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. To visit Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area on your trip to Boston, use our Boston trip itinerary website .
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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!  more »
  • 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 t...  more »

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