What are your hours of operation?
Pirate Water Taxi is open from 11:30AM to 10:00PM Sunday through Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 11:30PM/12:00AM Friday and Saturday.
Hours are subject to change without notice and for inclement weather/lightning.
Where do the water taxis go?
There are numerous Pirate Water Taxi stops throughout Downtown Tampa including the Channel District, Tampa Riverwalk and Davis and Harbour Islands.
Do I need a reservation?
Reservations are not required. You may purchase tickets ahead of time online, but the water taxis board on a first come first served basis.
Where can I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets on-board one of the water taxis, online or at our ticket booth.
How much is children admission?
Children 4 and older must purchase a ticket to ride on the Pirate Water Taxi. All day child admission is $10 and $5 after 6 PM. Infants 3 and under are free.
Where is your ticket booth located?
At our Convention Center dock on the Tampa RiverWalk, in front of the Sail Pavilion between the Tampa Convention Center and the Marriott Waterside
Where do we board the boat?
You can board the boat at any Pirate Water Taxi stop locations (view map here). Please note that Stop #8B Davis Island (Channel drive) and Stop #9B Bayshore Blvd (in front of the pirate Ship) are on-call stops. You must call (813) 390-3711 for pick-up. Please note that Stop #2 Yacht StarShip/Sparkman Wharf is a tide dependent stop (if tide is too high we cannot access that stop because of the low bridges). Please call for availability.
Where is the best place to park?
The Tampa Convention Center Parking Garage ($10/day) is the closest parking option to our Home Dock (Stop #7) however there are many parking options available all throughout our route locations (street, metered and lot). Street parking North of Kennedy Blvd. is free on weekends and weeknights after 6pm. Armature Works (Stop #16) offers free parking Monday-Thursday and $5 on Friday after 4pm and $5 on Sat & Sun after 11am. Other affordable parking options include the Poe Garage, ($7) adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park, Glazer Children’s Museum & Tampa Museum of Art (Stop #12) and The Florida Aquarium’s (Stop #2) Parking Lot ($6/day). For the most current parking options and prices click HERE.
Where do we pick up the tickets?
Tickets can be picked up at our Convention Center dock on the RiverWalk, or on-board any of our water taxis. Please have an email confirmation ready.
Does Pirate Water Taxi offer Military and Senior discounts?
Yes. Military (must have ID) and Seniors (ages 65+) are eligible for $2 off daily rates. Must show poof of ID and purchase aboard the vessel. No advanced purchase allowed and no additional discounts offered on two-day or annual passes.
Are there age limitations for unaccompanied children?
Children age 13 or under must be accompanied by someone 14 years of age or older when riding the Pirate Water Taxi. Children 14 and up can ride unaccompanied.
Am I guaranteed a seat on the taxi if I pre-purchase?
We are unable to guarantee spots in the event that the boat is at capacity. In the event the boat is at capacity, you may transfer your ticket to a different day.
Do the taxis run if it rains?
Pirate Water Taxi service is weather dependent and will be suspended for lightning, heavy rain and high winds. It is up to the Captain to decide whether conditions are unsafe and to delay or cancel the cruise accordingly. If cruises are canceled due to stormy weather, or any other reason, rain checks will be issued to allow you to return on another day. Please check the homepage of our website for up to date weather advisory information.
Are there life jackets on board?
We are U.S. Coast Guard certified and have adult and child lifejackets onboard every water taxi.
How many people fit on the taxi?
Our two larger water taxis, Pirate Pat and Captain Jack, hold 46 total passengers. L’atitude Lindsey holds 34 passengers, and Matey Mason holds a maximum of 29 passengers.
Can you pick up large groups?
Yes, but the capacity of our boats is limited by the Coast Guard. Once the boats have filled, that is it. We cannot guarantee your entire group will get on at one time. We recommend that you contact our sales department to find out about Group charter rates and availability.
Are your boats covered?
Yes, our water taxis are covered, however, they are open air on the sides. Please dress accordingly.
Do your boats go to St. Pete?
Do you boats go to the zoo?
Our zoo route was discontinued in 2017, however we still can run trips to the zoo for private charters if a group is interested.
Is there anything to eat or drink on the boats?
Bottled water, beer, and wine are available for purchase.
Can you bring outside food or alcohol?
Single snacks and bottled water are allowed.
Are there restrooms on the boat?
Are your boats wheelchair accessible?
All of our water taxis are wheelchair accessible, however not all dock locations are accessible. We recommend calling in advance so we can help to accommodate you: (813) 390-3711.
Do you allow dogs on board?
While Pirate Water Taxi loves dogs, we carry too many people to be able to oversee animals as well. Only registered service animals are permitted.
Are strollers allowed on the boat?
They are permitted but must be folded up and stored during the ride.
Do you allow bikes on board?
Bikes are not allowed on-board. However, bikes can be stored (at your own risk) at our Convention Center dock while on a cruise.
Can we bring a cooler?
Small coolers (lunch box sized) are allowed to store milk, water and juice boxes. Soda and alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be brought on the water taxi in a personal cooler.
Can we bring luggage aboard the taxi?
No. Due to limited space and the enjoyment of all passengers luggage is not permitted on the water taxi.