World’s Largest Rubber Ducky To Join Tall Ships On The Delaware River; Get Half-Price Tickets With Exclusive VISITPHILLY Discount Code

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That’s a six-story tall rubber ducky! A huge sculpture just like this one will float on the Delaware River this June during the Tall Ships Challenge festival. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015)

UPDATE: The VISITPHILLY ticket code expired June 24 at 11:59PM EST. Tickets to the Tall Ships Festival are available, but standard prices apply.

Ahoy, Philly! In just a few weeks, visitors to Philadelphia will be able to witness massive seaworthy vessels on the Delaware when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 lands on both shores of the Delaware River June 25-28.

Tall Ships Challenge is an annual event, which drifts in a three year cycle between the waters of the Great Lakes, the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of North America. This June, the festival will pull into port in Philadelphia for four days of sailing, sights and more.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to navigate their way to the Delaware to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on one of the dozen-ship fleet’s massive ships, which will all dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.

But not only ships will float on the Delaware.

See The World’s Largest Rubber Duck

Get ready: The largest rubber ducky in the world, a 61-foot-tall giant yellow rubber duck, will join the Tall Ships Challenge on the Delaware River!

A playful sight that aims to inspire viewers to conserve natural resources and waterways for future ducks, the enormous rubber ducky is the latest version of the now-iconic floating sculpture originally created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck, a huge 11-ton yellow vinyl duck, will join the dozen-ship fleet and the rest of the visually impressive attractions showcased during the Parade of Sail and throughout the four-day festival on the two-sided waterfront.

Exclusive VISITPHILLY Code For 1/2 Price Multi-Day Tickets

Ready to set sail? Tall Ships tickets are on sale and are selling fast.

Tickets range from $7 for a single-day ticket to $150 for a special VIP sail pass.

The most popular ticket to get is the Multi-Day Pass, which provides admission to the event and on-board ship tours on each day of the four-day festival on both the Camden and Philadelphia waterfronts.

Multi-Day Passes are normally $24.99 but Uwishunu readers can get multi-day passes for half off, or $12.50.

This is a crazy good deal — with admission to all four days of the festival plus on-board ship tours on both sides of the river for only $12.50!

The special offer will be available for a limited time (through June 24 at 11:59 p.m.), so we recommend booking your multi-day passes now.

UPDATE: The VISITPHILLY ticket code expired June 24 at 11:59PM EST. Tickets to the Tall Ships Festival are available, but standard prices apply.

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The Delaware River will be dotted with both domestic and international ships, including The Sagres (shown) built in 1937. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015)

Regular Tickets & More

Visitors have tons of options for passes, too — including a single-day pass ($7), a multi-day on-board tour pass ($19) and day sail tickets ($85), which offer the chance for visitors to actually set sail on the Delaware River aboard a grand ship.

Tickets to attend the Tall Ships Challenge are selling swiftly, so we highly recommend scooping up passes now.

The festival will also be accompanied by a number of events and activities on both shores of the Delaware, including historical reenactments, live music, dance, youth sail training, a craft beer garden and more.

The event is sponsored by a collaboration of four Delaware waterfront organizations: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Coopers Ferry Partnership, Adventure Aquarium and Independence Seaport Museum.

Stay tuned for much more on how to sail through what’s sure to be an epic event.

Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015

When: June 25-28
Where: Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia and Camden
Cost: $7-$85
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The Tall Ships Challenge festival will open its huge festivities with a Parade of Sail, featuring all of the participating ships and The World’s Largest Rubber Duck. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015)

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Headlining the dozen-ship fleet of Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 will be L’Hermione (shown here), a replica of the 145-foot long Concorde class frigate that brought General Lafayette to the aid of the fledgling United States during the Revolutionary War. (Photo courtesy Friends of Hermione Lafayette in America)
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The World’s Largest Rubber Duck will float on the Delaware River — just for fun! — for four days during the Tall Ships Challenge, June 25-28. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015)


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  1. Hi Kristy, The half off deal is still running. Be sure to use code VISITPHILLY when checking out. Thanks!

  2. Hi Frosty,

    Thanks for reaching out! The festival area will be ticketed, but the big rubber duck will be visible from other areas of Penn’s Landing.

  3. I was in Center City Philadelphia today at One Penn Square and was told to like and posts pic of my daughter with the Rubber Duck and some hash tag quotes they gave me. Is this where I’m suppose to do that or on IG or FB

  4. i dont drive,how can I get there from trenton?is the river line train,can get me there?

  5. Hi There,

    Traveling from Trenton to Philly is easy! Just ride the SEPTA’s Trenton Train Line to any one of the number of stations in Philadelphia – we recommend getting off at Jefferson Station and taking the subway or a cab to Penn’s Landing. Here’s a link to SEPTA’s trip planner. Thanks!

  6. Will I be able to view the tallships and Duck from the Delaware River in Essington on their way to Penn’s Landing? Thank you.

  7. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for reaching out! The details are not 100 percent solidified, but the parade is expected to start at approximately 1 p.m. on the 25th. Click here for more information.

  8. How will parking be for the DMB concert the same day. It appears the festival is using the same venue?

  9. Hi Amanda,

    It is probably best to reach out to the concert venue directly, but the concert will be at the Susquehanna Bank Center and will most likely have its own parking lots. Thanks!

  10. You stated that although there is a charge for the festival are, the ship can be viewed in other area’s in Penns Landing, like where? Also is that the same on the Camden side? Are there places where i can view the Parade w/out participating in the festival? I hve 8 grandchildren, i cant afford the festival for everybody, but would like the enjoymemt that the boats woild bring the children.

  11. Hi Shalan,
    Thanks for reaching out! We should have more information on this soon. We will be sure to contact you when we have more info.

  12. Hi Shalan,

    Click here and scroll down to the “What are some other places we can watch the Parade of Sail?” section at the bottom. You can see the Parade of Sail from spots like Fort Mifflin and the Navy Yard. Thanks!

  13. Does the $7 festival ticket include the ferry to cross the river? Also, is there a separate charge for the ferris wheel?

  14. Hi Bettina,

    Thanks for reaching out. It seems that ferry access is included in the price of all tickets — click here for more information. Admission to the Ferris wheel is an added cost, though. Thanks!

  15. Where can the ships be seen sailing on Monday or Tuesday, June 29 or June 30. Would Fort Mifflin be a good place to see them leaving on Monday?

  16. Hi Jillian,
    Its Sunday and I live about an hour away. We are planning to drive up so that the children could see the Duck. We are not attending the full event. I have two questions based on previous posts. First, is the duck currently inflated? Second, what could I possibly put in my GPS to help me find where in Penn’s Landing (I am totally unfamiliar with the area) I can bring the kids to see the duck without having to pay for the full event. Thank You!

  17. I was really looking forward to the Tall Ships. I went Sunday and bought the$15 pass to get on the ships and ride over to Camden to see the other side. I was however disappointed as I felt the event was poorly managed and I spent one hour to get on one ship which to me was no fun at all. The line to the ferry to Camden was impossible and the one pier on the Philly side closed since there were simply too many people.

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