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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The individual islands are well worth a stroll, although they can be quite busy in summer (well, as busy as the central area of an accessible National Park usually is). One of the most enjoyable parts of the day was taking the ferry to hop...More

Thank Dalkeith1
Reviewed 3 November 2017

The Boston Harbor Islands ... see the different islands, camp, hike, boat... so many choices! Start with a ferry boat ride... it's all your own experience, so choose!

Thank 145maine
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We took the ferry out to the Harbor Islands to visit the historic fort. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes each way. The views of the Boston skyline are fantastic. Be sure to spend enough time to see the visitor center and the Civil-War era...More

Thank JimSTL1021
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Great place we had the lobster bake they offer. tons of lobster and great chowder with all the extras. We took their boat out there and played softball, Volleyball and explored the Island.

Thank thebatchman
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Boston is an incredible city in itself. This is a must and a lovely retreat outside of the city. Its beautiful and worth the cost! It will be an incredibly relaxing day for you!

Thank HenryPOWELL88
Reviewed 22 October 2017

I started exploring the Harbor Islands a few years back. Wow, what a cool resource for Boston area folks who want to get out of town for some nature time but can't go too far. You can take the train to Long Wharf and catch...More

Thank Mary O
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is a must do experience when you are in Boston!! It is so beautiful, relaxing and peaceful!! Cost is absolutely reasonable.

Thank Deb67401
Reviewed 20 October 2017

after all the City hectic it's relaxing to take this "low" cost boat tour, excellent views of harbourfront on departing and arriving, nice Island with self guided walking tour

Thank globalJuergen
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Explore, read the information, and observe. Try to get into the harbor and observe the islands. They are visible from theSalem ferry.

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 18 October 2017

George's Island and Fort Warren are a must see. The fort is in remarkable condition and it seems like you are a world away from Boston. I have been in the area my entire life and I am amazed that I am only now discovering...More

Thank Christy M
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Caitlin F
19 October 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.
15 October 2017|
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Response from djfurlong | Reviewed this property |
But do take advantage of the ferry to Charlestown to see old Ironsides and get a view of Boston Harbor
Benjamin P
23 July 2017|
Response from RZH | Reviewed this property |
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