Just Ducky takes riders on a Pittsburgh adventure by land and water. The vehicles are of amphibious design from World War II. The duck hits Pittsburgh's most important sites like the architecturally rich Business District, the deep culture of downtown, and through Three Rivers to get a view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
It's an hour long tour fully narrated, with a dip into the three Rivers of the city. Just remember to Quack!!!
Reservations are STRONGLY recommended!!!!
Reservations can be made over the phone or online.
Just Ducky Tours operates Rain or Shine.
We have a 48 Cancellation Policy, any cancellations after that time are liable for all charges.
Just Ducky Tours is handicap accessible. Advance notice must be made.
Very unique experience! I had my four sons, ages 13, 11, 3 and 3. All four of them stuck with it for the hour + tour, which is really saying something. The guides were funny and the information was super interesting - plus that constant moving of the duck truck/boat kept my little boys looking and engaged.
Going into and out of the river is a fun experience and two of my kids chose to help drive the boat when it was offered - I think that's such a fun thing to do!
Tips: Yes, book ahead if it is summertime. There were like six boats that were full of people that left when we did at 10:30 on a Friday morning.
Park in the giant parking lot that's right along the river - you walk back through a small tunnel and then you are at the restaurants and shops at the mall.
Their office is NOT actually right in front of the Hard Rock Cafe - it's farther down the street, a storefront in the mall itself. Just keep walking away from the big parking lot and you'll find it on the right.
Also, I had a little trouble with my email confirmation and I have to say that in all three of my interactions with the staff, they were always super responsive and kind.
Awesome experience all around.
Our family loves the Just Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh, Pa! The tour begins at Station Square with a scenic tour of the popular streets. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable of the city and pointed out any landmarks and buildings with Pittsburgh history. The tour loops around to the North Shore area and makes its decent into the water, where our wheeled vehicle became a boat! The best part about the tour? The guides asked for volunteers to drive it! My daughter was a little uneasy to drive, so I took her place and maneuvered the boat along the Allegheny River. So much fun! We live pretty close to Pittsburgh and visit frequently, yet still adored the history lesson on the Just Ducky Tour!
Went on the Ducky Tours in the Summer of 2012. Adult admission was $22, and children >5 was $15. The children loved it and volunteers even got to steer the boat in the water, great picture opportunity. The tour is a great length, not too short, and VERY informative (even for PGH natives). Be sure to arrive 30 minutes before @ Station Sq as noted on the website. Summer departure times fill up quick!
Before planning our vacation to Pittsburgh, I'd never heard of the Just Ducky tours. After hearing about them and checking out their website though, I knew they'd be perfect for our family.
The tours allow you to board a brightly colored, open air truck (it has a top though in case of rain) that takes you on a tour around the downtown area of Pittsburgh. The entire tour lasts about an hour and is fully narrated by a delightfully funny, in that corny-gotta-love-it kinda way, guide with help from a sidekick who also acts as the driver. The duo gets the crowd, both on the bus and in the city streets, involved in the fun.
We loved that you get to learn interesting tidbits you wouldn't know from exploring the city on your own (like that much of Silence of the Lambs was filmed in the city or that if you go to PNC park before a Pirates game and stand at the player entrance, you will likely be treated to autographs when the team members arrive!). And, not having to walk is a bonus too. For a family with three small children, one of which still relies on a stroller for longer jaunts, there is no way we'd be able to cover so much of the city on foot without having to stop multiple times for snack breaks and bathroom visits. Plus, walking for miles in the summer heat is soooo not our idea of a good time!
We got to see everything you could want to in downtown Pittsburgh from the historical city buildings owned by the Carnegie family to the cultural/theater district. Just when we thought the tour was over and there wasn't a thing left to be seen in downtown Pittsburgh, the bus became a boat and we entered the Allegheny River to continue our tour on the water. This was not only the most enjoyable part of the tour for me (something about being able to see the parts of the city you just can't see from your car and the serenity of being on water), but my Dudes loved this part the best too because they got to captain the boat!
Just minutes after the boat entered the water, the guide got up and asked passengers if they'd like a turn in the driver's seat. My middle son nearly leaped from his chair in excitement and was first to take a turn at the wheel. They interviewed him while he steered our vessel out into open waters and the tour guide continued our trip by pointing out some more of Pittsburgh's landmarks and giving us some history of the three rivers that run though the city center.
Back on land the tour continued as we headed back to the launch point.
I can't think of one thing we didn't enjoy about our Just Ducky tour. My husband loved that the guides gave such great info on the tour; they mixed in historical information to really give you a good understanding of the city's history. The Dudes loved riding through town on an open air bus and being able to captain a boat, of course. And I loved that we didn't have to walk anywhere which meant that no one cried or complained the entire trip; major score for my three Dudes! Plus, the entire staff, both on the bus and at the office was helpful, friendly, and fun to engage with.
Finally, the location is great. If you happen to arrive at Station Square for your tour a bit early like we did you can easily grab lunch from one of the many restaurants(although, you get a 15% off coupon to the Hard Rock Cafe AFTER your Just Ducky Tour if you can wait), pose for photos along the river, or take a trip up the Mongahela Incline like we did!
A few need to knows for potential patrons:
-The tour goes rain or shine, but the bus is covered so you won't get drenched.
-You may want to make a reservation in advance, especially for busy summer months.
-The tour is great even for small children, but they will need to sit for an hour and there aren't any car seats.
-You may have to pay to park. Free parking is hard to come by in the area.
-Don't. Be. Late. They don't hold the bus and the next one may be full so being late could make for a really sad day!
*Disclosure: Our family received complimentary admission for this attraction. We were not asked to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
This was a blast! A little pricy for a large family, but what a great tour. It gives you a different view of Pittsburgh than you get to see just by car or with one of the boat tours. The duck boats are WWII-era ampibious vehicles- a great learning opportunity for parents and kids alike. They even let you or the kids drive the boat down the river. The guides are very knowledgable and a lot of fun.
We love this tour. You board at Station Sqare and they load you onto old military vehicles turned into a tour "bus." They give you a great tour of part of the city, then drive right down into the water for a river tour! The kids (and I) love this part! The tour is a little expensive, but if you only do it once, well worth it! They do have big group discounts, and chaperones ride for free with large groups. Overall, a nice tour of town.
There’s a unique way to tour the city of Pittsburgh—by DUCK! Not the kind of duck with feathers, but a World War II military amphibious vehicle, a bright green bus-boat that carries passengers on a tour of Pittsburgh, on land and water. The only requirementfor passengers is that they quack. Hour-long tours depart from Station Square on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
It's a boat and a bus...what more could you ask for? Yea my son thought this was awesome! He was 6 at the time without the worries of an annoying little brother. Great way to see the Burgh, and learn a little about it's history. Station Square has some standard fair dining options as well, but the better spots to eat are further down East Carson (Try Mario's for late lunch pub grub, or Nakama for Japanese flambe!).