Several Boston-based ferry companies provide charter service to Boston Harbor Islands. During the late-spring and early-fall many companies offer regularly scheduled departures to the islands from several Boston area locations.
Boat transportation is available from the following locations.
- Long Wharf (State Street)
- Rowes Wharf (Atlantic Avenue)
- Fan Pier (Northern Avenue)
- South Boston (Columbia Point/University of Massachusetts - Boston Campus)
- Quincy (Quincy Shipyard, 703 Washington Street)
- EDIC Pier-South Boston (Dock #10, Summer Street)
- Hull (Pemberton Point, Main Street)
With the exception of Pemberton Point, all vessel departure locations range from a few feet to a quarter-mile from the closest public transportation. If needed, each departure location offers nearby parking for a fee with the exception of Columbia Point, located on the University of Massachusetts - Boston campus. Parking at Columbia Point may be arranged by contacting the campus police.
Should none of these departure locations prove suitable, a more convenient departure location might be arranged with the ferry company for an additional fee.
Trip Tip!: When planning your expedition don’t forget to factor in travel time to and from the mainland departure location! In general, factor four hours for a roundtrip expedition to your island destination.
Trip Tip!: It’s a good idea to begin your expedition planning by working backwards. Things to consider include: what time you want to be back at school; what time the students need to be picked up for transport home; or what time your school bus needs to be available to transport students from school to home at end of day.