When you move to Seattle, there are a number of things you must do. You visit the first Starbucks, watch fishermen toss fish around at Pike’s Place Market, go to the Space Needle (screw the EMP), take the Underground Tour, attempt to drunkenly eat a 12 egg omelette at Beth’s Cafe, and ride the Duck.

I’ve lived in Seattle since 2004 and have done everything on that list except one – the Duck. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but, for some reason, always put on the back burner. I suppose I figured I could do it “anytime”, but “anytime” never came around. This year, I finally did it.

The Duck is a 1.5 hour land and sea tour around Seattle. You and your shipmates board a refurbished amphibious vehicle from WW2 outfitted with loud speakers and a tour guide who’ll keep you entertained with city tidbits, jokes, loud music, and funny hats. You’re encouraged to wave, and sometimes tease, pedestrians and other Duck riders, should you pass another vehicle. (And you will.)

If you’re new to the city or just visiting, you must ride the Duck. It’s a great way to get a crash course in Seattle’s history and a fantastic way to see this city in the summer. If you’re from Seattle, you may find the price tag rather steep to visit places you already frequent, as I did.  Still, I’m happy to finally check this attraction off my list.