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Coastal Discoveries History and Mission

Thacher Island - one of our favorite destinations.










Coastal Discoveries is a non-profit marine education summer program aboard the 48’ Island Time, located on the Newburyport waterfront. Established in 1988, Coastal Discoveries is the longest running local marine summer program providing children with the opportunity to explore and engage with our local marine environment while creating an understanding and appreciation of our coastal waters. Since its inception in 1988, more than 7,000 kids have crossed our decks, and we believe that each year we accomplish our initial mission--to share our love of our ocean environment and to teach respect for its fragility

Activities our children participate in include fishing, exploring islands, whale watching, hauling lobster traps and so much more! Our experienced staff provides a wealth of local maritime knowledge and helps create memories that will last a lifetime. We are the proud recipient of the 2014, 2015, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,  2019, 2020 & 2021 Best Children’s Program award from BONS.

In 2014 Beth and Bob Bishop took over as program directors, continuing on the wonderful tradition of sharing their love of the ocean with children aboard. They are excited for many wonderful years ahead! 

-Beth & Bob Bishop


Coastal Discoveries is proud to be affiliated with:

The Institution for Savings in Newburyport The Institution for Savings in Newburyport American Littoral Society Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Boat US Boat US Thacher Island Association The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank The Provident Bank The Provident Bank


Office Address to send mail:

Coastal Discoveries 
20 Columbia Way
Newbury, MA  01951

Tel. 978-462-2017 

Beth's Cell Phone  508-451-0195


Boat Address for Directions:

54R Merrimac St.

Newburyport, MA 01950

Fishing Charters Newburyport


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