Peabody Ducks

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Peabody Ducks showing performance art as well as a large group of people

Five mallard ducks, one drake and four hens make a show of dropping down from their rooftop palace in this regal hotel to frolic in the Italian fountain.

The Peabody Ducks is a majestic and iconic Memphis hotel known for the ducks that can be seen quacking around its fountain. A favorite with kids, the tradition dates back to the 1930s, when the general manager and his friend would leave their live decoy ducks from hunting expeditions here to the amusement and delight of the guests. Bring your little ones to watch the ducks strutting around their eminent surroundings.

Note that the ducks are kept in the so-called Duck Palace on the roof of the hotel. The Peabody Duckmaster leads them down in the elevator to the Peabody Grand Lobby. Check out his Duckmaster Cane. Watch the charming process unfurl, as the ducks traverse a red carpet past their adoring fans to the sound of the King Cotton March by John Philip Sousa. See the ducks at play in and around the glorious Italian marble fountain.

At the end of the afternoon, the ducks are led back through the lobby where they experience the same reception. Watch them waddling back into the elevator, to spend the evening in their rooftop palace.

Chat with staff about the intricacies of the origin of this unusual tradition. In 1933, general manager Frank Schutt and his friend Chip Barwick had returned from a hunting trip in Arkansas and left their live duck decoys, which were legal at the time, in the fountain. The ducks became famous around the country, even appearing on Sesame Street and on talk shows with Johnny Carson and Oprah Winfrey.

The Peabody Ducks ceremony is in the Peabody Memphis hotel in the core of the Downtown Memphis district. It is just a few blocks inland from the Mississippi River. Ride a bus to one of the nearby stops or walk north from the Memphis Tennessee Central railway station for about 20 minutes. While you’re in the area, make sure to check out nearby treasures such as AutoZone Park, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Fire Museum of Memphis.

Top Hotels Close to Peabody Ducks

DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
4 out of 5
185 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
The price is $144 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, Beale Street, and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and Renasant Convention Center ...
3.7/5 Good! (974 reviews)
"Better than expected"

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Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown
Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown
4 out of 5
164 UNION AVENUE, Memphis, TN
The price is $169 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is steps from Mississippi River, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and AutoZone Park. The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (254 reviews)
"Emily at the front desk was absolutely amazing . She went above and beyond for our stay . She made my boyfriends birthday extra special . A very nice hotel near everything . Thank you Emily for your kindness"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown
Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis
Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis
3.5 out of 5
33 BEALE STREET, Memphis, TN
The price is $169 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is steps from Mississippi River and Orpheum Theatre. Statue of Elvis and Beale Street are also within 5 minutes. Memphis ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and helpful for anything we needed. Only thing I would change is slightly different options on the in house menu."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis
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4 out of 5
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The price is $144 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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2.5 out of 5
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The price is $152 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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3.5 out of 5
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