a 12th Man Flag and voila! The biggest Seahawks jersey in Seattle was created!


It was a blustery, cold morning, but with the help of our entire team, we got Vinnie dressed and ready for a Seahawks victory tomorrow!



Ride the Ducks is excited to show our 
12th Man Pride for the Seattle Seahawks! 
Help us cheer them on to victory! GO HAWKS!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ride the Ducks is Hiring!

Do you love Seattle? Do you love meeting new people? Are you often told that you're the 'Life of the Party'? Have you always wanted an office with a view?

If you answered 'YES!' to all of these questions, RIDE THE DUCKS of SEATTLE wants to hear from you!
Ride the Ducks is Seattle's #1 Land & Water Tour and we're currently hiring enthusiastic, outgoing, conscientious and responsible individuals for our 2014 season. In this unique position, you'll have a lot of fun, never be bored and you'll never experience the same day twice.
We asked our Captains why they LOVE their job and here are a few of our favorite answers:
  • “I get to meet interesting people from around the world and drove them into a lake!”
  • “ I cannot recall another job where almost every workday ends with ‘Wow, today went by quickly!’”
  • “I get to drive a truck in the water a boat on land!”
  • “I am an Ambassador of Seattle!”

Full-time & Part-time positions available. We provide all safety, driving, maritime, and tour/entertainment training necessary. However, prerequisite boating experience is required to qualify.

Interested? Email your resume with a cover letter describing your boating experience to: careers@ridetheducksofseattle.com with subject: I want to be a Duck Captain! For more information, please call 206-441-4687.

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Stuff the Duck a HUGE Success!

Ride the Ducks is thrilled to donate $10,000 to Starlight Children’s Northwest along with toys we have collected for this holiday season! Our 2nd annual Stuff the Duck toy drive was a huge success and we are honored to partner with such an incredible organization. Starlight Northwest works hard year-round to help seriously-ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.


 

This year’s Stuff the Duck kicked off with the Macy’s Parade in downtown Seattle, where we filled three Ducks with Starlight families and drove them through the parade! We had a blast with the families on board and were overjoyed to give them the opportunity to participate in this Seattle holiday tradition. 

We also collected new toys and games for Starlight Northwest from November 29th through December 18th at our Seattle Center and Westlake Center locations. After weeks of soliciting donations and filling our toy bins, we are excited to donate all the items to Starlight in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter for seriously-ill children and their families. In addition, we are adding a $10,000 donation to help this organization with all of their amazing efforts!

Friday, November 29, 2013

#HolidayDuck Photo Contest

Share your holiday photos with us using hashtag #HolidayDuck and you could win FREE prizes!

Whether you’re onboard a Holiday Duck Tour or celebrating with your own family traditions, we want to see all the fun you’re having this holiday season! Share your holiday photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #holidayduck and you could be randomly selected to win a special gift from Ride the Ducks of Seattle!

It’s easy as (pumpkin) pie to enter: Just post a photo to your Facebook, Twitter @SeattleDucks or Instagram @ridetheducksofseattle and include #holidayduck in your caption or post! 
Vinnie can’t wait for our #HolidayDuck Tours to start!

Don’t miss what we’ve got in our stockings this holiday season! We’ll randomly select our favorite photos to win cool prizes! Plus, you could see your photo on our social media pages! Win free Duck tour tickets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, plus lots of other goodies we’ve been saving just for you!

We look forward to seeing your holiday photos and hope to see you on a #HolidayDuck this year! 

Don’t forget! Land and Water Tours depart daily 362 days per year! Show your family and friends Seattle by land and water during the day! We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but tours depart daily every other day from both Westlake Center and Seattle Center departure locations.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

And the race is on…with COUPONS!

Another Thanksgiving tradition continues with the Seattle Marathon this weekend!  After running 26.2 miles of hills around Seattle, you deserve some R&R!  What better way to relax than by taking in the sights of beautiful Seattle on a Duck! 

You've been training for weeks (or months) and we want to congratulate all Seattle 5k, 10k, half and full marathon runners with a $2 off coupon on our Original Land and Water Tour!  Just bring your race bib or registration to our Seattle Center or Westlake Center locations this weekend!

We'll see you on Sunday! Be sure to wave at our Duck just past the starting line!

Fine Print:
- Valid for tours departing November 29-Devcember 1, 2013 from our Westlake Center or Seattle Center location
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Make reservations in advance online using code: MARATHON
- MUST show race badge, race bib or registration form to receive discount