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Review of The Peabody Ducks

The Peabody Ducks
Ranked #23 of 117 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin? Back in the 1930s Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Tennessee sippin' whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were selected as "guinea pigs," and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition which was to become internationally famous.® In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became The Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991. Nearly 90 years after the inaugural march, ducks still visit the lobby fountain at 11 a.m
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was a perfect first stop when reaching Beale Street! My daughters (8yrs & 1 yr) both enjoyed the special upfront action of watching the ducks!

Thank Kate D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We were in the area and it was raining, so we decided to duck into the Peabody to see the ducks retire for the evening. It was quite a production! They rolled out the red carpet and the lobby was packed. My teenagers thought it was kind of funny.

1  Thank rhokanson
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was told to me by others who had already visited Memphis. It was a very cute routine but wish they could find a better way for everyone to see the show.

1  Thank Julie B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Very quirky practice of ducks coming into the lobby and spending the day in the fountain. At the same time every afternoon, the duck master makes some announcements then they are herded along the red carpet, into the lift and up to their evening home. Loads of people come in to see them if you want a closer look, arrive early and buy a drink in the lobby.

Thank Jean I
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Took my son and there were so many people, couldn't see a thing. Was so looking forward to this part of our trip, and missed it. Could hear what they were saying, but couldn't see ANY of it! Advice: go early!

Thank Nancy C
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