Visiting Thacher Island
Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport, Massachusetts. Rockport is a small seacoast town about 40 miles north of Boston. It can be reached via Rt. 128 north. Although the island may be viewed from the shore from either Eden Road or Marmion Way the best way to view the island is by going there by becoming a member of the Thacher Island Association.
New Launch Fees for 2017
$30.00 per adult and $10.00 for children under 12.
Rockport residents $10.00 per adult and free for children under 12.
Fee is waived for Thacher Island Association members paid up for 2017.See Membership Information tab for details.
Launch fees will be payable by credit card to hold your reservations.
The launch fee will be reimbursed if the trip is cancelled due to weather or rough seas. However, all passengers, including Rockport residents and paid up Thacher Island Association members will be required to pay a launch fee if they cancel their reservation less than one week prior to departure or are no-shows. Note: The late cancellation/no-show fee will be $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12 for all passengers.
All persons over 14 will be charged a $5.00 landing fee. This fee will be waived for all who can show proof they are Rockport residents, paid up Thacher Island Association members, holders of National Park Service America the Beautiful passes, a valid Federal Duck Stamp or arriving aboard the Thacher Island launch. Landing fees will be payable in the form of cash, check or credit card to the keeper on duty in the boat house.
Launch Dates and Times
Call for reservations 617-599-2590 daily from 9AM to 5PM.
Trips begin on Saturday June17 and run through September 2,2017 (weather permitting).
Groups larger than 5 boats must call the keepers in advance to state their expected arrival time.Island closes to the public at 5pm.
Private Launch Service
There is meter free parking on Norwood and Atlantic Aves two streets up from T-Wharf. There is limited parking on T-Wharf for non-residents on the righthand side. The meters in and around downtown on Mt Pleasant St and Dock Square are 5 hours.
What to Bring
Water, sun screen, jacket,sandals not recommended for climbing the tower and walking the trails.