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Private Events

Plan a Unique, Fun Event

The Harbor Islands can serve as a great setting and beautiful backdrop for many special occasions—from corporate events to birthdays, wedding receptions to retreats. Having your event on the islands combines unique natural beauty with the opportunity to support Boston Harbor Islands national park area.

Rita's Catering provides professional catering service on both Georges and Spectacle Islands, with evening clambakes on Spectacle.

Thompson Island Conference Center offers outdoor venues, and quiet meeting and conference spaces. Plus, there's professional catering and overnight accommodations.

No matter where you choose to hold your event, we’ll help you arrange everything to ensure that your event is fun and successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hold a group outing on the islands?

Yes, groups are welcomed in the Harbor Islands.  Georges and Spectacle Islands are the most common for group outings.  If you will be bringing more than 25 people to the islands, you may be eligible for group ferry rates if you reserve ticket in advance.  You must then fill out the DCR’s Recreational Use Permit

Can I hold a catered event on the islands for my group?

Vendors currently offer full-service catered events on three islands, including clambakes and picnics.  For events on Spectacle or Georges Islands contact Rita's Catering at 617-389-1601. For events on Thompson Island contact the Thompson Island Conference Center at 617-328-3900, ext. 107 or 110.

Are there any snack bars?

Georges and Spectacle Island have snack bars with excellent food. Both are open seven days a week during the summer season - typically from the third Saturday in June to Labor Day. Before and after these dates (fall and spring "shoulder" seasons), the snack bars are open Saturdays, and Sundays.  Ferries from Boston and Hingham are stocked with snack items and refreshments.  

Is alcohol allowed?

Use of alcohol by individuals and groups is prohibited at the Boston Harbor Islands, unless part of a park event that holds a liquor permit.  In general, visitors may not bring alcohol to the islands.