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Stories from the Park

Ride the Water Taxi


Hop aboard the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi. You’ll ride on the river that witnessed the birth of the nuclear-powered navy, with the launch of the USS Nautilus, now berthed here as part of a museum. You can imagine the river when it was home to one of the nation’s largest 19th century whaling ports. And that is just the beginning. As we say, ONE RIVER. A THOUSAND STORIES.

Our boats have their own history.

Our boats are refurbished surplus U.S. Navy “liberty” utility boats that were used to shuttle sailors to shore from larger ships for liberty or free time. One was assigned to the USS LaSalle which assumed the role of Commander of Middle East Forces in 1988. The other boat was assigned to the USS Hunley, a submarine tender home ported in Charleston, South Carolina servicing the nuclear powered Polaris submarine fleet.

Water Taxi Rates

  • ADULTS $10
  • CHILDREN 4 - 12 $5

    Children 3 and under ride free


    Active Military ID required


2021 Schedule

   Friday – Sunday & holidays. 
   11:40 AM – 6:20 PM
Opening Day:May 28, 2021
Final Day:September 12, 2021

Last Boat

The last taxi on Friday and Saturday:
Thames River Landing: 9 p.m.
City Pier: 9:20 p.m.

The last taxi on Sunday & holidays:
Thames River Landing: 5:40 p.m.
City Pier: 5:20 p.m.


Departure Locations


Fort Trumbull State Park in New London: on the hour
City Pier in New London: 20 minutes after the hour
Thames River Landing in the City of Groton: 40 minutes after the hour

Evening Schedule

Friday and Saturday the last stop at Fort Trumbull is 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. the water taxi runs between City Pier, New London and Thames River Landing, Groton every 20 minutes beginning at 7:20 at City Pier.

Friday and Saturday schedule after 7 pm
City Pier: 7:20 p.m.
Thames River Landing: 7:40 p.m.
City Pier: 8:00 p.m.
Thames River Landing: 8:20 p.m.
City Pier: 8:40 p.m.
Thames River Landing: 9:00 p.m. Last taxi
City Pier: 9:20 p.m. Last taxi
City Pier: 5:20
Thames River Landing: 5:40 p.m.
Fort Trumbull: 6:00 p.m.

Last Boat

The last taxi on Friday and Saturday:
Thames River Landing: 9 p.m.
City Pier: 9:20 p.m.

The last taxi on Sunday & holidays:
Thames River Landing: 5:40 p.m.
City Pier: 5:20 p.m.


Buy Tickets

Tickets and Season Passes may be purchased on the water taxi or below. Both cash and credit cards are accepted on the boat.  Passengers may disembark & re-board at each stop.  The Water Taxi runs rain or shine. Bicycles accommodated, space permitting and well-behaved dogs are welcome!

Weather Delays


There are conditions throughout the summer months when the weather will impact the taxi service. Thunderstorms may affect the times of departure and arrival. If there are no weather conditions the taxi should be Green. Yellow is running but may be delayed. Red is not running.
Weather delays will be displayed on the home page above the main navigation throughout the site. If you have purchased a ticket, you will be notified via text message and email. Water Taxi tickets are non-refundable but may used for any 2020 regularly scheduled ride.
Green dot – Taxi is running.
Yellow dot – Taxi is delayed.
Red dot – Taxi is not running.


The Water Taxis are refurbished Navy boats that are used for shuttling crews to and from large ships. They are not ADA compliant and do not have a restroom.

TRHP Accessibility Policy

The water taxis are not ADA compliant, but we try to accommodate all passengers as best we can.

For your safety, passengers must be able to walk up and down 4 stairs and board the water taxi independently with minimal, courtesy-only assistance from the crew. Should there be a need to disembark quickly or unexpectedly, passengers must be able to do so unaided.​

The water taxis are not equipped to accommodate wheelchair passengers unless they are able to move in and out of their wheelchair on the landing and fold and lift their wheelchair onto and off the boat unassisted or with the assistance of a travel companion.

Passengers requiring assistance are encouraged to board with a companion to avoid any difficulty.

Admittance onto the water taxi is at the discretion of our captains who are authorized to determine a guest’s ability to meet these requirements.

Season Passes

All days, unlimited rides. 

Season Passes may be purchased online or with cash or credit card on the Water Taxi.  They are non-transferable.  Children’s passes are for those 12-years old or younger.  They must be accompanied by an adult.