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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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“georges island”(64 reviews)
“fort warren”(35 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 17, 2006

My husband and I have lived in Boston on/off for years now. We have gone to the art museums, science museum, walked the freedom trail etc. This was our best tourist experience. We paid for a boat ride to the island with the fort(sorry I...More

34  Thank LAKNOL
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 2, 2018

Pros: The Harbor Islands are an interesting and unique part of boston's history. Each island offers different views, activities and an interesting little environment to explore. Cons: Some of the most interesting islands are the smaller islands, which can be reached by inter-island shuttle. The...More

7  Thank reginav314159
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you find yourself in Boston, with time, and good weather, hop on a ferry and get out to one of the islands.

Thank 403rayt
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The best vacations are often right around the corner from where you live. You don't have to go far for a good experience. Save money, save gas, take the family.

Thank bostongolfers
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We traveled to George island when weather was threatening, it was a good find, glad it was dry as went on a free guided tour of the fort, would have been limiting if raining, the older guide was very knowledgable and shared so much with...More

Thank MrsandMrHappy
Reviewed September 21, 2018

This once ignored set of beautiful islands are now quite an attraction but make sure you pick a sunny day to enjoy the nice setting and have a picnic. Once I got there I realized real quick that on a poor or marginal day this...More

1  Thank russpei
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Lots of things to see and guide was very interesting. It was a very nice day weather wise and the experience in the bay was so nice.

Thank Peggy M
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We went on the Harbor boat to the harbor islands and stayed out there all day! Great places to picnic, run around, see the old fort or go to a small beach. It was a lot of fun and not too much money,

Thank mrenner625
Reviewed September 18, 2018

I have been visited the Boston Harbor Islands for over 40 years and feel that is is often overlooked by visitors to Boston. A visit to Fort Warren is a trip back to the 19th Century, A Civil War Era fort that actually housed Confederate...More

Thank Kelstre4508
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Looking for something to do that doesn’t cost a fortune? On September 17, took a 50 minute charter cruise to George’s Island. What an amazing adventure on a beautiful island that is Home of historic Fort Warren, a Civil war-era Fort! A HUGE shout out...More

Thank contecj
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Did the 2 hour lighthouse cruise tour. It was spectacular. Great National Park Service,Guides on a beautiful Univ of Mass boat.

Thank jyoung3381
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Excellent!! Very informative!! Price was reasonable!! Highly recommended. Lasted about 2 hours !! Definitely would do again

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July 10, 2018|
Response from reginav314159 | Reviewed this property |
Because of the ferry schedule it's difficult to plan a short trip. I'd recommend George's island - head out in the morning, explore the fort (a highlight) and back in the afternoon. Unless you have your own boat and can... More
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Sorry - no Dogs allowed !
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October 19, 2017|
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Response from herbsdottir | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Best to check with the National Parks service Boston area. Know that there is a fun, spooky Halloween event on the island with the fortress very soon.