Spend some time on Star Island! Arrive on the island at 9:30 am, and then catch one of our afternoon boats back to Rye Harbor. Ferry trips are drop off/pick up only, with no guided tours.
Due to COVID-19, day visitors and overnight guests will be kept separate this year, so these trips are only available on weekends, at times when there will be no conferees on the island. Separate areas will be designated as well, so day visitors will not have access to most of the buildings, but can hang out in the rocking chairs on the hotel porch!
Only 5 1/2 miles from Rye lie the Isles of Shoals. This group of nine islands is a natural habitat for many species of marine life and has a remarkable history. Relax on the boat as we cruise amongst the islands and learn about them from our expertly narrated tour.
After our Isles Tour, we will dock at Star Island for a “walkabout”. Take a step back in time as you relax with a picnic on the grand lawn of the late 1800’s Oceanic Hotel, walk the well-worn paths of the historic island town of Gosport, and listen to waves lapping and birds calling. When we arrive on the island, your captain’s narrated walking tour provides a chance to learn about the fascinating history of the island and see the stone chapel, old graveyard, fishing cottages and more. After the tour, or as soon as we dock since the guided tour is optional, there is time for you to relax and explore on your own.
Due to COVID-19, day visitors and conferees will be kept separate this year, and outdoor areas will be designated for use only by walkabout guests. As a result, passengers on this trip won’t have access into the island’s buildings or on any porches.