Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston

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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area links 34 islands, some of which are protected areas for wildlife, while others are open to the public for recreation. Each of the public islands have a distinctive feature. For example, you'll find the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island and Fort Warren on Georges Island. You can catch a ferry to Georges and Spectacle islands for hiking and beach activities. Part of the Boston Harbor Islands Archeological District, the islands yield many artifacts from early settlers and native tribes. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and many more Boston attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Boston trip builder.
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  • A day trip to one of the harbor islands is fantastic. Bring a picnic and your walking shoes and enjoy.  more »
  • We spent the day taking the ferry out to the main island, where there was swimming, hiking, and a fabulous jazz performance for free. The view of Boston from the island was spectacular. The narrrated ...  more »
  • Boston Harbor Islands are quaint. Being able to spend time with family and friends makes everything more enjoyable.  more »
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  • An excellent, packed full day outing! The Island Hopping feature of the ferries is wonderful and highly recommended. I took an early ferry out to Georges, checked out the old fort and its spooky (and peaceful!) dark caverns, then spent the peak time on Peddocks. More old brick and military installations wait for you there, though less food and museum-style guidance. At the end of the day I hopped from Peddocks to Hull, but didn't get off the water taxi, and rode it back to Georges. Spent another hour there, then took the ferry back to Boston. Lots of fun, lots of forts and lots of sun!
  • Quick escape from the city! Great for daytrips or overnight camping. Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, and Lovells islands each offer around 7-10 campsites. It's cool to be able camp somewhere that feels SO remote, and then be back in the middle of the city after a quick ferry ride. Make sure you reserve campsites well in advance!
  • The Boston Harbor Islands are an awesome national park in Boston. It's a super cool partnerships with Mass DCR. I really had a great hike around George's island, and I can't wait to explore more. George's island has a civil war era fort, camping, ranger tours, a cafe and gift shop. It's about a 45 min ferry ride out there.
  • Georges Island and Fort Warren were an amazing day trip! We took kids aged 4 to 7 yo, and both adults and kids loved it. We went on a weekend when there were several special programs: kid-oriented tour of the fort, Civil War dress up, live music, and a ghost story tour. Even without those, there was a lot to see. The visitor's center was well-done and interesting with a lot of objects that made life at the fort in different decades come to life. The cafe had surprisingly good choices, including several vegetarian options, but service was slow so a long wait. There was a small playground right next to the cafe.
  • For $17 dollars you can hop on multiple ferries and to visit the islands of Boston Harbour. Explore a giant old fort on Georges, have a picnic on Grape, go for a swim off of Spectacular Island. Perfect summer day.