Kettle Island Nature Cruise with Mass Audubon
June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm$20 – $35
Enjoy an afternoon boat ride on Naumkeag to Kettle Island, Mass Audubon’s uninhabited rocky island located off the coast of Manchester-by-the Sea. Kettle Island hosts a large colony of nesting colonial waterbirds (snowy and great egrets, glossy ibis, little blue heron, and black-crowned night heron). During the boat ride out and back naturalists will point out birds and other wildlife while discussing the natural history of the area. We will circle Kettle Island to watch egrets and herons coming onto the island for the evening. Mass Audubon naturalists will be on board to share their knowledge about the island and the nesting birds.
(Photo by Craig Gibson)
Boat Departure Location: Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970.
Please read all the information listed below before purchasing your ticket(s).
Adults: $35 Children (4-12 yr): $20 (Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount!)
Boat Departure Location:
Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970.
What You Need To Know Before You Go! Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the trip?
About 2.5 hours round-trip
Are there restrictions on who can go?
All passengers must be:
- At least 4 years old (No infants; in arms or baby carriers)
- Capable of negotiating the boat ramp without assistance.
What if it rains or is stormy?
Boat trips depend on the weather. Naumkeag has no rain or sun cover on it. Passengers should dress accordingly. Sun screen and hats are recommended.
Is there a bathroom onboard?
There are no bathrooms on the boat, but there are restrooms at the Salem Ferry Visitor Center which can be used directly before and after the tour.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
- If Essex Heritage cancels the boat trip: If it is too rainy or stormy or the seas are too rough, and Essex Heritage has to cancel the boat trip, you will be fully refunded the cost of your ticket
- If ticket holder cancels: If you cancel because you think it is too sunny, rainy, windy or whatever, but the boat still goes, tickets are non-refundable.
How will I know if my tour has been cancelled?
Essex Heritage staff will do our best to email all ticketed passengers in advance if your trip has been cancelled. We will also keep an updated weather advisory line at 978-998-2188.
Please call (978) 212-9227
Essex Heritage does not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal property.