Baltimore Inner Harbor Cruises and Boat Tours

One of the best ways to explore Baltimore's Inner Harbor and other waterfront tourist attractions is by boat, and there is no shortage of vessels traversing the water. From dinner cruises to a pirate ship excursion, below is a breakdown of the many ships and experiences that can be had onboard ships in the harbor.

Please be sure to check with individual companies on dates and prices, as these things change frequently.

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    Fells Point Harbor & Tour Boat
    Larry Lamsa/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    April through October
    Departs From: 
    Inner Harbor in front of The Baltimore Visitor Center
    Duration: 45-90 minutes
    Look For: Red- and purple-bottomed yachts
    Price: Adults $17; Children ages 3-11 $6; Children under age 2 are free

    This cruise company offers narrated tours of the Inner Harbor where you'll learn about the city's maritime and industrial history as well as the resurgence of the waterfront, Federal Hill, and Fells Point. Besides daily 45-minute tours, the company also offers a daily 60-minute tour focusing on Fort McHenry, a 90-minute cocktail cruise on Friday afternoons, and a spectacular 60-minute "city lights" tour on Saturday evenings. Boats have full cash bar service and light snacks, and guests are welcome to bring food on board (but no drinks).Tickets can be purchased online, at ticket kiosks at the dock, or at The Baltimore Visitor Center. To find the boats, look for the red- and purple-bottomed boats. The company also offers cruises in Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For more information, call 800-568-9622.

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    Baltimore's pirate ship
    John Fitzpatrick/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    May through October
    Departs From: Ann Street Pier in Fells Point
    Duration: 60 minutes on the water
    Look For: A wood-paneled pirate ship with flags and cannons
    Price: $20 for riders 3 and over and $10 children 2 and under for family cruises; $25 for all riders on adult cruises

    Climb aboard The Fearless, a custom-designed pirate ship that sails through the Inner Harbor. Before you set sail, temporary tattoos, vests, and sashes will be provided, but cruisers are encouraged to come wearing their own pirate garb. The crew will teach you how to talk, sing, dance, and play games like a pirate. Up to six daytime "Family Adventure" cruises are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while the adults-only "Bring Your Own Grog" cruises are offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Food and drink ​are not available for purchase onboard the ship, but passengers may bring their own aboard. For the adults-only cruises, coolers full of adult beverages are welcome.

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    'Seadog' and the Royal Sonesta Hotel -- Inner Harbor Baltimore (MD) July 2013
    Ron Cogswell/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    April through October
    Departs From: Inner Harbor in front of The Baltimore Visitor Center
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Look For: Bright yellow speedboats
    Price: $20 range

    Adrenaline junkies of all ages will enjoy a 50-minute sightseeing tour of Baltimore aboard the Seadog, a bright yellow speedboat. Hold on tight as tour guides provide informative and amusing descriptions of Baltimore's most notable landmarks. Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.

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    Inner Harbor Spirit
    Entertainment Cruises

    Departs From: 
    561 Light St. (near the Maryland Science Center)
    Duration: Various
    Look For: Yachts with panoramic views
    Price: $42 and up

    Experience the waterfront while enjoying lunch, brunch, dinner, or cocktails aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. In addition to great views of the city, most cruises include a meal and some form of entertainment, whether it be dancing or live performances. There are lots of themed and holiday cruises throughout the year, including moonlit jazz cruises and Independence Day excursions. With a capacity for more than 400 people, this ship is best for large parties.

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    A water taxi arrives at Harborplace, a shopping and entertainment complex, located at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.
    NCinDC/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    Year Round
    Departs From:
    17 locations throughout Baltimore
    Duration: Time varies depending on location
    Look For: Blue and white boats
    Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children (tickets are good for unlimited rides for one day)

    Another great—and inexpensive—way to experience Baltimore's waterfront is on a water taxi. These boats travel to and from various locations, including the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, Fells Point, and Canton. Stops are clearly marked on land, just find one and wait for the next boat.​