Thompson Island

Travel to Thompson Island and discover how its education center is impacting the lives of students.

A beautiful destination to visit, Thompson Island is perfect for exploring nature thanks to its salt marshes, herons, egrets, flowering meadows, and fruit trees. Prior to the development of Boston, the island functioned as a trading post between Native Americans and David Thompson. The island later became a farm and trade school for orphans from 1833 to 1975. Today, the island is home to Thompson Island Outward Bound, a non-profit education organization offering programs in leadership, environmental education, and youth empowerment.

Perfect for any outdoor event, including weddings and company outings, Thompson Island returns proceeds from private events to its education center. Plan a company outing, or enjoy a relaxing nature walk, during your next visit! Please note that public ferry service to the island is available only on weekends during the spring and summer months.

Thompson Marsh Dan Squire Amenities


  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Areas
  • Event Tent
Thompson Marsh Exploration Dan Squire Activities

Recreation & Activities

  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Tidepooling
  • Bird watching
Park Rangers

Know Before You Go

Ferries to Thompson Island are on Saturdays and Sundays only. Ferries leave from the EDIC pier in South Boston and accept cash payments only. Click here for the full ferry schedule.

Mosquitos are common. Bring bug spray and check for ticks, which are commonly found in wooded areas and tall grass.

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