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“Love the ducks”
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 28 June 2018 via mobile

Atmosphere is excellent
Antiques everywhere
Music on a self played piano

Very comfortable seating

Have been multiple times

Thank mbrindley68
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Went to see the peabody ducks, it's free to watch and very fun, get there early for best veiw of the ducks

Thank ksmith89
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Get there early to get a good seat! Great show with Great history!!! To get a seat in the lounge be there at least and hour early. Otherwise gather round the edge or go up to the mezzanine level. Kids can sit next to the red carpet leading to the elevators.

Thank C2162FS
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We got there early to get a seat which was great. However, the actual Parade of the ducks is over in a matter of minutes! So don't be late. Always a crowd. Go to roof to see there little Palace!

Thank Magsnz02
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

We had no idea about this and had never heard off it, but whilst on a tour bus of Memphis found ourselves dropped off outside the hotel and told to return as soon as the ducks hit the water LOL!!!! It was a pleasant surprise, the hotel is beautiful (I would like to stay there) it was very busy and popular but we managed to find a good viewing point (even though we had no idea what we were going to see) The trainer gave a little talk and explanation of why it is now a tradition which started in the 1920's or 30's. The ducks decided that day not to do what they were expected to do and went on a wander around the crowd, evading staff and customers trying to round them up. It was very funny and makes me smile just remembering it. So I would say definately worth a visit if you are in the area, or better still stay at the hotel.

Thank Linda D
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