Marine Operations

Marine Operations

One of the Division of Marine Operations' boats

Message from the Director

We hope you made it through this long, snowy winter unscathed. Here at Marine Operations we were not entirely spared; our facilities and docks received some minor damage that we are working quickly to repair now.

The Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) project has required the temporary closure of the University Drive roadway that once passed by the Fox Point docks. This will be quite disruptive to our Fox Point operations, including the pavilion. We intend to take advantage of this construction period to begin our own upgrades to our facilities while still maintaining access for the community. On the drawing board now are plans for new floats with fully accessible gangways and new storage facilities to support our growing research and waterfront recreation programs, all to be constructed this year.

With all the new buildings and roads being built, we do anticipate some disruptions in terms of driving and parking on campus. (An updated map is here.) To avoid any inconveniences, please check the university's Construction Updates page before planning your visit to our waterfront this year.

The Waterfront Recreation Program is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Recognizing the challenges of getting to/from our docks, our sailing, kayaking and SUP partner—Boating in Boston—has generously offered access to their nearby Carson Beach facility. This is free for UMass Boston students with a valid ID. Community memberships are available to purchase.

Book a cruise today for your department or group or join one of our open cruises by calling 617.287.5404. Check back here under "Choose Your Cruise" for more details.



Chris Sweeney



Waterfront Recreation Program             

Sailboats in the harbor




Island Adventures

These three hour adventures begin with a  narrated cruise through the Boston Harbor, where you will be able to experience the rich history and geography of the islands. Disembark to the island and explore for an hour or more.

Spectacle Island: July 21st, 2015

Spectacle is the fun island, with spectacular views of the city and other islands. Spectacle features a marina, visitor center, cafe, a life-guarded swimming beach, and five miles of walking trails that lead to the crest of a 157 foot-high hill, offering panoramic views of the harbor.

Peddocks Island: August 18th, 2015 

Newly opened for visitors after many years shuttered, Peddocks is one of the largest, most diverse islands in the harbor. With the longest shoreline of any harbor island, Peddocks is composed of four headlands, connected by sand or gravel bars. Peddocks features a new pier, visitors center, camp sites and hiking trails that pass a marsh, a pond and coastal forests. These varied environments allow visitors to experience a wide range of natural beauty.

Departure at 11 a.m. from Fox Point Dock, located between Wheatley and McCormack Halls; Return at 2 p.m.

Students with valid UMass Boston ID $15.00
UMass Boston and non-UMass Boston community members $20.00
Group Rate (Choose your own date and time) $875.00 for 3 hours