One of our FAVORITE things to do in Ketchikan, by far, is the Ketchikan Duck Tour. This tour is a quack-up! Seriously, it's hilarious. The narrator and captain are a comedy show in themselves - not to mention the cool amphibious vehicle that is both bus and boat!
Only fun people allowed!
When we first moved to Ketchikan, we made it our mission to go on every tour available to see what our many tourists get to experience when they visit our amazing city. After going on the Duck Tour many, many times, we recommend it to all family and friends looking for Ketchikan Alaska cruise excursions as it is one of the best!
The Duck Tour's Amphibious vehicle parked at the dock in Ketchikan
The Ketchikan Duck tour is an hour and a half long and is split into two parts - 45 minutes of a downtown city tour where they drive around the city streets, making stops at many of the hotspots in the downtown area. We saw Totem Poles that are scattered around the downtown area, the Salmon Ladder with jumping salmon, City Park, the ballfields, Creek Street, Dolly's House, Thomas Basin Marina, Staircase Streets, Trestle Streets, and Ketchikan Creek where we saw thousands of Salmon in the spawning grounds.
But that's not all! Once we finished with the city tour, we drove out of town, through the world famous tunnel to Bar Harbor, the largest marina in Ketchikan and the bus became a boat. They - literally - drive the bus down the ramp into the water...(hence...duck tours!)
A Duck in Ketchikan Alaska, driving right into the water!
Then we enjoyed a 45 minute harbor boat tour where we got an up close look at all of the amazing fishing boats, views of the fish canneries, opportunities to see wildlife (whales, eagles, jumping salmon), and the fascinating view of the city from the water! Since most of Ketchikan is built on the water, the best way to get a view of the city is at harbors edge. Many people see the city from their cruise ship, but because they're so high up, they don't get a real feel for how the city is built and how many of us live.
The Ketchikan Duck Tour cruising along the harbor in Ketchikan
Once we finished with the water portion, they drove right back out of the water (way cool!) and did a quick fresh water rinse of the vehicle to get all of the salt water and seaweed from the tires (wouldn't that be funny to see driving down the street!) and they took us right back to where we began.
You can make reservations by clicking the link above or tickets can be purchased through your Cruise excursions desk.
Check out the Ketchikan Duck Tour video!
The Ketchikan Duck Tour is a family-friendly tour that is good for the whole family. It's not uncommon to see an entire family from youngsters to grandparents enjoying the tour.
It is one of our favorite tours and one of the top things to do in Ketchikan Alaska. We insist on taking all of our family and friends on it when they are visiting Ketchikan. I highly recommend it!
Michael and I on the Ketchikan Duck Tour - enjoying some rare sunshine!
Visitors to the Ketchikan Duck Tour page may also be interested in the following pages:
Ketchikan Maps - Free Walking tour maps & more of the Ketchikan Area
Weather in Ketchikan - The highs & lows and what to expect during your visit!
Alaska cruise packing list - What to pack for your trip!