Park Alert

Fall Ferry Schedule: Beginning September 7, 2023, the public ferry will begin service to Georges Island from Long Wharf. The fall schedule will run through October 9th.

Spectacle Marina:  As a result of storm damage, the public marina on Spectacle Island will be closed for the remainder of the season


Activities, ranger tours, and most programs are included with your ferry ticket.

Reel Fun Fishing Day at Nut Island

Join us for a day of fishing and fun at Nut Island!

Come to Nut Island for a day of fishing and fun!

  • Learn how to fish for and identify striped bass and winter flounder with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program (rods, bait, and tackle provided)
  • Meet National Park Service Rangers and be sworn in as an *official* Boston Harbor Islands Junior Ranger
  • Play games, color, and learn “what not to flush” with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
  • Learn about Boston Harbor’s biodiversity and meet *real crabs* with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
  • Enjoy a picnic with a view: bring your own lunch
  • Explore the trails of Nut Island on your own

DIRECTIONS: It is highly recommended to carpool or take public transportation, as parking for the event is limited.

Parking: Navigate to Atherton Hough Elementary School (1084 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169) and follow signs to the parking lot to catch the shuttle to Nut Island (see details below).

MBTA: Take or transfer to the Red Line T toward Braintree

  • Exit at Quincy Center Station
  • Walk 2 minutes to transfer to the 216 bus (Houghs Neck via Germantown)
  • Exit the 216 at Sea St @ Manet Ave and walk to the Atherton Hough School parking lot for shuttle service

SHUTTLE SERVICE: A shuttle will be running from Atherton Hough School to Nut Island every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:00am and ending at 1:00pm. Shuttle service from Nut Island back to the Atherton Hough School lot will also run approximately every 30 minutes beginning at 11:15am, with the last trip departing at 2:00pm.

This service is *free* for all youth ages 16 and under, and $2 for all other guests ages 17 and older.

  • Atherton Hough –> Nut Island: 10:00am – 10:30am – 11:00am – 11:30am – 12:00pm – 12:30pm – 1:00pm
  • Nut Island –> Atherton Hough: 11:15am – 11:45am – 12:15pm – 12:45pm – 1:15pm – 2:00pm

This program is presented by the National Park Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), Boston Harbor Now, with generous support from the National Park Foundation and L.L. Bean.

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