Educational Tours of Boston – Boston Duck Tours

Teachers & Schools

General Information

October & November Discount for K-12 School Groups

(Weekdays Only) Book your K-12 student group for October or November & receive $2 off every student and adult ticket. You will also receive 2 complimentary adult passes for every 20 paying students.

Information for Teachers and School

Since its inception in 1994, Boston Duck Tours has carried hundreds of thousands of school children throughout the streets of Boston. Boston Duck Tours is as educational as it is entertaining and has become extremely popular with school groups. A Boston Duck Tour is an excellent way for students to learn about Boston, the birthplace of American freedom. Many significant historical events have occurred in Boston, and we have found an exciting, unique way to present this material to student groups. In an effort to maximize the learning potential, this page has been created for teachers and students.

Boston Duck Tours can handle even the largest of school groups. For more information on school groups and other attraction options, please call our sales department at 800.226.7442 or 617.450.0068.

Activity Options
The following attractions and restaurants are suggested by Boston Duck Tours. You may book any of these options through our group sales department (with no additional booking fee). We do this as a service for our wonderful guests and to help make your job easier!

Museum of Science, Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theatre, SkyWalk Observatory, New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, The New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises, Shear Madness, Simons IMAX Theatre, J.F.K. Library & Museum, Blue Man Group, King’s Bowling and Billiards, Codzilla, Fenway Park Tour, Freedom Trail Tour, Spirit of Boston (Lunch & Dinner Cruises), the Mapparium and Trinity Church Tour.

Eataly Food Vouchers, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheers, Uno’s, Fire + Ice, Hard Rock Cafe, King’s, Fresh City, Union Oyster House, Uno’s, Legal Sea Foods, Maggianos and Fajitas & ‘Ritas.

School Lectures

Boston Duck Tours has three educational Power Point presentations that will bring to your school at no charge. Schools must be within 40 miles of Boston.

Because Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, a lot of country’s firsts occurred here. For example, Boston had the first newspaper, the first automobile, the first chocolate factory, and many more. We have a presentation of Boston’s many firsts suitable for children in grades 4-8, and it take about 40 minutes.

Kindergarten through Grade 3: For grades K-3, we offer illustrations and a reading of Robert McCloskey’s celebrated children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings”. We also explain how the author was inspired to write his story about Mrs. Mallard and her eight duckings. This presentation takes about 30 minutes.

Grades 5 & 6: For grades 5-6, we have a presentation on water conservation. Although we get plenty of rainfall every year, a number of communities have water shortages. This presentation is a joint venture of Boston Duck Tours and the Charles River Watershed Association. It takes about 30 minutes.

For more information, please call Jim Healy at 617-438-4915 (For general information on tours and ticket sales please call 617-450-0068).

Essay Contest 2019

Win a $1000 scholarship, plus a FREE Boston Duck Tour and a Visit to the Old State House for Your Class

Boston Duck Tours Essay Contest

To promote an appreciation for our state’s history, The Bostonian Society and Boston Duck Tours, with the support of Revolution 250, sponsor a yearly essay contest for greater Boston area school children in grades 5-8. Students in grades 5-6 are asked to submit an essay of 300-500 words, Students in grades 7-8 are asked to submit an essay of 500-700 words. The First Place student in each grade group receives a Duck Tour and a visit to the Old State House for his/her class (up to 36 people including chaperones). In addition, the author of the winning essay in the grades 7-8 category will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Winning schools are responsible for providing transportation to Boston for the Duck Tour and visit to the Old State House. The tour must be booked for a date no later than May 31, 2019.

This Year’s Winners are:
7-8 Grade

First: Teagan Mustone, Andrews Middle School, Medford, MA
Second: Salma Ngokila, Pioneer Charter School of Science, Saugus
Third: Whitney Smith, Dover Sherborn Middle School, Dover

5-6 Grade
First: Hailey Tran, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Malden
Second: Caroline Efstathiou, Saint Mary of the Hills, Milton
Third (tie): David Fleurme, Saint Mary of the Hills, Milton
Third (tie): Cecilia Torres, Ambrose Elementary, Winchester

This Year’s topic: One hundred years before the first battles of the American Revolution, Native Americans in Massachusetts revolted against the English colonists. This war, known today as King Phillip’s (or Metacom’s) War, began in 1675 and spread throughout New England. It resulted in the destruction of twelve colonial towns and numerous Indian villages.

Since this is to be a relatively short essay, may we suggest that you provide a brief overview of the war and then concentrate on a single aspect of the war, perhaps one of the events that led to the war, an attack on an English town, or an Indian village, a person who participated in the war, or the long term effects of the war on both the English and Indian population. If there is an aspect of the war that touched upon where you live, you could focus on that. How has that history been remembered locally? Be creative.

Feel free to contact Jim Healy at Boston Duck Tours if you have any questions about the essay contest. Jim may be reached at 617-438-4915 or

Entries should be received no later than February 14, 2019. Please include the student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school, and school address on the front page. The student’s name should be on each subsequent page. Send entries to Jim Healy, Boston Duck Tours, 4 Copley Place #4155, Boston, MA 02116

Judges for the 2018 Essay Contest will be Martin Blatt, PhD, History Department, Northeastern University; Professor Robert Allison, PhD, History Department, Suffolk University; and Nat Sheidley PHD, Executive Director, The Bostonian Society.

The Bostonian Society operates the Old State House as an historic site and museum. Built in 1713, the Old State House was the seat of colonial government, home to the Massachusetts Assembly, the Supreme Court of the Colony and the office of the Royal Governor. It was here that many of the basic principles of American democracy, later enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, were first expressed. John Adams described it as the site where “the child Independence was born.” The Bostonian Society seeks to foster a understanding of the world-changing ideas and events associated with the Old State House, and the ways in which they influence our lives today. The Society was founded in 1881 to save the Old State House from demolition; since that time the Society has preserved the structure and kept it open to the public as a museum dedicated to Boston’s Revolutionary history.

Revolution 250 is a growing consortium of organizations who have come together to celebrate, commemorate, and interpret the 250th anniversary of the events culminating in the American Revolution.

SYTA Youth Foundation

Formed in the year 2000, the SYTA Youth Foundation is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic, sister organization of the Student & Youth Travel Association of North America. The purpose of the Foundation is to design and implement programs that “give something back” to student and youth travelers. By providing volunteer and financial resources, the Foundation is continuing to make a positive difference in the young lives of tomorrow’s global citizens. For more information, please visit
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