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Pirate Water Taxi
Pirate Water Taxi is a fleet of six pirate-themed Water Taxi vessels in Downtown Tampa that is owned and operated by Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events. The Water Taxis operate 7-days a week, with longer hours on the weekends and during special events. Daily admission allows for unlimited “Hop On, Hop Off” boarding all day from any of the stops which are conveniently located along the Hillsborough River and Tampa’s waterways. Visit “must-see” dining, drinking and entertainment establishments along each stop including Tampa’s Riverwalk, Sparkman Wharf/ Channel District, Harbour Island, Davis Island and more. The Taxis are also available for private charter opportunities for groups, festivals, weddings, celebrations and birthday parties. If you are looking to explore Tampa Bay in a day, this is your opportunity. Listen to the Captain tell tales of Tampa history while you indulge in happy hour specials and a leisurely cruise on the hour-long river route. Whether you decide to tour the entire route or use Pirate Water Taxi as transportation to your final destination, our crew will take care of you.

Pirate water taxi is proud to sponsor the duck deployment of the Incredible Duck Race!

~~~ About the Incredible Duck Race ~~~
Get your Ducks in advance, you don’t have to be present to win!

The Kiwanis Club of Tampa will race 10,000 Rubber Ducks down the Hillsborough River on April 6, 2024. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will win amazing cash prizes! You don't have to be present to win.

  • First Place Prize - $5,000
  • Second Place Prize - $1,000
  • Third Place Prize - $500
  • Additional prizes for 4th-10th Place
All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tampa charitable foundation, which sponsors many local projects and programs for children. Although we would love to have you attend, you don't need to be present to win - so take a chance and adopt a duck!

The Incredible Duck Race is a FREE event in Curtis Hixon Park with family friendly music, food, and activities all leading up to the big race. Tickets are not necessary to attend, but you must adopt a duck to participate in the race. Ducks can be adopted at for $5 per duck.
About The Kiwanis Club of Tampa
The Tampa Kiwanis Club has been helping children in the local community since 1919. Our enthusiastic members pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children in our community. Locally we build ramps for the disabled, hold immunization events, provide a StoryWalk at Al Lopez Park, purchase holiday gifts for kids in need, provide scholarships, work with leadership clubs in schools at the middle school, high school and college level, and build reading rooms in Boys and Girls Clubs around Tampa. Additionally, our foundation provides grants to local non-profit organizations. Learn more at

PLEASE NOTE: We are partnering with a company that runs these races all over the world and have taken many measures to be sure that these ducks are not a threat to our beautiful waterway. The ducks will be contained in a lane and funneled to the finish line. We will have several boats and volunteers on hand to help make sure all of the ducks are collected and accounted for. Our goal is to leave the river cleaner than we found it.

Want to get involved, volunteer, or sponsor the event? Email us at for more information.