Over the years the duck was moved several times.
Here is a short timeline:
Now, 80 years later, you can find a gift shop and duck memorabilia inside it's belly. The hours of the gift shop is 10am to 5pm daily. It's a great opportunity for those visiting the east end of Long Island to stop at the Duck and take pictures.
The Big Duck Ranch is lit up during the holidays during the "The Annual Big Duck Lighting Ceremony", which includes a children's choir and free handouts like candy canes and hot chocolate. During Christmas the duck wears a necklace of bulbs and during Easter, it is surrounded by baby eggs.
This unique landmark is considered an example of literalism in advertising. It was originally built to look like the exact thing for sale - ducks. It became one of many architectural landscapes that got the attention of passing motorists.
What is it made of?
It is made of a wood frame, wire mesh, and concrete.
It is about 15 feet wide in the front, 20 feet tall to the top of the head, and 30' long from breast to tail. The eyes are made from Ford Model "T" tail lights.
The unusual architecture of the Big Duck led to criticism, however an architect named Robert Venturi stated that it was noteworthy and described the building in which "the architecture is subordinate to the overall symbolic form".
The landmark was added to the "National Register of Historic Places" on 4/28/1997. The National Register is part of a national program to support and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
Friends Of The Big Duck is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Long Island's historical landmark.
The duck is sometimes used by teachers when giving lessons on historical landmarks in advertising. Some other landmarks the duck is compared to are the the Shell Service Station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Benewah Milk Bottle in Spokane, Washington.
From the LIE:
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The Duck is a perfect stop if you are taking a trip out to eastern Long Island to see the wineries.
You can read about the Long Island Ducks, our own minor league baseball team.