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Tall Ships Festival in Philadelphia Adds World's Largest Rubber Duck

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | May 29, 2015

Tall Ships Festival in Philadelphia Adds World's Largest Rubber Duck

Rubber ducks have become synonymous with childhood, but when the world’s largest rubber duck makes its way down the Delaware River outside Philadelphia in June, this won’t be the standard bath toy you remember.

As part of the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 event taking place on the Delaware River on June 25-28, the area will play host to the world’s largest rubber duck, weighing in at 11 tons and standing 61 feet tall.

Event organizers are looking to raise awareness for conservation of resources and waterways for actual ducks. Executive producer of Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden, Craig Samborski, released a statement, “It’s just fun, pure and simple. The World’s Largest Rubber Duck inspires us to enjoy the world’s waterfronts and conserve our natural resources for future ducklings.”

The official Twitter account of shared an image of the duck:

Not only will the riverfront event feature a giant rubber duck, but there will also be a plethora of beautiful tall ships on display. With 12 of the most unique and historical vessels in the world on display, visitors will be treated to famous ships such as the French frigate Hermione or the Tall Ship Sagres of Portugal.  

Spectators will be able to view the vessels from the shores of the river, climb onto a select few to see what it was like onboard and even sail in one of the classic tall ships. Tickets for a sailing pass will be $85.

As for those satisfied with attending the festival overlooking the river, ships and giant duck, admission is only $7, and the party will feature historic reenactments, music, dance, a craft beer garden, Philadelphia’s best food offerings and more.

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