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Ride the Ducks, Seattle amphibious vehicle tour

Ride the Ducks is a duck tour operator, and an eponymous tourist attraction in U.S. cities such as Branson, Newport, Kentucky, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia and Seattle.[1] It makes use of amphibious vehicles (nicknamed "ducks") to provide tours of cities by boat and by land. Several such services have sprung up in recent years in other major cities including Cincinnati, Boston, Portland, and Toronto. Ride the Ducks in owned by Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, which is involved in various family entertainment ventures.

The actual vehicle is based on the famous World War II DUKW amphibious design (see post-war use). Today, the company builds its vehicles from the ground up to incorporate advances in marine design and safety. Ride the Ducks now owns the rights to, and manufacturers its own amphibious vehicles.[2]

Ride the Ducks supported rescue and evacuation efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. They volunteered equipment, crew, and other resources in order to help evacuate residents of the hardest-hit areas. The volunteering team was deemed "invaluable" by those involved in the rescue effort, as the DUKWs were able to safely access areas inaccessible by other means.[2]

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