Important Updates

Spectacle Island Ferry Service 6/21:
On Friday, June 21, the last ferry off Spectacle Island will be 3:30pm. Please plan accordingly.

Private Boater Information:
Park moorings are temporarily closed for maintenance and are not accepting reservations at this time. Public ferry service remains unaffected. See details.

FAQs

Below you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Still have a question? Ask a Ranger!

Ferry and Ticket Information

  • One ticket can be used to visit as many islands as you like in a single day. You do not need to purchase another ticket to visit another island or to return to the mainland.

  • The ferries run rain or shine. On rare occasion, ferries may be cancelled due to unsafe sea conditions.

  • While the park does not charge an entrance fee, the National Park Pass and the DCR MassParks Pass does not cover transportation (ferry tickets).

  • Boats depart from Long Wharf North in downtown Boston (next to Christopher Columbus Park) as well as from Hingham Shipyard (for MBTA service to Georges Island and interisland service to camping islands). Free parking is available in Hingham Shipyard to park visitors at the ticket office upon purchase of an island ferry ticket. Boats only carry passengers and are not able to accommodate vehicles.

Visiting the Islands

  • Nearly all of the islands in the park are open to the public.
    Seven islands (Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, Bumpkin, and Thompson) are accessible by ferry and four mainland parks (Worlds End, Webb Memorial, Nut, and Deer) they are easily accessible to reach by car, bike, or foot. Please visit the About the Park page for more information.

  • Each island has a unique history and offers a different experience. Go to the About the Park page and check out the Events Calendar to help you decide.

    If you want to see more than one island, we recommend you start your day early.

  • Weather on the islands can be unpredictable and cooler than the mainland. We recommend that you wear layers, bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.

    Keep in mind that you will be spending several hours outdoors away from the mainland, so be sure to pack accordingly.

  • Pets are not allowed on any of the islands that are accessed by ferry. Leashed pets are allowed on any of the four mainland sites.

    Service dogs are permitted on all islands.

    Visit Tips and Safety for information on what not to bring to the park.

Camping

  • Camping season typically begins in late June and runs through Labor Day for campgrounds on Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells and Peddocks.

    Camping is allowed out of season with an off-season Camping Permit and your own mode of transportation to the islands.

    Visit the camping page for more information.

  • You will need to provide all items necessary for your stay.

    This might include:
    Water
    Tent
    Food and cooking supplies (including charcoal)
    Bug Spray/Insect net
    Sunscreen
    Trash bags
    And any personal items.

    Outside firewood is prohibited. Wood can be gathered on the island – ask staff for suggested locations. For more information, check out Tips and Safety.

  • Reservations can be made 6 months and up to one day in advance by visiting https://www.reserveamerica.com/

  • You can cancel your reservation 24 hours in advance by visiting
    activesupport.force.com/reserveamerica/RAWeb2Case

    Cancelling your reservation allows other visitors the ability to access these extremely popular sites.

  • Reservations are required to camp on the islands. However, walk-in campers are welcome if sites are available. Call 617-223-8666 for available sites.

Permits and Groups

  • Groups with 25 people or more are required to fill out a free Group Authorization Form.

    A Special Use Permit is necessary for private events, after- hours use of the park, or any activity requiring park staff support.

    A photography or film/video production permit is required for commercial use on the islands. For more information visit https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-state-parks-photography-or-a-filmvideo-production-permit

  • Groups are encouraged to join public tours which are available daily.  Check the park calendar to find upcoming tours. Private tours may be arranged based on staff availability. A Special Use Permit is required for private tours, and fees apply. Please call us at 617-223-8666 for more information.

  • Depending on the kind of event you wish to hold, there are several islands that can fit your needs. Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks, and Thompson Islands are the most equipped for hosting your next company outing, business meeting, or wedding. Visit Host Your Event to learn more.

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