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Boston Harbor Islands

Discover the hiking trails, historic forts and majestic lighthouses that are sprinkled across this group of 34 islands located just off the coast of Boston. 

Discover the wild world of Boston Harbor Islands State Park a few miles offshore from the hustle and bustle of Boston. This group of 34 islands and peninsulas is a designated national recreation area. Whether you go swimming in an inviting inlet or explore lush hiking trails, find endless outdoor fun, all within a convenient distance of downtown Boston.

Explore Fort Warren, the star-shaped fort that was built on Georges Island in the middle of the 19th century. When weather permits, go on a guided tour to learn about its history as a training center and Civil War prison. Georges Island is also the transportation hub for shuttles departing to other islands.

Tour Boston Light, one of America’s oldest light stations, located on Little Brewster Island. The United States Coast Guard light keeper will provide a tour of the charming white lighthouse that has stood since 1783. Climb 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Boston Harbor.

Take a ferry to reach Boston Harbor Islands. Ferry travel is the best, and indeed, the only way to reach most of the islands. Ferries run daily between Boston and both Georges and Spectacle islands. During warm months, the ferry schedule expands to include additional departures between Hingham and Hull to six islands.

All Boston Harbor Islands are open from morning until dusk in the summer. Various islands have abbreviated schedules during the spring and fall, and all of them are closed for winter.

For a unique overnight experience, camp on Bumpkin, Grape, Peddocks or Lovells islands. Reserve one of the limited sites online before your visit.

Although the parks don’t charge an admission fee, you are responsible for paying your ferry fare. Note that Boston Light tours charge a fee and campsites have a nightly reservation fee.

Boston Harbor Islands have unique wildlife habitats and are breeding grounds for migratory birds and other marine life. To minimize environmental disruption, do not bring bikes or pets to the islands.

Guide to Exploring Boston Harbor Islands State Park


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