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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Duck boat tour

Dr. Quack helps provide authentic Boston excursion by land, sea

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BOSTON -- It was toward the end of the tour, as we were crossing back over the Charles River, when our tour guide, Dr. Quack (seriously, he dressed like a doctor and this is what he called himself), extended the invitation to the 11 of us on board the amphibious vehicle.

"I want to invite you all back here next week when the Bruins have their Stanley Cup parade in these duck boats," Dr. Quack said.

If there were any St. Louis Blues fans on our replica World War 2-style DUKW boat (there were none), they probably would have stopped calling him doctor and just referred to him as a quack.


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But the doctor, whose real name is Victor, was being an optimist as he pointed out TD Garden during my ride Wednesday morning with the famous Boston Duck Tours, a company that for 25 years has been driving tourists through the streets and into the river to give them a historical tour of this great city.

I figured if the Bruins, like the New England Patriots earlier this year and the Boston Red Sox last year, might seize these 28 legendary duck boats for a parade if they win the Stanley Cup, why not experience one of them for myself as a slice of Boston on a gorgeous morning.

Our captain, Drew, who "has the hands and feet of a surgeon," Dr. Quack said, drove us through the streets, past the old State House and the Omni Parker House hotel, also known for where the Boston Cream Pie was created.

We went past the Beantown Pub, the only place in the world where you can drink a cold Samuel Adams while staring at the grave of Samuel Adams. The famous Revolutionary War figure is buried across the street in the Granary Burying Ground along with Paul Revere and John Hancock.

We made our way past Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, the golden domed Massachusetts State House, Cheers and 122 Bowdoin, where President John F. Kennedy once lived.

Into the Charles River we eventually went, past the beautiful building on the banks that is known as the Suffolk County prison, "the glamah slammah," according to Dr. Quack. They even let yours truly take the wheel while in the water for a few minutes.

The captain regained command and back we went on land, through traffic (yes, there's a lot of that here) to the New England Aquarium to end the tour.

I'd say it was quacktastic, but then you might think I'm the quack.

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