Visit Thompson Island

Private Event Access to the Island

Private ferry access to Thompson Island for Group Programs, Site Visits or Tours, Weddings, Events, and Conferences is available throughout the week and year-round by appointment.  If you have booked an event or group program with Thompson Island, a private ferry will be scheduled for you and your group – please contact your Thompson Island liaison for times and dock location.

Public Access to the Island

Public Access

Individuals may visit Thompson Island via public access on Saturdays and Sundays, from May 28, 2018 through September 3, 2018. Hike our many trails, explore the salt marshes, or relax along our beautiful beaches. There are no concession facilities on the island, so please remember to pack water and snacks before you board the ferry. Directions below.
Download Trail Map

Public Access Schedule:

Departs EDIC, South Boston: 8:00am, 12:00pm (noon), 2:30pm
Departs Thompson Island: 11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm

Departs EDIC, South Boston: 8:00am, 12:00pm (noon)
Departs Thompson Island: 11:30am, 4:30pm
(Ferry trip takes approximately 25 minutes.)


Public Access Ferry Fee:

Adult: $17.00 per person, round trip
Children 3-12: $10 per child, round trip / under 3 years ride free
* Cash only. Collected when boarding the ferry at Drydock.

* Should you need to reach the Captain, he can be contacted at

What can I do on the island with my children?

Click the links below to download fun activity guides for your island adventure:
Take a walking tour of the island.
Get to know the island with a Topographic Map.
Identify different types of clouds.
Get to Know a Tree.
Go on a Leaf Shape Adventure.
Create your own story.
Go on a Texture Adventure.
Lie down and explore the sky.
Talk about what is beautiful to you.
Visit as many sites as you can find on the island.
Explore colors in nature.

Parking for the Thompson Island Ferry and Mainland Office

Thompson Island Dock: Marked as 1 on the map below

Our dock is located on a small side road off Drydock Avenue in the Marine Industrial Park, South Boston near the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. We use a public dock that is not well-marked, so please allow 15 minutes to park and find us.

Recommended Parking: Marked as 2 on the map below, please park in the public garage at 12 Drydock Avenue, South Boston. You should allow 15 minutes to park and walk to the dock.  Directions below.


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Walking from the garage to the dock: Exit the garage on Drydock Avenue (if you’re facing Harpoon Brewery, you’re on the wrong side of the garage). Turn right on Drydock Avenue and walk one block, passing Dunkin Donuts on your right. Turn left into Terminal Street. The ferry dock is 100 yards ahead just beyond the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Station. When you see a small sign for “Thompson Island Ferry” on the chain link fence, you have arrived! (For reference, the Summer Street Bridge is immediately to the right of our dock.)

Walking from the garage to the mainland office: Exit the garage on Drydock Avenue, cross the street and turn right. The Thompson Island mainland offices are located at 5-11 Drydock Avenue in the Northcoast Seafoods building. Enter through the center door, our offices are located on the second floor in Suite 2030.

Please do not park at the dock or the office, you will be towed.

Driving Directions

From the West on I-90 (Mass Pike)

  1. Follow I-90 East towards Logan/South Boston.
  2. Take EXIT 25 to South Boston.
  3. Keep LEFT on ramp toward Seaport Blvd.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto Congress St.
  5. At second light turn RIGHT onto D St.
  6. Take first LEFT onto Summer St.
  7. At second light turn LEFT onto Drydock Ave. (Marine Industrial Park).
  8. Park at 12 Drydock Ave. on the LEFT.

From the North on I-93

  1. Take exit 20-A, stay to your RIGHT towards South Station.
  2. Stay in LEFT lane in ramp for South Station.
  3. Turn LEFT onto Summer St. and proceed 1 mile.
  4. Turn LEFT onto Drydock Ave. (Marine Industrial Park).
  5. Park at 12 Drydock Ave. on the LEFT.

From the South on I-93

  1. Take exit 20 towards (I-90/Logan Airport) and then keep LEFT onto I-90 East (Logan/South Boston).
  2. On I-90 East keep in RIGHT lane and take exit to South Boston.
  3. Bear RIGHT towards D St./Convention Center and turn RIGHT onto Congress St.
  4. At second light on Congress Street turn RIGHT onto D Street
  5. Take first LEFT onto Summer St.
  6. At second light turn LEFT onto Drydock Ave. (Marine Industrial Park).
  7. Park at 12 Drydock Ave. on the LEFT.

From your location:

Click on the map below for driving directions to parking at 12 Drydock Ave., Boston, MA 02210.



Public Transportation to the Ferry

Silver Line Service from South Station

The Silver Line bus starts from South Station, underground near the Red Line. Take the SL2 bus (Marine Industrial Park/CityPoint) and get off on the corner of Harbor Street and Drydock Avenue. Walk directly up a side road towards the water. The ferry dock is about 100 yards straight ahead, just past the red fencing that defines our ferry waiting area. You will see a small wooden sign for “Thompson Island Outward Bound.”

#7 Bus from Summer Street

Board the #7 bus (Outbound, heading towards South Boston) on Summer Street outside of South Station. Get off at the Pappas Way/Drydock Ave./Marine Industrial Park stop. Once off the bus, take a left and follow Drydock Avenue. The dock is located at the first right on Drydock Avenue.