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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 3 days ago

We were lucky when a friend took us out on his sailboat for a tour out to the Boston Light and around the islands of the harbor. The setting can be very dramatic and being in a sailboat was very quiet. We saw both small...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area encompasses 34 islands and peninsulas within the greater Boston Harbor basin. Developed in the 1970s and established as a public park in 1996, the glacier-formed islands range in size from an acre (Nixes Mate) to 274 acres (Long...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this trip was perfect, from the friendly and informative park rangers, to the entertaining boat captain, to the lighthouse keeper in period costume and the helpful Coast Guard Auxiliary on the island. Make sure to get a climbing ticket if you can, the...More

Thank jenray1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely gorgeous day to take in this lovely little island and the lighthouse...I love lighthouses and this did not disappoint. I did not climb to the top because I know my limitations - 78 steps on the spiral staircase and 2 ladders - but everyone...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good boat rides to various islands, took two separate free tours one in reclaimed island - previously rubbish trip. second one on island with large fort - brilliant tour guide - all for free.

Thank skiersuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Educational trip. Great boat ride out and back to Boston. Great Experience climbing Boston Light. and listening to the stories and the history of the island. Greeted by the first female lighthouse keeper at Boston Light.

Thank robinepape
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just toured from a boat that went around the islands. We did a morning and a sunset cruise. Very nice. Islands look interesting. We did not have the time to take a walk on any of them, but it looks like it would be...More

1  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went out to see Boston Light on a beautiful August afternoon. The ride out to the island was pleasant and informative. The captain, who has a great sense of humor, gave a narrative of the islands as we passed them, with historical facts. The...More

Thank mamiedoodle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Harbor Lighthouse tour is a must! The ride out is beautiful and informative, but the real magic is when you land on the island. The kids and I loved hearing the history and exploring the island. Climbing the lighthouse is a must! The view...More

Thank Amelia S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great visit. The trip out and back was fantastic....thanks to the boat captain who was very entertaining and provided a lot of information. The visit to Little Brewster Island was great. Sadly, we were not able to climb the lighthouse that day.....there...More

Thank Donna S
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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
6 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
25 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.