Duck Adventures gives Duck Boat Tours in PCB

Since 1942, the DUKW has been carrying people from land to water to land again. Originally the DUKW was a military vehicle, but one of Pamama City Beach’s latest attractions has these amphibious buses dressed in yellow giving creative tours of the beach.

Duck Adventures has two of these yellow, open-aired boat-buses giving tours daily. Opened in February, their “wall of fame” is already quickly growing with pictures of happy travelers blowing their duck billed noise making “quackers”.

You’ve probably seen them driving around town – you know, those big yellow boats on wheels with “Tame the Duck” on the side?

About the DUKW

From Wikipedia 

The designation of DUKW is not a military acronym; rather, the name comes from the model naming terminology used by GMC:[5]

  • “D” indicated a vehicle designed in 1942,
  • “U” meant “utility”,
  • “K” indicated driven front wheels,
  • “W” indicated two powered rear axles.

The DUKW was used by the US Army, US Marine Corps and Allied forces in landings in the Mediterranean, Pacific, on the D-Day beaches of Operation Husky, Normandy and also during the battle of the Scheldt, Operation Veritable and Operation Plunder.

They’re 31 feel long, 8.25 feet wide and capable of up to 50 mph on the road and 6.4 mph on water.  The original DUKW’s had 6 cylinders, but the Duck Adventure models have 350 V8’s and all new transmissions.

Tame the Duck Tours

Currently they have two tour boats with a third scheduled to come online in the first weeks of summer.  Each boat holds 28 people.

Tours run every two hours daily beginning at 10 am and ending at 6 pm, and they run about 75 minutes.  They operate out of the Shoppes at Edgewater and travel a route on the east end of Panama City Beach.  A “west end” tour is in the works, but won’t launch this tourism season.

Beginning the second week in June, tours will run every hour on the hour.

The tour leaves the Shoppes and heads east on Front Beach Road to Thomas Drive, then down Thomas Drive to the Curve.  From there they head north to Captain Andersons where they take a right to launch at a private boat ramp just to the east of Lighthouse Marina.

Once they enter the water they tour Grand Lagoon and “land” the same place they “launched”.  The tour then takes you up Thomas Drive to the Fly Over, down Front Beach Road to Middle Beach Road, then back to R Jackson Blvd.

All along the tour, the guide/captain offers an entertaining narration of fun local hotspots, must-see places and live events you can’t miss.

Tour Costs and More Info
  • Adults $24.95
  • Kids 12 and under and seniors $17.49
  • Kids 3 and under are free
  • Family of four special – $69.95

For more information, visit their website or swing by and take a peek!

Dune Buggy Park is OPEN

We first told you about the dune buggy adventure park coming about a year ago. We followed up a couple weeks ago to find that it was opening last Friday. Well, now it’s open – at least the dune buggy part. The rest opens in phases over the next 8 weeks.

So I’m sure you’re dying to know all about my driving adventure, right?

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It’s Decided – The Treasure Ship will not be Re-Built

After months of speculation since the devastating fire on April 28th 2010 left the beloved Treasure Ship restaurant just a shell of its former glory, owners Lisa and Jimmy Todd have decided not to re-build. The historic landmark was opened in 1978 and since became one of Panama City Beach’s favorite eateries, thanks to its glorious waterfront setting, abundance of character, great food and friendly staff.

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Dune Buggy Track Bound to Succeed

Panama Dunes – Dune Buddy Adventure Park is about ready to open. When we checked in with them a few weeks ago, we didn’t have much more information other than they were coming, that it was sure to be a blast and that they were not open yet. Now, we know approximate pricing, age limit for driving, a little more about the dune buggies and about when they are going to open.

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Dune Buggy Attraction coming to Panama City Beach

Put your driving gloves on because Panama City Beach’s newest attraction will be the Panama Dunes Dune Buggy Adventure Park.  Located right on Front Beach Road, directly across from the beautiful and emerald green Gulf of Mexico, this half-mile track will take you up and down and all around.

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WonderWorks OPENS in Panama City Beach

One of the great things about Panama City Beach is that in addition to having gorgeous beaches and emerald green waters, there are tons of fun things to do OFF the beach.  We all know and love Pier Park, we have a blast racing go-carts and playing miniature golf, and now we have a whole new adventure on Panama City Beach, WonderWorks.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t WonderWorks that really awesome all inclusive entertainment-plex in Pigeon Forge, TN that has ‘over 120 interactive adventures that will challenge your mind and body?'”  Yep, that’d be the one! And, it’s right across from Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Managing owner, Mike Walsingham was gracious enough to host my inner child for an afternoon of thrills, flight simulations, “Far-Out Art”, and a towering ropes challenge course that brought me more than 30 feet in the air.

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An Update on the Newly Opened Miracle Strip at Pier Park

It started out in 2008 as just the original carousel from the bygone Miracle Strip Amusement Park being brought to Pier Park as a piece of nostalgia. Fast forward two years and with several more rides now being restored to their former glory and proudly sitting in their new home, the spirit and joy of Miracle Strip can once again be experienced in Panama City Beach. Continue reading “An Update on the Newly Opened Miracle Strip at Pier Park”