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Saturday Boat Tours to Thacher Island

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Sandy Bay Yacht Club, T-Wharf

Rockport, MA 01966

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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Boat transportation to Thacher Island off the coast of the charming seacost village of Rockport, Massachusetts. Explore the Cape Ann Light Station Lighthouses listed on the National Historic Register. The Thacher Island Twin Lights were established in 1771 then replaced by the granite structures of today in 1861. Climb the South Tower for awesome views of Cape Ann. Fabulous up close bird watching. Tickets are required in advance.

For tickets, click the "Select a date and time" button, next click the "Tickets" button and you are almost on the boat!

Note: If you are a Thacher Island Association member a benefit is free boat tickets. Family ($60 per year) member benefit is 4 free tickets. Individual ($30 per year) member benefit is 2 free tickets. Membership will be verified and your credit card will be charged the regular rate if not a member. You should make your membership decision before you buy tickets from Eventbrite. Membership is paid for on the Thacher web site, (https://thacherisland.org/join-us/), not Eventbrite. Your membership will be recognized immediately by Eventbrite when you go to that site to reserve boat ticklets.


Do I have to buy tickets in advance and where can I buy them?

Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance and can only be purchased on this website.

Each person, including children, MUST have their own ticket with their name on it.

Is it important to provide passenger names when I purchase trickets?

Yes, this is very important. The name on each ticket must be unique. Mobile phone contact information can be the same for passengers in a group.

Why must I create an account on Eventbrite to order tickets?

Additional security is important for events which may require credit card information. Unless you sign out, Eventbrite will recognize you when you return to the website.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Children must be at least 3 years old. Children under 12 years of age require an Adult Sponsor for every 5 children to travel to the island with them.

Why is contact information such as email and mobile phone so important?

Please remember that in the event boat trips are cancelled for weather or rough seas, this will be the only way to notify passengers. Cancellations typically occur less than 24 hours before departure.

Do I have to sign the waiver of liability to order tickets?

Yes, the waiver of liability is required to order tickets

Is the ticket a round trip ticket and how long will it take?

Yes, your ticket is round trip. Time on the island is 1.5 hours. The overall experience with travel time is about 2.5 hours.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For driving directions enter a destination of "Sandy Bay Yacht Club" on T-Wharf. T-Wharf is NOT Tuna Wharf, which is a different location in Rockport.

There is meter-free parking on Norwood and Atlantic Avenues two streets up from T-Wharf. There is limited free parking on T-Wharf for non-residents on the right hand side. Parking kiosks are located around town and will accept flexible parking times with cash or credit card.

If by train, the MBTA Commuter Rail Rockport line runs from North Station to Rockport (Whistlestop Station). From there it is a mile walk down Broadway to T-Wharf.

What can I bring to the event?

Drinking water, sun screen, and jacket. Sandals not recommended for climbing the tower and walking the trails.

Life jackets are provided and will be worn on board.

Please leave your pets at home. Great place for a picnic, bird watching or picture taking. It is an active gull nesting location, so a head covering can be useful.

Are there services available on the island?

There is a composting toilet and picnic tables. Thacher Island merchandise can be purchased at the boat house. No food or beverages are available for purchase on the island.

How can I contact the Organiser with any questions?

For questions and special needs, call 617-599-2590 daily from 9AM to 5PM. Leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned.

What's the refund policy?

The launch fee will be reimbursed if the trip is cancelled due to weather or rough seas. Weather cancellations are within 24 hours of departure, so watch email or listen for a phone call.

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 (7 Days) 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.

How to cancel: Service Fees will be refunded provided cancellation is greater than 7 days before departure. Go to the Eventbrite website on your ticket confirmation by clicking "View and Manage" your order. (You may need to log in to your Eventbrite account.) If trips are cancelled by Thacher Island Assocation due to weather or rough seas, the 7 day refund policy is waived for all paid tickets for that trip.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, the boat captain will check your ticket to match the boat manifest. Launch leaves from Town dock (T-Wharf) next to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, log into the Eventbrite site and click on "View and Manage" your order. You may not tranfer your tickets to another party and you may not transfer your tickets to a new event. Verify that your passenger names are correct.

Please make sure the emergency contact/phone number is the most current. Please make sure your email is correct and it is an email which you check frequently. This is the only way to contact you if there is a weather cancellation which would occur within 24 hours of departure time.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

NO, you may not transfer your tickets to another party and you may not transfer your tickets to a new event.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

NO, the name on the ticket should match the passenger who is attending. The ticket buyer can change this registration by returning to this website.

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Sandy Bay Yacht Club, T-Wharf

Rockport, MA 01966

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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