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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...more
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
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
The two-hour lighthouse cruise, narrated throughout by very knowledgeable National Park Service employees, goes by Long Island Light, Boston Harbor Light (the oldest, and last staffed, lighthouse in the US), and the Graves Light. The mix of history lesson with the breathtaking views of islands,...More
Spectacle Island Park has been developed as a public space with 3 easy walking trails, landing stage and cafe, service area. We visited during school holiday time and noted the Park sponsored ranger program. The cafe has a limited but adequate range of fast food.The...More
We have been in the Boston area for about a year, and we recently discovered a terrific attraction that was hiding in plain sight! Boston Harbor has a bunch of big islands which, it turns out, are operated by the National Park Service. You reach...More
Nice ferry station to depart for the harbor islands. Easy to find ticket booth. Ferry ride gives a great view of Boston harbor. We rode to George's Island on the first ferry (10 am) on a Monday in August and it wasn't too full. The...More
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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
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 sail directly to Lovell, I would not recommend the beaches on the Harbor islands for swimming. Georges and Spectacle each have nice places to sit and enjoy the view, but they're more like city parks than island getaways.
I personally do not like Spectacle Island - I like shade and don't enjoy baking. Spectacle Island seems to be heated from within - who knows maybe there's some interesting chemistry going on there. The only time I'd recommend going is on the last few ferries of the Season in the Fall. If you can time a visit to match up with the Monarch butterfly migration, then it's worth a visit.