Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is a scenic wedding venue located on Boston Harbor Island in Boston, Massachusetts. Enjoy the natural beauty of the preserve, and spend your weekend in the historic Colonial home. Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center can accommodate wedding-related events, as well as weekend-long celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. This venue has views of Boston’s skyline while also providing a great backdrop of the seaside. There is the option to have a covered or uncovered outdoor event.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center offers the following services and items:
The Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has a rich history. In 1626, the island was used to graze sheep. In 1833, the island was purchased by Boston philanthropists to help young boys who were at risk, teaching them farming and gardening. The island is now a beautiful place to live, and the island’s trustees are committed to educating its citizens about the environment.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is located on Boston Harbor Island in Boston, Massachusetts.
17 Reviews for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Brianna Gallivan · Getting married on 05/08/2020
PERFECT venue for us!
Getting married on Thompson Island was nothing short of perfect! We worked with Denise and Mary Kate, who were so organized, so efficient, so attentive to detail, and so patient. For a bride and groom who didn't want to be too burdened by details, it was really easy, because they organized and communicated everything with us and our vendors.Sent on 11/11/2019
The venue is so naturally beautiful, and our guests loved taking the boat over and staying overnight. The ceremony and reception venues are unmatched, with views of Boson in the background.
The food was delicious, and the late-night bonfire was perfect for our afterparty. We seriously wouldn't have changed a single thing! Highly recommend this venue for a couple who doesn't want to be totally traditional and who loves the natural beauty of the great outdoors!
Joyce Lin · Married on 05/11/2019
Extraordinary Venue for an Extraordinary Day
Denise, Mary Kate, Logan, Cody and the rest of the Thompson Island Outward Bound team made our wedding weekend extraordinary.Sent on 06/03/2019
I had been interested in Thompson Island Outward Bound for our wedding, partially because it was important to me that my happy day also bring happiness to others and their mission of experiential, outdoor, STEM education for Boston kids resonated strongly with us.
The experience of taking the ferry boat to the venue was glorious-- entering the harbor takes you away from the city and just provides a space for you and your guests to feel the wind in your hair and let go of all the other distractions in your life.
Denise was really accommodating in letting me come visit and do some sketches so that I could create a watercolor illustration for our invitations.
Mary Kate was extremely responsive as we e-mailed her with questions down to the wire as our day approached. On the day itself, she checked in with me periodically to ensure things were going smoothly.
The team on the island were professional, friendly, and really helpful for any questions our guests had. The kitchen staff even got some breakfast ready for one of our youngest guests when he insisted on going to visit the cafeteria well before breakfast was scheduled!
The island is beautiful. We were so fortunate that the weather was excellent for our early spring wedding. The trees were blooming and leafing out. The pavilion where the dinner, dancing, and bar for cocktail hour are located already had twinkle lights in place, lots of natural lighting and was open to the beach air and views, so didn't need much decoration.
Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the New England clambake complete with lobster, the lawn games, and the bonfire with s'mores (My 13 year-old second cousin had 5!). Cody answered our questions about the wildlife on the island and took care of the bonfire for us.
The atmosphere of the island was perfect for our mellow picnic-atmosphere, kid-friendly wedding. The staff-driven golf carts were really helpful in getting us to places for our photos as well as making everything accessible for our guests that weren't as steady on their feet. Everyone was asking us how we'd found such a special place.
Getting to stay overnight and meet up at breakfast the next morning was a great way to get to spend more time with our guests as well.
All of our vendors were excited to work with Thompson Island and had a great experience there as well.
Bob G · Married on 06/23/2018
Amazing team and venue!
We had a wonderful experience working with Denise and Beth and everyone we encountered. They helped us carry out our dream wedding. They were creative, flexible, responsive and so so helpful! When you consider that the proceeds from your wedding go to support an amazing nonprofit organization, how can you even go wrong?!Sent on 12/26/2018
The staff at theThompson Island Conference Center has all the elements to exceed guests and vendor expectations , along with a view as beautiful as a wedding day cake, Any event is sure to be a flawless five star success!