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Water taxi season starts Saturday in New London and Groton

The Thames River Heritage Park's water taxi will open for the season on Saturday and is scheduled to operate until Sept. 12.

"It's fitting that we'll be launching our harbor cruises and boat tours on CT Open House Day which was created to enhance awareness and interest in the state's tourism assets," Thames River Heritage Park Executive Director Amy Perry said in a news release last week.

The water taxi will offer $5 rides Saturday, and free rides for those who show proof of being fully vaccinated.

The water taxi runs 11:40 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Passengers can board at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London on the hour, City Pier in New London 20 minutes after the hour, and Thames River Landing in the City of Groton 40 minutes after the hour.

Rates for the hop-on, hop-off harbor cruise are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under, and $5 for active military. A season pass is $50 for adults and $30 for children.

The park also has added two new historic narrated tours, which are $25 for adults: "Blowholes, Blubber, and Breaches: Whaling Tales on the Thames" and "Water, Wampum, and Medicine Wheels: Mohegan Life on the Thames." Mohegan Tribe members will lead the latter.

More information is available at thamesriverheritagepark.org.

e.moser@theday.com

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