Water taxis: A sign of summer

The Annapolis Water Taxi hub at City Dock in Annapolis, Md. Creative Commons photo by m01229.It must be summer: The water taxi service for downtown Annapolis, Md., has resumed its full daily schedule.

The historic city hosts visitors both on land and on moorings in the city’s waterways. Watermark Cruises operates a fleet of four water taxis to serve the needs of locals and tourists who’d rather not hassle with limited parking options.

The service operates from the harbor’s hub at City Dock and takes regular runs to the docks in Eastport, where many of the favorite restaurants and watering holes are located. The operation also can pick up and deliver boaters to and from their vessels in the harbor.

“The taxi service times have changed little over the 30 years of taxi service in Annapolis,” said Debbie Gosselin, president of Watermark. “The busiest times are still Friday and Saturday evenings as people head across the harbor for dinner. After midnight, demand drops precipitously, so taxi service will end at midnight on Friday and Saturdays going forward.”

Since many visitors enjoy hopping on board taxis as a way to see the city from the water, Watermark also offers a narrated, 40-minute tour of the downtown Annapolis aboard the Miss Anne. “People use us just as they would an auto taxi,” said Katie Redmiles, Watermark’s marketing specialist.

A trip costs between $3 and $8, depending on the destination.

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Kathy Bergren Smith

Kathy Bergren Smith has been a correspondent with WorkBoat since 2002. She is also a writer and photographer for the Port of Baltimore Magazine covering shipping and port activities. Smith, also a noted commercial and fine art photographer, resides in Annapolis, Md.

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