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Fall Public Access

We are pleased to offer unescorted public access this fall!


Thompson Island will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday in October 2021. On Saturdays, the National Park Service will offer a guided walk of the Island’s many habitats and ecosystems including beaches, salt marsh, shrub scrub, meadows, and forest.

Guest access is available via our public ferry. The ferry will depart from our dock in South Boston at 10 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by a Thompson Island staff member, who will provide a brief orientation.

Tickets are free and must be reserved 48 hours in advance through EventBrite. No unreserved walk-ons please.

A Covid-19 screening will be required before departure. Proof of Vaccination is required for all people over age 12. An ID is required for all people over age 18.

Masks are required at all times on the ferry, on the Thompson Island pier, during orientation, and in the restrooms.

Please note there is no food or beverage for sale on Thompson Island. While Thompson Island is located less than one mile from Boston, weather conditions in the Boston Harbor often differ from the mainland. Bringing a sweater or coat is recommended.

Detailed information about visiting the Thompson Island, including directions to our ferry dock, can be found on our Visit page.

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