Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vacation Week aboard the Freedom for the Marine Mammals Safari

On Saturday May 23rd we had a successful day aboard the Freedom for our 3 free Marine Mammal Safaris. Kids, families, groups and friends came out to join us in hopes of seeing some seals, and porpoises. Although the first trip did encounter some rain, there were still sightings of some seals along the harbor. Thankfully the rain didn't keep people from coming out for the next two trips. The dock was full with an even bigger crowd who were eager to board the Freedom for the second trip. 

While looking for the marine mammals, kids were able to give a big wave to boats who happen to pass by us on our trip. Later on, the sky cleared up for the second trip and was perfect for the last trip so that everyone aboard was able to enjoy the top deck while searching for any sign of a seal or porpoise. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Free Marine Mammal Safaris and Storytelling by the Sea during Vacation Week!

Looking for free, fun things to do with your friends, family, kids or group during vacation week?

Here are two great ideas from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

Marine Mammal Safaris

On Saturday April 23, 2016, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Massachusetts Bay Lines will host 3 free Marine Mammal Safaris to search for seals and porpoises and share songs and stories of Boston Harbor and the sea. These free trips are open to the public. We welcome school and community groups, youth organizations, friends, families, and children over the age of 5 under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

The 1st trip boards at 9:00am, departs at 9:30, and returns by 11:00am,
the 2nd trip boards at 11:15am, departs at 11:45, and returns by 1:15pm,
the 3rd trip boards at 1:30pm, departs at 2:00, and returns by 3:30pm. 
All three trips depart from and return to the Massachusetts Bay Lines dock at Rowes Wharf (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel). You can find directions

These cruises are free but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve your spot please call 617-451-2860 x1001 or email Please specify how many people in your group, a name for reservation, and which cruise you would like to go on! We suggest you wear warm clothing, bring a camera or binoculars. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard the boat, but you are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch. 

Storytelling by the Sea

On Thursday April 21st, Save the Harbor's storyteller Norah Dooley will perform as Mary Read the Pirate at Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf at 280 Congress Street in Boston from 12-2pm along with special guest Larry the Lobster. Join her and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's youth program staff as they share stories from Boston Harbor then and now.
Though reservations are not required, please send us an email with contact information for groups of ten or more.

This free event is open to the public, and made possible with the support of our friends and program partners at Atlantic Wharf and Mass Humanities. Thanks to all our corporate sponsors, foundation funding partners, and the more than 1,000 individual donors who make these free events possible.

All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are looking forward to seeing you on the harbor, the shore, the beach and the islands this year!

To learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work we do to restore and protect Boston Harbor and connect the region's residents and our communities to Boston Harbor, the islands and our region's public beaches, visit our website at and follow savetheharbor on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

30th Anniversary of Destination Boston Harbor 2016

On behalf of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Board Chair, Joe Newman, and our Board of Directors, I want to thank you for making Save the Harbors 30th Anniversary celebration at Destination Boston Harbor 2016  our most successful fundraiser ever!

It was great to spend time with more than 400 of our friends and supporters looking back at all we have accomplished together and looking ahead to another great year on Boston Harbor. We would like to thank the hospitality of Jim Carmody and his team at the Seaport Hotel, their food and service were fantastic. The room looked fabulous and our silent auction was terrific!

This year we were particularly pleased to honor our 2016 Boston Harbor Heroes for their part in the Boston Harbor success story.

Rep. RoseLee Vincent
Co-Chair Metropolitan Beaches Commission

Laura Burke, Hilton Luxury Brands
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Board Member

Captain Claudia C. Gelzer, USCG
Commander - Sector Boston

Michael Glasfeld and Julie Pagano
Bay State Cruise Company

David Lee, Stull and Lee
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Board Member

Manny Lopes, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Metropolitan Beaches Commissioner

Mark Rose, 2015 Lead Boston Harbor Explorer

Each of our heroes has shown an extraordinary commitment to Boston and the region, Boston Harbor, and our public beaches - we were proud to honor them.

The funds we raised at Destination Boston Harbor support our free Youth Environmental Education Programs and free Better Beaches Program events on our public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. It also supports our work to restore, protect, and share Boston Harbor, the waterfront and our region's public beaches with everyone. 

Save the Harbor will continue our 30th Anniversary celebrations with end of the day harbor cruises and beach parties in the coming months. Kepp and eye out for invitations - we hope you will join us.