Getting to Shoals


Getting to Shoals Marine Lab is a 2-step process: Once you've arrived in Portsmouth, NH -- we'll take care of getting you to Appledore Island!
 
STEP 1: Follow this link to our TRAVEL FAQs; find places to STAY; tips for travel to Portsmouth, NH by air, bus or car; plus where and how to PARK!
SPECIAL NOTE FOR STUDENTS UNDER 21: Please be aware that some places to stay may not accept reservations for students under 21 years of age! Shoals Marine Lab can not provide overnight accommodations for students before or after program start/end dates.

QUESTIONS? Contact SHOALS


STEP 2: Plan to meet a Shoals vessel in Portsmouth to get to Appledore Island, and consult our online calendar/boat schedule for all departure and arrival information.

ALL passengers (except Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour passengers*) travel to Appledore Island aboard Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) vessels from a dock in Portsmouth, NH (click on the map for dock locations).
Know before you go! We recommend that all Shoals passengers consult the New Hampshire Department of Transportation web site for detailed traffic pattern and construction updates BEFORE traveling to the Seacoast area.

*Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour passengers,
FOLLOW THIS LINK to our Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour page.


STUDENTS (You do NOT need to make a boat reservation):
ON THE FIRST DAY OF A COURSE
:
Plan to arrive in Portsmouth by 11:30AM; departure time is 1:00PM.
ON THE LAST DAY OF A COURSE:
Plan to depart Appledore at 10:00AM; return time to Portsmouth is 12:00PM.
See Forms and Instructions for an electronic acceptance packet; includes packing instructions.
 
ADULT and FAMILY EDUCATION PARTICIPANTS (You do NOT need to make a boat reservation):
ON THE FIRST DAY OF A PROGRAM:
Plan to arrive in Portsmouth at least 1.5 hours before departure time.
ON THE LAST DAY OF A PROGRAM: Plan to return to Portsmouth ~ 1.5 hours after the scheduled departure time.
Consult our online calendar/boat schedule for exact arrival and departure times--you will also receive specific travel instructions and information as part of your electronic confirmation packet.
See our Adult and Family Ed overview for electronic confirmation packet; includes packing instructions.

ACADEMIC TEACHING STAFF (You DO need to make a boat reservation):
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, consult our online calendar/boat schedule for exact arrival and departure times -- then contact Pam Boutilier (shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu) or (603) 430-5220 to make your arrival and departure reservations.
See Academic Teaching Staff forms and instructions for details about how to prepare for teaching at Shoals!

SHOALS STAFF and STAFF GUESTS (You DO need to make a boat reservation):
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: STAFF, please follow instructions and COMPLETE THIS GUEST FORM (PDF)
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: STAFF GUESTS, please follow instructions and COMPLETE THIS EMERGENCY FORM (PDF)
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, consult our online calendar/boat schedule for exact arrival and departure times -- then contact Pam Boutilier (shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu) or (603) 430-5220 to make your arrival and departure reservations.
See Jobs at Shoals for details about working at Shoals!

VISITING RESEARCHERS, including birders (You DO need to make a boat reservation):
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: Please follow instructions and COMPLETE THIS EMERGENCY FORM (PDF)
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, consult our online calendar/boat schedule for exact arrival and departure times -- then contact Pam Boutilier (shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu) or (603) 430-5220 to make your arrival and departure reservations.
See Visiting Reseachers
for details about how to prepare for doing research at Shoals!

 

VOLUNTEERS (You DO need to make a boat reservation):
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, consult our online calendar/boat schedule for exact arrival and departure times -- then contact Pam Boutilier (shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu) or (603) 430-5220 to make your arrival and departure reservations.
See Volunteer Corps for forms to complete and details about being a volunteer at Shoals!

QUESTIONS? Contact Pam Boutilier: shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu or (603) 430-5220 (Monday - Friday)


LONG-TERM PARKING (48 hours or longer) IN PORTSMOUTH, NH (make plans well in advance!)
Shoals does not provide long-term parking in Portsmouth, NH! Please GO TO THE DOCK FIRST to drop-off your luggage; look for a Shoals staff member for guidance. Allow adequate time to park your vehicle, grab a taxi (or walk) and return to the dock for departure. For assistance, contact Pam Boutilier (shoals-lab-east@cornell.edu) or (603) 430-5220 (M-F).
QUESTIONS? Contact SHOALS
 
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