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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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“fort warren”(34 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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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago

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 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank GrampsP
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank William M
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank dgr216
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank CaptainZoodirt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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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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
April 2, 2018|
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Response from globalJuergen | Reviewed this property |
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.