COVID-19 UPDATE: We are updating the contents of our Getting to Shoals page to reflect pertinent travel information for our 2021 season. SML will be following guidance for essential travel as outlined by New Hampshire’s Division of Public Health Services. We will include additional pre-travel & arrival details for your course on this webpage as well. If you have urgent, travel-related questions, please contact SML’s Associate Director, Dr. David Buck.
Getting to Shoals
Getting to the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) varies depending upon the purpose of the trip! Please use the appropriate link below to learn how to get to SML on Appledore Island, Maine. See you there!
SML does not provide parking. Parking and any accompanying fees are the responsibility of the program participant.
Long-term Parking (48 hours to 21-day limit)
GO TO THE DOCK FIRST to drop-off your luggage. Find a Shoals staff member and check-in. Allow adequate time to park your vehicle, grab a taxi, and return to the dock for departure. The best long-term parking is available at the Portsmouth Transportation Center (Park & Ride). This lot is located at 185 Grafton Road, Portsmouth off Exit 3 on Rt. 95 in New Hampshire. (If you miss Exit 3, turning around will be difficult!) You must get a taxi from the Park & Ride to the dock (15-minute ride). This lot is free. Fees apply for the taxi ride.
Short-term Parking (Less than 48 hours)
GO TO THE DOCK FIRST to drop-off your luggage. Find a Shoals staff member and check-in. Allow adequate time to park your vehicle, walk or grab a taxi, and return to the dock for departure. The best short-term parking is available at the High St./Hanover St. Public Parking Garage, in Downtown Portsmouth, which is 3 blocks from the main dock. Parking fees apply.
Find The Dock
SML Portsmouth, NH Dock
315 Market Street, Portmouth, NH 03801