DC Ducks in Washington, DC

Historic Tours of America50 Massachusetts Ave. NEWashington, DC 20001
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See all of Washington DC’s top landmarks from the comfort of land and sea! Onboard a DC Ducks tour, you’ll learn all about our nation’s capital, history, and more about the vessel you’re touring in. Great for visitors of all ages, the DC Ducks tour allows you to see a great deal of Washington DC without ever having to leave your tour vehicle!


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See the famous Smithsonian Museums and many other magnificent Washington DC points of interest…then hold onto your seat as you head straight for the Potomac River, and take the big splash!

On board the DC Ducks Tour you’ll enjoy the area’s most extraordinary sightseeing excursion while riding in an authentic, fully restored DC Duck vehicle. The Ducks were created in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor and became a vital means of transporting supplies from ships to areas that did not have port facilities. The vehicles were built by encasing two and a half ton GM trucks in a watertight shell.

Now, one of the most entertaining ways to sightsee in Washington DC, the DC Ducks take guests on a journey through the city to see various malls, monuments and museums before heading to the Potomac for a leisurely river cruise. Along the way, our expert Conducktors will amuse and enlighten with intriguing facts, historical accounts and tales about our capital city.

And the best part, it all takes place in one vehicle, without you ever having to leave your seat! Once in the river, the DC Duck Tour will sail past various spots of interest, including Gravely Point, where you may just glimpse an airplane overhead as it soars in for a landing at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Take the children, grab your friends and head out for a 90-minute adventure that’ll thrill and delight you all. The DC Ducks Tour departs every 30 minutes from Union Station.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
"Excellent trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019
This was a 1:30 trip 30 minutes on the 30 minutes on water and 30 minutes back. Really enjoyable. Captain very knowledgable and had a good sense of humour probably one of the best trips.
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Amy W
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Best Thing to Do on land or water!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 27, 2019
What a wonderful time we had today with Capt Steve and the DC Duck Tours. The day was perfect and the mood on the vehicle was terrific! Everyone had fun and really enjoyed the detail our Capt Steve provided thoughout the whole tour. Best $40 I've ever spent in DC.
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"Great fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019
Duck tour, excellent,driver was knowledgeable,friendly and a great character.Highly recommend as something different. Vehicle is an original from the 1940's.
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Rochester, New York
"Cool tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019
While in DC for a conference my friend and I went on this tour. It was cool being in an original "duck" while is a car on land and a boat in the water. The tour is 1-1/2 hours long (30 minutes on land to the Potomac, 30 minutes in the Potomac and 30 minutes back on land) They allow children to steer while the duck is in the water and that's cool for the kids. The biggest downfall for me was being subjected to the tour guide's political views. I did not pay to hear how he feels about the current administration and he should keep his views to himself.
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"More Wonderful than Expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 03, 2019
The Duck Tour was more wonderful than expected! We were comfortably seated, and in thrall of Captain Jim's patter about all the buildings and statues we saw on land and on the water. Going from land to water was a highlight! Loved hearing about the production of these duck boats. Best of all was cruising on the water and finally feeding the ducks who knew to come to our boat. Highly recommended!
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Frequently Asked Questions about DC Ducks

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours begin at Union Station and depart every 30 minutes.

What will I see on a tour?
Tours include a variety of Washington DC landmarks and notable destinations.

When are tours available?
Tours operate from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day with the exception of Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and the Marine Corp Marathon. Additionally, tours do not operate from November to mid-March. Tours will begin again in April.

Is the vehicle safe?
Yes. The fully restored DUCKS are held to the highest of safety standards.