8 Seattle Oddities You Gotta See to Believe


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Weird, wonderful and wacky, Seattle has its share of oddities for your family to explore—each one guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Flip through the gallery for eight must-see tourist attractions you won’t necessarily find in the Seattle guide books.

Ride the Ducks

Ever wondered what it would be like to drive a truck into Lake Union? This 90-min round-trip tour (1 hour on dry land, 30 mins in the brine) is a chance to learn lots of Seattle trivia in a rock-n-rolling way. The DUKW amphibious landing craft (“duck” for short) played an important part in World War II – now its job is to take you cruising around the sights of Seattle. Then, it’s time for splash down as your Duck plunges into Lake Union. Ride the Ducks is fun for all ages, even “ducklings” (tiny tots).

Take Notice: A ride on a Duck isn’t complete without a quacker – a quacking noisemaker in the shape of a duckbill. Add a quacker to your ticket for $2.50 and quack your way through the tour.

Good to Know: A seat must be reserved for everyone in your crew, 3 months to 103 years old. Car seats are not necessary but small baby carriers are OK. Strollers are not allowed on board, but can be stored in the Ride the Ducks building when you depart from the Seattle Center. There is no storage available at Westlake Center.

ADA: Due to their World War II vintage, the Ducks are not ADA accessible. All guests must board and de-board via eight steps on the back of the Duck. There are handrails and Duck captains are happy to allow for additional boarding time. Walkers and wheelchairs can be stored in the Ride the Ducks building when you depart from the Seattle Center location.

Ride The Ducks has two departure locations: Seattle Center and Westlake Center. Both tours share the same tour route, but start at different locations.

Seattle Center
516 Broad St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

Westlake Center
4th Ave. & Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Online: ridetheducksofseattle.com

Cost: $35/Adults (13 & older); $32/Senior (65+); $20/Kids (4-12); $5/Tots (3 & under); Military discounts available. Save money when you book online.

photo: Ride the Ducks Facebook page

Do you have any odd or silly Seattle sights to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below.

— Helen Walker Green

Feature photo courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography.

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