Thames River Heritage Park Requesting Proposals from Commercial Tour Boat Operators for 2019-2021

New London, CT – The Thames River Heritage Park (TRHP) is requesting proposals from licensed commercial tour boat operators to provide water taxi shuttle service and boat tours linking historic sites in the Thames River estuary Memorial Day weekend through mid-September 2019 - 2021. The operator would utilize the two US Navy Willard utility boats owned by the TRHP.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along both shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. 

Entering its fourth season, the TRHP in 2018, had more than 6,500 passengers ride the three-stop hop-on hop-off water taxi in New London and Groton.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Shaw Mansion, the Garde Arts Center, and the Hempsted Houses.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found at

Deadline for submission is Monday, January 28th. Those interested must attend a pre-submittal meeting at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Fort Trumbull State Park Conference Center, 90 Walbach Street, New London, CT 06320, at which time proposers will have an opportunity to ask questions.

For more information on the park, visit