Visit Thompson Island

Directions to the Ferry Dock

Our dock is located off Drydock Avenue in the Marine Industrial Park.

Directions to the Mainland Office

Our mainland office is located in The Design and Innovation Building at 21 Drydock Avenue.

Parking for the Ferry

Public (paid) parking is available in the garage at 12 Drydock Avenue. Please allow 15 minutes to park and walk to the dock.

Directions from the garage to the dock:

Exit the garage at Drydock Avenue (if you’re facing the Harpoon Brewery, you exited on the wrong side of the garage). Turn right on Drydock Avenue and walk one block, passing Dunkin' Donuts on your right. The ferry dock is 100 yards ahead, just beyond the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Station. 

Parking for the Mainland Office

The Innovation and Design Building maintains an automated visitor parking lot at 1 Design Center Place. Payment for parking is by credit only and is collected at the lot exit gate. Hourly rates apply from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Short term 90-minute visitor parking is available in designated spaces on the north (Drydock Ave) side of the building.

Directions from the parking lot to the mainland office:

Enter at 21 Drydock (adjacent to Chickadee Restaurant). Take the elevators immediately to you left to the third floor. Once off the elevator, take a left through the double glass doors (you will see the TRIA architectural firm directly in front of you). Our office is on the left.

Public Transportation to the Ferry Dock

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 towards the water. The ferry dock will be about 100 yards straight ahead.

#7 Bus from Summer Street:

Board the #7 bus outbound, towards South Boston on Summer Street. Get off at the Pappas Way/Drydock Avenue/Marine Industrial Park stop. Once off the bus, turn left on Drydock Avenue The ferry dock will be to your right.

Private Access to the Island

Private ferry access is available throughout the week and year-round by appointment for educational programs, site visits, weddings, corporate and special events, and conferences. If you have booked an education program or event on Thompson Island, a private ferry will be arranged for your group. Contact your Thompson Island liaison for dock location and departure time.

Public Access to the Island

Individuals may visit Thompson Island on Saturdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please note there are no concession facilities on the ferry or the Island, so plan to bring your own drinks and snacks.

Trail Map

Public Ferry Schedule

(Ferry trip takes approximately 25 minutes.)


Departs EDIC, South Boston: 8:00AM Noon 2:30PM
Departs Thompson Island: 11:30AM 2:00PM 4:30PM


Departs EDIC, South Boston: 8:00AM Noon
Departs Thompson Island: 11:30AM 4:30PM

Public Ferry Fee

(Cash only)

Adult: $17 per person, round trip
Children 3-12: $10 per child, round trip
Children Under 3: Free

Should you have any questions prior to boarding the ferry, please contact our boat captain, Ethan Marino.

Rules and Regulations

There are limited trash cans on the Island; please take your trash with you.

The following items and activities are strictly prohibited:

—Alcohol (unless part of an Island event that holds a liquor permit)
—Disturbing wildlife
—Dogs/Animals (except service dogs)
—Firearms and all other weapons

Boat captains may deny passage to any individual in violation of Island rules and regulations.

General Safety

—In the unlikely case of an emergency, find a Thompson Island employee; if it is a life-threatening emergency, please contact the police: 617.343.4911.
—Weather conditions change rapidly; dress in layers.
—Bring sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun.
—Avoid cliffs and bluffs; they may be crumbly or undercut.
—Respect Wildlife; watch animals from a distance and never feed or follow them.
—Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can be present on the Island; consider wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and using insect repellents containing 20-30% DEET. If you experience signs and symptoms of an insect-borne disease, contact your physician immediately.