Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Our Day with the Ducks

Want to tour historic Riverside Drive, peek inside Great American Ballpark, get up close to the World Peace Bell, and splash down in the Ohio River all in one trip? Ride the Ducks!

Sheila here.
We took a "quack-tackular" family trip on Newport's Ride the Ducks tour. The Ducks are amphibious vehicles based on the famous World War II designs which can travel both on land and in the water. I first experienced a trip on one while visiting my brother in Boston, and I was thrilled when the attraction arrived here in the tri-state.
As you board the Duck at Newport on the Levee, your tour guide hands you a quacker, and it's quite a sound when everyone on the vehicle quacks at passers-by. The Duck tour takes you into downtown Cincinnati for a splash-down in the Ohio River with the song "Rollin' on the River" playing on the loud speakers. While our tour guide pointed out well know landmarks like the Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Serpentine Wall, she filled us in on the history of Cincinnati and Newport, highlighting facts like Cincinnati being home to the nation's first Major League baseball team, to our area's involvement in the Underground Railroad, and our ties to America's Steamboat heritage.
It's great fun with a little education at the same time. Our Duck was filled with tourists from Michigan to Illinois along with a few of us locals. Ride the Ducks runs daily from its location at Newport on the Levee, and you can find the ticket booth right outside of the aquarium. It's a great way to see our hometown from a whole new angle! You can find out more by logging onto http://newportducks.com/

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