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For each ticketed adult on a C&J bus to South Station or Logan Airport, one child can ride absolutely free.

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The Tall Ships are coming to Boston! Sail Boston June 17 – 22nd

Boston has deep historic ties on both its land and sea, step back in time this June as the Tall ships are on display in the seaport of Boston. There will be 55 ships participating in Sail Boston and the festivities will be taking place over the 6 days at the Boston Fish Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard.

Come see and tour the Tall Ships, watch the ships parade, learn about the history, enjoy music, entertainment and more! Maybe if you are feeling adventurous you will hit the seas and sail aboard a tall ship.

Boston is also an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a 7,000 nautical mile trans-Atlantic race of over 40 tall ships visiting six countries. The Regatta honors the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces.

What’s a tall ship? Learn all about it here.

Main Events:

There are Sail Boston events happening throughout the week. See our recommendations for must do events:

Grand Parade of Sail

Saturday, June 17 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Boston Harbor

The Grand Parade of Sail will highlight the Tall ships arrival into Boston Harbor, along the Boston waterfront, turning at Charlestown, before proceeding to their assigned docking areas.

View the full Parade Route and Prohibited Items List

Public Boarding of Ships

Saturday, June 17 | 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 21 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Boston Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard

Following the Parade of Sail on Saturday, June 17, the Tall Ships will be docked at various piers for the public to view and board. Boarding times will be posted closer to the event and may vary at the Captain’s discretion.

Insider tip: Download the Sail Boston mobile app to have all of the most up-to-date event information in the palm of your hands! The app allows you to find the ships you want to visit as well as activities, and recommendations for a great spot for lunch!

Getting There

Sail Boston officials encourage guests attending the events not to drive into the city. There will be limited parking, restricted travel and street closures throughout the week. Rather than battling Boston traffic and paying an arm and a leg to park, consider catching a C&J bus to South Station. From there, it’s easy to get to all the Sail Boston events throughout the city.

Getting Around Boston

Once you get to South Station you can take the Subway to any of the stations below for quick and easy access to the Grand Parade of Sail viewing areas. See our top location recommendations below and take advantage of the special event MBTA passes to get you around.

  • Aquarium (Blue Line)
  • JFK/Umass (Red Line) for the MBTA shuttle to Castle Island
  • Sullivan Square (Orange Line) for the MBTA shuttle to Charlestown Navy Yard

MBTA shuttles will run direct service on June 17 – 21 from Sullivan Square station to Charlestown Navy Yard, with additional shuttles on June 17 from JFK/UMass station to Castle Island.

South Station to Aquarium

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get from South Station to the Aquarium dock via the T.

  • At South Station, board the Red Line toward Alewife.
  • Connect with the Green Line at Park St.
  • Connect with the Blue Line at Government Center.
  • Take the Blue Line toward the Airport.
  • Get off at the Aquarium stop.

South Station to Castle Island

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get from South Station to Castle Island via the T.

  • At South Station, board the Red Line toward Ashmont.
  • Travel 3 stops
  • Get off at the JFK/UMass Stop
  • Connect with the MBTA shuttle to Castle Island

South Station to Charlestown Navy Yard

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get from South Station to the Charlestown Navy Yard via the T.

  • At South Station, board the Red Line toward Alewife.
  • Connect with the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing towards Oak Grove.
  • Travel 5 stops
  • Get off at the Sullivan Station
  • Connect with the MBTA shuttle to Charlestown Navy Yard.

See the full map of Sail Boston events, here.

Stress Free Family Travel with C&J

One child, 18 years of age or younger, can ride absolutely free when accompanied by a full-fare ticketed adult to Boston’s South Station or Logan Airport. Two adults? Then two children 18 years or younger may ride free.

Set yourself up for a fun, relaxing day and leave the car at home. Catch a C&J bus from Dover, Portsmouth or Newburyport to South Station for an event you’ll never forget.

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