Travel to Thompson Island and discover how its education center is impacting the lives of students.
Ferry service is currently running between Boston and Spectacle Island. Click here for schedule and ticketing.
Some park access has changed due to current health regulations around COVID-19:
Georges, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands are accessible by recreational vessel only.
Camping and reservations for the Boston Harbor Islands are suspended for the duration of the 2020 season.
Worlds End is now open by advance reservation only.
Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.
Most DCR park areas and facilities are now open. Click here to learn more about how to safely enjoy time outside.
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.