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.

Tanner Springs

This pond is not tucked away from the bustle of the city, but plunked down in the center of it. Instead of gently sloping banks, you’ll see a wall made of train tracks and fused glass. The Fremont Bridge soars in the background. Yet here, you can usually find a few ducks, or other wildlife. Get your quiet time in here, then take the kids to Jamison Square, just two blocks away.

NW 10th Ave. and Marshall St.
Online: portlandoregon.gov

photo: Tanner Springs Park by John D via flickr creative commons

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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