The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships Boston sailing ships are located in the heart of downtown Boston next to the New England Aquarium at Central Wharf, conveniently located just off the Aquarium T stop on the Blue Line. As the only tall ships in the area, if they are at the dock they are quite easy to spot! Our ticket booth is at the head of Central Wharf in front of the Aquarium. To join us for a Boston Harbor Sail, you’ll find directions to us on the map below.
If you require assistance with directions at any time, please call our office at 617-742-0333.
Please check in at our ticket booth prior to your sail. Located on Central Wharf in front of NE Aquarium. Do not head to the office (67 Long Wharf) to check in.
You can purchase tickets and check in for your sail at our green ticket booth with red signs on top, located just to the left of the Duck Boat ticket trailer at the head of Central Wharf, by the road. To access the ships, walk down the brick path along the wharf past the seal exhibit. Our docks will be on the left! Please do not come aboard until you are invited by the crew. Each passenger group needs a boarding pass (not your ticket confirmation) to get on board.
Public Transportation Access
Boston is a very walkable city and the subway system (called the “T”) can get you access to just about anywhere. The Aquarium and Central Wharf area are very easy to access via the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line. You can also take MBTA ferries from several access points to Long Wharf.
Subway System / the T – get off at the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line and use the AQUARIUM exit. You will exit facing west down State Street with Atlantic Avenue in front. Long Wharf and Boston Harbor will be BEHIND you, so do a U-turn and you will see the waterfront. Walk toward the water with the Long Wharf Marriott on your left and soon enough you will see the gray concrete Aquarium building to the distant right.
Commuter Rail from the NORTH – If you are coming from a community north of Boston, take the commuter rail to North Station. You can then either walk directly from North Station going south on Atlantic Ave, or go one stop inbound on the Green Line to Haymarket station and then walk. Look for signs to the Aquarium.
Commuter Rail from the SOUTH – Communities to the south and west of Boston typically are served by commuter rail to South Station. You can either hop on the T and go to the Aquarium stop, or exit the station and walk NORTH along Atlantic Ave toward the Aquarium.
From the Boston Common / Park Street Station – Follow the Freedom Trail and see some of the sights of Boston! The Freedom Trail will take you to Quincy Market. Walk east through the Market until you come to Atlantic Ave and cross over toward the Aquarium. You can also continue down State Street directly to Long Wharf after passing the Old State House. Central Wharf, where the ships are, will be toward the right toward the water.
Learn more about parking and schedules for the subway and commuter rail at the MBTA website.
If you would like to arrive via a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft please leave yourself plenty of time to secure a ride and arrive approximately 30 minutes before your cruise departs. Guests have had trouble getting ride-shares for pickup and we do NOT want you to miss the boat!
Driving Directions & Parking
Boston has a reputation for heavy traffic and confusing streets (no grid system here, folks!). Unless you are familiar with the area, we strongly recommend that you consider public transportation as it is easy to use and parking for the day outside the city is MUCH cheaper. (See info above).
However, if you prefer to drive in, see below for directions and parking options.
PLEASE NOTE: we do NOT have parking specifically for guests and are not able to validate parking for any garages downtown.
From the North—Drive South on I-93, take Exit 17A (signs for Government Center) to the stop light at the top of the ramp. Go straight and move into left lane. At the third light (Milk St.) turn left for the Aquarium (it will be in front of you).
From the South—Take I-93 North to the South Station Tunnel; from the west (MA Turnpike/Route 90) take exit 134 A-B-C onto I-93 north. Stay in the right lane to Exit 17B for Government Center. Stay to the left on the exit ramp and turn left at the top of the ramp following signs for the Aquarium/Waterfront. At the fourth light (Milk St.) turn left for the Aquarium (it will be in front of you).
Liberty Fleet Parking Suggestions
Parking (Updated March 2023)
PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to check IN ADVANCE of what the actual parking rates are for each garage and whether the garage is operating.
Liberty Fleet is not responsible for any passenger parking fees.
Harbor Garage (617) 720-5135 • Located off Atlantic Ave. next to the New England Aquarium. The Harbor Garage is located directly next to the New England Aquarium and is the closest available parking to our ships. However, it often fills up quickly during the summer and is highly priced.
Here are a few other nearby options:
Lewis Wharf Parking (617) 227-3713 • Located at: 2 Lewis Wharf
Rowes Wharf Parking (617) 439-0328 • Located at: 30 Rowes Wharf
Pi Alley Parking Garage (617) 720-2006 • Located at: 275 Washington St. in Downtown Boston
60 State Street Garage (617) 973-6760 • Located at: the west end of Faneuil Hall, enter from Merchants Row.
Boston Common Garage (617) 954-2097 • Check bostoncommongarage.com for numerous specials. Located at: Zero Charles St.
Folio Boston Garage (Pilgrim Parking) (617) 330-9085 • Located at: 80 Broad St. (garage entrance is on Well Street)
International Place Garage (617) 330-5243 • Located at: 1 International Place
There are parking lots along Commercial Street in the North End.
Check this smartphone app for reasonably priced prepaid parking: SpotHero. Input the New England Aquarium as your destination. We recommend you read your confirmation notice before entering the garage as instructions vary by location.