The 35-minute chug up the Potomac and Anacostia rivers takes longer than the Metro trip from King Street to Navy Yard, and — at $25 per person round-trip — it costs considerably more than rail transit or stadium parking, especially for fans traveling in groups (the ticket includes parking by the Alexandria dock but not admission to the ballpark).
But devotees of the service say they like the atmosphere on the boat — more relaxed and festive than a Metro ride but not as alcohol-drenched as a stadium tailgate — the galley, which sells cold brews for $5, popcorn and soda, and the passing scenery (occasional odors from the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant notwithstanding).
“You can’t drink beer on the subway,” Alexandria resident Eric Olson said.
About 30 people took the ferry to the afternoon game last Friday — at least one of whom admitted playing hooky from work. For the trip back to the park for a second game that night, the 125-seat boat sold out, which officials said was typical for weeknight and weekend games throughout the team’s winning season.
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