If your wobbling tot loves to waddle, then a trip to the pond is in order! They’ll get a kick out of watching ducks swimming around and poking their heads underwater with their tails up in the air. Here are six waterfowl-filled spots that don’t just have ducks, but also beautiful spots for family pictures and picnics. Read on to discover local ponds worth quacking about.

Laurelhurst Park

The classic Portland park in the middle of the city has been a favorite family stop for many years (since 1909)! Firwood Lake sits in the the hilly and wood-shaded park, with plenty of mallards quacking their way peacefully around. The park is in the middle of town, so you'll see hipsters, families and everyone in between lounging in the grass or spreading out at picnic tables. Bring the family dog to enjoy the off-leash area. Just make sure Fido doesn’t harass the wildlife.

SE Caesar Chavez at Stark St.
Online: portlandoregon.gov

photo: Laurelhurst Park by Anrey W. via Yelp

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Know before you go: Yes, it’s a lot of fun to feed ducks, we know! But the Audubon Society asks you not to, please. Pass along the lesson to your kids, and pass on the loaf of bread.

What’s your favorite place to watch ducks? Let us know in the comments!

—Kelley Gardiner