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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 2 days ago

We have seen many lighthouses, but taking the trip to Boston Lighthouse has always been on our bucket list. The trip was very enjoyable. We would highly recommend it!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The Boston Harbor Islands are easily accessible and offer an outstanding way to experience the historic harbor and to visit some of the islands. Trip includes spectacular views of the City, historic Boston Light and Logan Airport. You can seen planes taking off and landing,...More

Thank Connie R
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the ferry to George's Island to see Ft. Warren. This fort is in really good shape, and is very extensive. The tour was very helpful to learn more about the history of the fort and how it was used.

Thank SnBsmith
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour of Boston Light was highly enjoyable. We appreciated the history , and the stories of how life for the lighthouse keepers must have been back then. For such a small island, there is a good deal to explore. The weather was perfect. It...More

Thank taliesin88
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great way to spend a summer day,. After a greeting by the park service at the Greenway e walked about 1000 yards to the boat that would take us on our adventure . It was a great 40 min boat ride out to...More

Thank malrn1031
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to enjoy the sun and being on the water. Took ferry to a few of the islands where you could get off and hike and catch the next ferry. We opted to stay on ferry and enjoy the scenery.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ferry to each of the Boston Harbor islands ($) with your home-made picnic lunch, for a unique Boston vacation!

Thank herbsdottir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour to the Boston Light Station is part of national parks service partnering the Boston Harbor cruises. It lasts about 3-4 hours round trip. This tour makes one stop to the light station where you can speak with several people about the history of...More

Thank Rscillia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Park Service runs a ferry and tour at the Boston Lighthouse. It starts with a ride on the ferry through picturesque Boston Harbor with a narrated tour about all the Islands and some history. When you arrive at the Lighthouse you are greeted...More

Thank djfurlong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the ferry on a recent Sunday with husband and grown daughter to Spectacle Island. I grew up in Boston and have seen countless views of the city skyline but the ferry ride provides a unique view that can't be seen from anywhere other than...More

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Benjamin P
23 July 2017|
Response from RZH | Reviewed this property |
Go to Boston Harbor Island ferry schedule . Trip Advisor will not let post a link directly but combine the three words at left and an org
5 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
24 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.