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.
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 8 USA locations.
The McDowell’s launch Ride The Ducks in Branson, MO
Ride The Ducks agrees to provide vehicles to Boston Duck Tours, a relationship that continues today.
Ride The Ducks agrees to provide vehicles to Ride The Ducks of Seattle, also a relationship that continues today.
RTD subsidiary Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented “Stretch Duck,” significantly improving the classic WWII DUKW
Ride The Ducks opens in Philadelphia and Stone Mountain Park (GA).
Herschend Family Entertainment acquires Ride The Ducks International
Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing receives USCG approval for patented “Truck Duck,” an entirely new and modern design based on nearly 30 years of operating experience
Ride The Ducks launches in Newport, KY (across the river from Cincinnati).
Ride The Ducks becomes an independent company.
Ride The Ducks opens in Guam.