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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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All reviews georges island spectacle island fort warren boston harbor boat ride coast guard day trip light house lighthouse tour oldest lighthouse smaller islands long wharf national park bring a picnic lunch park service visitor center great trip
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Traveled by private boat and the views were great. The joy was in the constant changing scenery as the boat moved about the harbor. The islands are so different from each other. Some have forts and lighthouses.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TomandMaryAnn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you find yourself in Boston, with time, and good weather, hop on a ferry and get out to one of the islands.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 403rayt
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The best vacations are often right around the corner from where you live. You don't have to go far for a good experience. Save money, save gas, take the family.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bostongolfers
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We traveled to George island when weather was threatening, it was a good find, glad it was dry as went on a free guided tour of the fort, would have been limiting if raining, the older guide was very knowledgable and shared so much with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MrsandMrHappy
Reviewed 21 September 2018

This once ignored set of beautiful islands are now quite an attraction but make sure you pick a sunny day to enjoy the nice setting and have a picnic. Once I got there I realized real quick that on a poor or marginal day this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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,

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank mrenner625
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kelstre4508
Reviewed 18 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank contecj
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Did the 2 hour lighthouse cruise tour. It was spectacular. Great National Park Service,Guides on a beautiful Univ of Mass boat.

Date of experience: September 2018
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11 July 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
3 April 2018|
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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.