Celebrating life in the city on a ducky tour.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox
We celebrated my wife’s birthday with our two eldest grandchildren, one of our brother in-laws, and my sister at multiple restaurants, a ducky tour of Pittsburgh, plus a ride up the incline. After purchasing the ducky tickets, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I am always hesitant for different restaurants since I am a “health nut” and often find it challenging for healthy alternative lunches. However, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh did an amazing job. I asked for a ‘special’ salad, describing what I wanted and they delivered to the letter. Now to my main point, if you buy tickets for DUCKY and decide to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, look at the tickets. They include a 15% off coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe and no I didn’t notice the coupon until we were getting ready to board the DUCKY.
We rode the white bus and were ‘entertained’ by a fun tour guy with a serious amount of hair (which I don’t have). The weather was near perfect with slightly overcast skies and temperatures in the high 60′s to low 70.
DUCKY that we rode
The tour starts in Station Square and crosses the Smithfield Street Bridge into the city making its way to the North Side via the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Passing by his statue and PNC park, the DUCKY heads toward the access way of the river past the war memorials (which are amazing and are a visit in of their own). Entering into the river is fun and exciting as the kids cheer with the tour guide and captain of the ship.
The water motor kicks on and off we go into the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh.
Passing by another DUCKY
We drove a short time on the water then the captain asked if any children wanted to drive the boat. One little boy raised his hand (so did I) and he had the opportunity to drive. Then the captain asked if anyone else wanted to drive and no other children wanted to drive. I kept asking – they then stated okay and I had the opportunity for a front and center view of the city and was able to get some amazing images.
I drove the ducky boat
Amazing view of the city from Ducky Tours Captain’s Seat
Taken from the Captain’s Seat of a Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh
After floating along the water, we traveled past the war memorials and into the North Side of Pittsburgh. Since my grandkids never rode an incline nor traveled to Mt Washington to view the city from the overlook, I felt it was a must do!
Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline
Just passing by
Just passing by
View from the incline car to Mt Washington
Our amazing city of Pittsburgh from the first overlook near the incline.
Pittsburgh from Mt Washington
Must see Mural
There were many cars in the parking lot next to this mural but it is located near the road by the first overlook in Mt. Washington and is a must visit for pictures!
Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington