Last week we spent a very beautiful and blessed Easter Sunday together in San Francisco. It was wonderful to have Todd home for the holiday, and we were really happy to have my daughter's brother join us as well! We were excited because we had been invited to be in the Union Street Easter Parade -- on a Duck -- with Splash the Duck! After the parade we were heading to Ghirardelli Square for a tour and chocolate. Yes, please!
Ride the Ducks offers amphibious (land and water) sightseeing tours throughout San Francisco. The Ducks take you from Fisherman's Wharf, through the city and then the Duck splashes into the San Francisco bay and cruises around McCovey Cove. You've probably seen the Duck, or heard the quacking, while in San Francisco. Even though we are all Bay Area natives, none of us had ever taken a Ride the Duck tour, so we were really looking forward to our day.
We started off at Fisherman's Wharf where we enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by a nice walk to Aquatic Park. It was a beautiful, clear day - perfect for taking photos!
After walking, talking and shopping, we hiked up to Green Street and made our way over to where the parade vehicles were being staged. The kids were super excited! This was our first time at the Union Street parade as well as on a Duck, and they couldn't wait to see what would happen next. As we boarded, Captain Van gave us each a quacker and immediately the kids starting making music.
Soon, the music was on and the Duck was moving! As we turned onto Union Street we were greeted by a large crowd of colorful spectators, many wearing really fun Easter bonnets and outfits. We waved and quacked as we moved along the parade route.
Once we reached the end of the parade route, Captain Van took us to Ghirardelli Square for our tour. Press the speaker on the Vine clip below to hear the song he played for us. All the kids and adults loved this one!
Once we arrived at Ghirardelli Square, we were given an interesting and informative historical tour of the buildings which ended with - you guess it - bags of chocolate. Yum!
The Duck ride was fantastic, fun and entertaining. I absolutely recommend a tour for your family & friends or anyone you know coming into the Bay Area. It's a really great way to explore the city we already love, and an ever better way for those who have never been here.
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Disclosure: As stated, our family was invited to be guests of Ride the Ducks and participate in the Union Street Easter Parade followed by a tour of Ghirardelli Square at no cost. Opinions are my own. 4 Ride the Ducks passes are being generously provided by Ride the Ducks to one winner, and will be valid until December 2014.