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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fascinating place but probably would have been a better day trip, not overnite... flies/loud planes.

Thank trudyten
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a wonderful and informational tour of the light house and also Boston harbor. I highly recommend this tour!

Thank ziggyziggy02445
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went to George's Island on a stunningly beautiful summer Sunday primarily to learn about the history and construction of Fort Warren. I recommend strongly taking a guide-led free walking tour of the site. My guide's name was Lynn, and I found out by speaking...More

Thank WalkingTourTom
Reviewed 1 week ago

a day trip to the harbor islands is a yearly outing. the boat stops at George's island site of an old fort. it is said the ghost of a woman who was killed there trying to aid her husband escape haunts the island regularly. visit...More

Thank mian0nna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived an hour north of Boston my whole life and never knew about this hidden gem until recently. We took the ferry from Long Wharf direct to Spectacle Island. Ferries run frequently during the summer and it was seamless to get to. Spectacle has...More

1  Thank Rem4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I love going to visit lighthouses and we were not disappointed by Boston Light. The park rangers were really friendly and knowledgeable about the lighthouse and its history. They answered all of our questions and then some. The lighthouse keeper is incredibly...More

Thank Nicole A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took MBTA ferry from Hingham ( parking is $4) to Georges Island and Fort Warren. Modest visitor's center. Continued on the Boston Long Wharf and back to Hingham. Nice Scenery.

Thank RZH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was helpful and informed. Sally, the lightkeeper, is a fascinating and highly educated woman. Beautiful views.

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour to Little Brewster Island and Boston Light is an interesting one. The people who run the ship and island are very nice and informative. Very convenient to get to the National Park visitor center near Long Wharf. Not sure how it would be...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you only have the time to visit 1 of the islands in the harbor head to Spectacle Island. It's only a 20 min ferry ride from Long Wharf, make sure that you arrive 20 mins before the ferry leaves to purchase your ticket and...More

1  Thank Jane W
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6 June 2017|
Response from Marlene K | Reviewed this property |
I took the Boston Harbor ferry to George's Island. There's a fort there that is cool and it's fun to walk around that island. From there you can go to other islands. One in particular had a lot of bunnies. Otherwise you... More
25 April 2017|
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Response from Marlene K | Reviewed this property |
You can camp on some of the islands. Otherwise there are no places to stay. Camping is listed on the boston harbor islands website.