About Us

Quack-Tastic Memories!

Ride The Ducks is the nation’s largest amphibious tour operator and licensor, with a fleet of nearly 100 vehicles in use around the US and Guam carrying nearly 1 million guests annually.  Our mission is “Serving Through Sightseeing” and we offer our guests an entertainment sightseeing experience that is fun, informative and engaging so that we can serve our employees and communities.

Ride The Ducks is headquartered in Branson, MO.

ducks with people

Our Migration

Ride The Ducks was hatched in 1977 in Branson, Missouri when local entrepreneur Bob McDowell acquired a small sightseeing business and quickly adopted the mission to build a better guest experience. Today, our fleet exceeds 95 vehicles, carrying over 1,500,000 guests each year in 6 USA locations.

1977

The McDowell’s launch Ride The Ducks in Branson, MO

1994

Ride The Ducks agrees to provide vehicles to Boston Duck Tours, a relationship that continues today.


1997

Ride The Ducks agrees to provide vehicles to Ride The Ducks of Seattle, also a relationship that continues today.

1999

RTD subsidiary Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented “Stretch Duck,” significantly improving the classic WWII DUKW

2003

Ride The Ducks opens in Stone Mountain Park (GA).

2004

Herschend Family Entertainment acquires Ride The Ducks International

2006

Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented “Truck Duck,” an entirely new and modern design based on nearly 30 years of operating experience

2012

Ride The Ducks becomes an independent company.

2014

Ride The Ducks opens in Guam.

2016

Ride The Ducks opens in Mobile (AL).