Albany, N.Y. -- The Albany Aqua Ducks have teamed up with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and local restaurants for a series of special lunch and dinner tours. The one-hour Super Splash and Lunch Tours depart at 12 Noon across the street from the BID office at 54 State Street for a Splashdown into the Hudson River aboard the hydra-terra vehicles. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children and includes lunch. On July 23, lunch is provided by the C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station. On Aug. 3, Yono's of Albany is making lunch for those on board. And, on Aug. 17, lunch will be prepared by Franklin's Tower. New Duck and Dine experiences (prices do not include alcoholic beverages) also are scheduled. to begin at 5 p.m. at Jack's Oyster House. Participants will have a three-course meal and a Splashdown cruise along the river on July 19, July 28, Aug. 2, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. Entrée choices include Chicken Breast Rotisserie, Steak Diane and Herb-Encrusted Salmon Filet. The price is $50 per person. On July 21, the Duck meets guests at 5 p.m. at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square for a one-hour tour followed by a three-course dinner at the Albany Pump Station. Entrée selections include a Mixed Summer Grill, Mixed Seafood Salad, Cajun Shrimp and Catfish or a Dry Rub New York Strip Steak. The price for adults is $45. The Duck takes off for Delmar on July 25 to pick up passengers from Mercato's. An Italian buffet that includes ziti and meatballs and salad begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Splashdown tour. Cost is $39.95 per adult, $34.95 per child (ages 4 through 12). It's time for Skip Parsons and friends to hop on board with some great jazz as the Duck and Dine leaves for a Splashdown tour from The Orchard Tavern on July 29, following a dinner of salad pizza and wings. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and the cost is $45 per person. On Aug. 26, Skip Parsons teams up with the Ducks and Mercato's of Delmar for more great jazz, a buffet supper and Splashdown cruise. The evening begins at 5 p.m. and the cost is $46 per person. For additional information about special Duck tours, as well as details on Trolley excursions, visit http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/. Reservations are highly recommended for all special tours, as well as daily historic tours aboard the Aqua Ducks. Reservations may be made online at the website or by calling 518-462 DUCK (3825).
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