Ride The Ducks Branson
Duck's Eye View
Ride The Ducks is the nation's largest amphibious tour operator and amphibious vehicle manufacturer. Our mission is to "create Quack-tastic" memories worth repeating" by offering our guests an entertainment sightseeing experience that is fun, informative and engaging.
Our fleet exceeds 90 vehicles, carrying over 1,200,000 guests each year around the United States.
Ride The Ducks is headquartered just outside Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia.
We hatched this business in 1977 in Branson, Missouri when local entrepreneur Bob McDowell acquired a small sightseeing business and quickly adopted the mission to build a better guest experience.
1977 - The McDowell's launch Ride The Ducks in Branson, MO
1994 - Ride The Ducks agrees to provide vehicles to Boston Duck Tours, a relationship that continues today
1999 - RTD subsidiary Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented "Stretch Duck," significantly improving the classic WWII DUKW
2003 - Ride The Ducks of Philadelphia opens
2003 - Ride The Ducks of Stone Mountain Park (Georgia) opens
2004 - Herschend Family Entertainment purchases Ride The Ducks International
2006 - Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented "Truck Duck," an entirely new and modern design based on nearly 30 years of operating experience
2008 - Ride The Ducks launches in San Francisco and Newport, KY (across the river from Cincinnati)
2012 - Ride The Ducks becomes an independent company.
Really great. Entertaining, informative and fun. Not only did they specifically make it fun for the kids, but they made it a point to honor our veterans and our flag! Much needed and appreciated in this day in age. I'd give them 10 stars if I could.
This was a lot of fun! The best part was splashing into the water! The duck sits very low on the lake-about a foot from the water-a lot of fun. The price is high (which is why it gets 4 stars) but I don't know another tour that offers water and land tours in one! The tour guide was a lot of fun. I hear people complaining about the exhaust but honestly I did not notice it at all. If you have normal breathing and no asthma it is totally fine. Note-This tour has a lot of patriotic things to it considering the Ducks were originally an army vehicle.
Very disappointed in this ride. The exhaust fumes triggered my sister's asthma. They dropped us off at another attraction to wait on a bench for transport back to the site. With the terrible Branson traffic, it took more than a half hour. They could have sent us to the aid station, but instead chose to leave us sitting in the bus parking lot. The person sent to pick us up couldn't have been more wonderful. He was kind, attentive and just a great asset to this attraction. This super nice mechanic was the best part of the whole ride. I've brought several people to Ride the Ducks in the past and it has been great. This last visit really soured me. I'm not sure if I'll be back. For sure, don't go if you have any physical limitations, they aren't very helpful.
This was one of our family's favorite outings while here in Branson. We took the tour on our first day here. We got to see what the strip and some other areas were like. Our captain was great at providing us with lots of information while making sure we all had a fun time. They even let the kids drive while out on the water. It was definitely something our whole family would recommend.
This was very fun and a great way to see the nature side of Branson. Our guide was informative and hilarious. I do wish we had spent more time in the water but it was still beautiful. I will say though, heads up in you have asthma. These are older vehicles and there is exhaust fumes, try to sit closer to the front.