We received complimentary admission to Ride the Ducksas part of a promotional blogger tour of Branson, MO through the US Family Guide. All opinions are 100% my own.
I grew up riding boats on a lake, fishing, and camping, so when we found out that we were going to get to experience a Ride the Ducks amphibious boat ride, my husband and I were extremely happy. Seriously — we could LIVE on the lake.
I had heard about these kinds of tours, but have never been on one so I was excited about heading out on the lake and finding out how these boats/driveable vehicles worked.
When we arrived for our tour, we were given our tickets and “quackers” to use for the tour. Everyone needs duck lips like these.
They have a fleet of these boats, so if there is a long line of people to ride, no worries. You will get right on.
After we got on the boat, our joyous captain, Captain Woody, started telling us about what to expect, when he wanted us to quack our lips and some of the amazing sites we were going to see.
He really was a great tour guide. He was funny and my kids instantly fell in love with him.
We started out on our journey, which by the time the tour is finished, you have been gone just a little over an hour. We traveled through the roads of Branson. Captain Woody gave us great restaurant recommendations, shared some jokes with us, and then pulled into a museum of sorts of old war vehicles from Vietnam and World War II.
An underlying theme that I noticed while in Branson is that they are big supporters of the Veterans, so everywhere we went, somehow, it was tied in, but honestly, they deserve all of that recognition considering all that they have done to ensure my family’s freedom.
My son really enjoyed this portion of the Ride the Ducks tour because he has always been fascinated with Army life and the vehicles used.
We were also shown the very first Ride the Ducks boat which was tucked away in the woods on our tour.
The boats from back then look a lot different than today.
One thing that really got me interested on this tour is when Captain Woody shared with us that back in the war days, they used these amphibious vehicles to carry ammunition to the ships and on to the shore.
DUKWs were first built by General Motors in 1942 and were basically a truck enclosed in a water-tight shell. You may think they are called DUKWs because they can splash into the water and out again, but actually the name is a military acronym. The letters are codes indicating that it was designed in 1942 (D), for utility/amphibious purposes (U), with front wheel drive (K), and two rear driving axles (W).
Ride the Ducks in Rescue Missions
I was pleasantly surprised to find out during our tour that the Ducks have been used in rescue missions, like during Hurricane Katrina. Ride The Ducks was the only amphibious tour operator/manufacturer to support the rescue and evacuation efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They immediately volunteered equipment, crew, and other resources in order to help evacuate hundreds of residents of the hardest-hit areas.
Okay — so here is the moment you have all been waiting for — the splashdown! It was SO fun!
Once we splashed into the water, the ride was so smooth and enjoyable. We all sat back to take pictures of the beautiful Table Rock Lake. We also got to watch all the little kids enjoy driving the boat.
This was such an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to enjoy it with my family.
Branson is such a family oriented place with so many amazing attractions to see.
The price for one adult ticket is $21, but right now, you can save an additional $3 off your admission price. However, it always works best to buy combo tickets for several attractions because you get a much better deal.
If you are wanting to visit Branson and need some more ideas of places to visit, be sure to check out my other posts on the attractions we visited.
- World’s Largest Toy Museum
- Silver Dollar City
- Showboat Branson Belle
- Grand Country Inn
- White Water
- Hollywood Wax Museum
- Jonah Sight & Sound Theater
My family and I are already making plans to head back to Branson real soon!
What about you? Have you ever done a Ride the Ducks tour?