Celia Thaxter's Garden Tours

Shoals Marine Laboratory is pleased to offer tours of Celia Thaxter's Appledore Island Garden through our UNH and Cornell partnership; tours are lead by UNH Marine Docents.
TRIP SUMMARY: Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour participants (35 total) will be transported to and from beautiful Appledore Island aboard the R/V GULF CHALLENGER. Passengers should plan to meet the vessel at UNH's Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex; located at 122 Newcastle Road, New Castle, NH 03854. As a part of this unique tour package, you will enjoy a fully-catered luncheon courtesy of Shoals Marine Lab in our beautiful Kiggins Commons Dining Room offering expansive water views and an open deck-- should you wish to dine en plein air! FOR SUMMER 2014: Please plan to travel to our New Castle, NH dock via Rte. 1B from downtown Portsmouth, and not via Rte. 1A (through Rye). Follow this link to the City of Portsmouth web site for details!

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Appledore Island is an extremely rugged landscape, with uneven, slightly steep and rocky paths. There are no paved roads or walkways. All tour participants must be 18 years of age or older and should be in good physical condition. PLEASE WEAR FOOTWEAR APPROPRIATE FOR WALKING ON UNEVEN TERRAIN! The majority of the day is spent walking, and participants are required to stay with the tour leader(s) for the entire duration of the time on Appledore Island. Limited seating is available aboard the R/V CHALLENGER (pictured below); passengers must be prepared to stand for the duration of the trip (30-45 minutes).

2014 TOUR DETAILS: Total cost = $100 per person (sorry, no group discounts available). All-inclusive package covers round-trip boat transportation, lunch (includes beverages and dessert, served buffet style w/vegetarian option available), and guided tours. FREE parking is available! You will receive trip confirmation details from SML confirming your reservation no less than one week prior to your trip.
Departure time from New Castle. NH* is 9:00am (please arrive by 8:30am).
Departure time from Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island is 2:45pm (arrive back in New Castle, NH by 4:00pm).
Parking at the dock is limited. If you are traveling in a group, please make every effort to carpool.

* Follow this link for directions to the dock in New Castle, NH where you will be boarding UNH's R/V Gulf Challenger:

Follow this link to download our waiver form; bring with you on the day of your tour (forms will also be available the day of the tour).


2014 Celia Thaxter Garden Tour DATES are almost sold out! However there is still an opportunity to visit Appledore Island and Celia Thaxter's Garden by signing up for a UNH Sea Grant Explore Appledore Tour. Please follow this link for more information and availability:

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