Explore Portland, Maine Aboard Our Duck Boat!

Climb aboard as we twist n' turn through the historic city of Portland, Maine and without skipping a beat, we splash (you will not get wet) into beautiful Casco Bay!

We operate Maine's only modern land and sea vehicle that can show you Portland by land and water without ever leaving your seat.

This is a fully narrated 60-minute duck boat tour that is perfect for all ages. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check-In Time and Place

  • All customers must check-in at 177 Commercial St (look for The Blue Lobster Gifts' blue awning), Portland, ME 04101. Tours depart directly across the street from here.
  • Please arrive for check-in 30 minutes prior to your tour time, boarding begins 15 minutes prior.
  • Plan ahead to find parking - See our Contact and Directions page for parking suggestions.

Points of Interest

Tour highlights include the following (routes vary)

  • Victoria Mansion
  • Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Portland Observatory
  • Fort Gorges
  • Longfellow Home
  • Eastern Promenade
  • The working waterfront
  • Portland Headlight
  • Spring Point Lighthouse
  • Breakwater Light
  • Arts District
  • Old Port
  • Portland Museum of Art
  • Harbor seals
  • Lobstering
  • Calendar Islands
  • Restaurants & shops to visit and more!


*What is a "Duck" boat?**

This vehicle is able to drive on land and also motor in the water! It's a bus...it's a boat..... It's the "Duck" boat!

*What kind of "duck" is the Maine Duck?

M/V Bufflehead is a custom-built, US Coast Guard approved amphibious vessel that was built right here in the state of Maine in 2005. It is 38′ long, 12'2" tall, and has a 175 horsepower turbocharged diesel engine.

*Do the Ducks run in the rain?

The Maine Duck will operate in moderate rain and weather conditions. The top and sides can be covered as rain passes by.

*Do I need to buy tickets for babies?

Yes, due to Coast Guard regulations, all passengers must purchase a ticket for a total headcount.

*Can pregnant women come on the tour?

Pregnant women should attend at their discretion. The ride can be a tad bumpy, so please consult with a doctor beforehand if you have any concerns.

*Can I bring my dog on board?

As a DOT regulated vehicle, a dog may join a passenger on tour ONLY if the dog meets the DOT definition of a service animal below:
- A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability
- No longer considers an emotional support animal to be a service animal

*Will I get wet on the tour?

No, you shouldn't get wet while on the water (unless there is a little rain).

*Can I bring food and drink on board?

Yes, but no alcohol is allowed on our public tours.

*Is there assigned seating on the tour?

All seating is first come, first served.

*Can I bring a stroller on board?*

We will happily store trollers (and wheelchairs) at the duck stop which is monitored throughout the duration of the tour. Keep in mind that the Maine Duck is not responsible for these or any personal items.

*Is there a bathroom on board?

There are NO facilities on board. Please make a stop before you board your tour. There will be public restrooms available within two blocks of our meeting spot and we can direct you to them!

*Is there parking nearby?

Yes, there are parking meters on the street and several parking garages nearby. See our Contact and Directions page.

*Can I book a private tour or charter?

Yes, we offer private charters. There are also discounted rates available for groups of 20 or more people.


*Can I bring a stroller on board?

We will happily store strollers (and wheelchairs) at the duck stop which is monitored throughout the duration of the tour. Keep in mind that the Maine Duck is not responsible for these or any personal items.

*Is the tour handicapped accessible?

The Maine Duck has nine steps to board. If you have limited mobility and are able to climb aboard, with the help of our crew, we will store wheelchairs at the Duck Stop.

* Parking
See our Contact and Directions page.

*Can I bring my dog on board?

Yes, if your dog is well behaved. Please make a stop for them before you board the Duck!