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 (look for the red signs on top). To join us for a Boston Harbor Sail, you’ll find directions to us on the map below.
If you require assistance with directions please call our office between 10:00am and 5:00pm at 617-742-0333 seven days a week or search online for the New England Aquarium and look for our ships to the left of the aquarium building.
You can purchase tickets and check in for your sail at our ticket booth, located directly next to the Aquarium’s blue whale watch ticket booth at the head of Central Wharf. 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 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 Aquaruim and Long 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 Aquarium building.
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.
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!). So 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 24A (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.) and 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) take exit 24B onto I-93 north. Stay in the right lane to Exit 23 for Government Center. Stay to the left on the exit ramp and bear 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).
Parking (Updated June 2021)
The Harbor Garage sits 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices listed here are approximations and may be different at the actual site. Be sure to check IN ADVANCE of what the actual parking rates are for each garage. Liberty Fleet is not responsible for any passenger parking fees.
approx. $40, 80 min – 24 hours | (617) 720-5135
located off Atlantic Ave. next to the New England Aquarium.
Lewis Wharf Parking
approx. $23, for up to 10 hours | (617) 227-3713
located at: 2 Lewis Wharf
Rowes Wharf Parking
approx. $40, 80 min – 24 hours | (617) 439-0328
*weekday after 5pm and weekends (up to 24 hours) $18.00
located at: 30 Rowes Wharf
Pi Alley Parking Garage
1½ – 12 hours $42.00* | (617) 720-2006
*Monday through Thursday enter after 5pm and exit by 3am 0-10 Hour = $14.00
Enter after 4pm Friday and exit by 3am Monday: 0-10 Hours= $14.00 / 10- 24 Hours = $24.00
located at: 275 Washington St. in Downtown Boston
60 State Street Garage
approx. $43, 80 min to max | (617) 973-6760
*evenings / enter after 5:00pm and exit before 6:00am = $20 / All day Saturday or Sunday until 6:00am following day = $20 (located at: the west end of Faneuil Hall, enter from Merchants Row)
Boston Common Garage
Up to 2 hours $18; up to 24-hours $32 | (617) 954-2097
Check bostoncommongarage.com for numerous specials. (located at: Zero Charles St.)
Folio Boston Garage (Pilgrim Parking)
approx. $37 for 2 to 10 hours* | (617) 330-9085
*$10 on evenings (after 5pm, exit by 3am) and Sat/Sun (up to 10 hours, our by 3am)
located at: 80 Broad St. (garage entrance is on Well Street)
International Place Garage
up to 24 hours $42* | (617) 330-5243
Evening Monday -Friday in after 4:30pm out by 6:30am = $14 / Saturday and Sunday $14 up to 10 hours
located at: 1 International Place
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.