Rubber Duck Tours Gets Ready to Splash Down in Long Beach
2009-04-23 · By Editor
Ready to see the best of Long Beach on land and in the water? Then take a seat on the Rubber Duck, an open air amphibious vehicle specially designed and built to be used on land and water. It is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone on board.
Rubber Duck Tours uses custom made state-of-the-art amphibious vehicles called a “Hydra Terra.” This vehicle has positive buoyancy foam-filled compartments making it virtually unsinkable. This vessel will remain afloat even with the drain plugs removed and full engine room flooding. The Hydra Terra is 39′ long and 8′ feet wide and has a seating capacity of 45-49 passengers. On land, it can travel up to 65 miles per hour and require drivers to hold a Class “A” or “B” CDL License issued by the California Department of Transportation. By sea, the Hydra-Terra travels at 6 knots and must be operated by a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain.
The Rubber Duck Tours will roll through downtown and see some of the places that make Long Beach one of the greatest cities in the country. After boarding the ‘Duck’ at the corner of Shorline Dr. and Pine Avenue, riders will have a “Duck’s eye view” of the historic downtown area and learn about Long Beach’s transformation from a farm community to the bustling port city it is today. Then “splash” into the second largest port on the west coast to view the Queen Mary and also the mega ships that make the port what it is today. All along the tour guide will entertain guests with historical tidbits and interesting insights into our unique city.
Tours will being in June. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for kids ages 4–12. Call 714-625-8135 to purchase tickets or make reservations by phone. For more information visit the Rubber Duck Tours website.