Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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  • Address: 15 State Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02109, United States
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  • Timings: 08:30 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6172238666
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Island, Hiking Trail, Entertainment, Adventure, Adults
Tickets From $32.33

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area features 34 small islands where you can explore the beauty of nature and enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, and a lot more. You could also take lighthouse tours here. Fort Warren, a landmark of the Civil war stands on Gorge’s island. Visit these islands with family and friends and unleash the hidden beauty of Boston.  You could also go on a harbor ferry ride on a visit here.

How to Reach Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

  • Ferry: From Long Wharf

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  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Address: 15 State Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02109, United States
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Contact Number: +1-6172238666
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Timing: 08:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 2.3% of people who visit Boston include Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area in their plan

  • 61.11% of people start their Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

People normally club together Quincy Market and Escape Room while planning their visit to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Reviews & Ratings

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  • We visited George's Island. They have Fort Warren there. It was very interesting. They have a few runs during the day, as well as guided tours. You can also amble around on your own if you want. There is a visitors center where you can see information on the history of the fort, and a brief video. There are restrooms there as well. There is a rule that whatever you bring to the island, you take when you leave. There are no garbage barrels there. You also should bring food and beverages, as there are none on the island. You may purchase beverages and snacks on the boat going there. Definitely worth going. There are a bunch of islands but you would have to start early to see more than one. Check them out!

  • I went to Spectacle and Georges during this visit on a hot July Saturday. The ferry from Long Wharf to Spectacle took about 15 minutes. Spectacle has great walking trails and a guarded beach along with changing rooms. The visitor center houses some information on the island’s varied history along with a sea glass mural, made with items found on the beach. Photos can be taken of the sea glass and pottery but must not be removed from island. The vistas of the Boston Harbor waterfront area are great from the hiking trails as well as the beach and dock.

  • Great for a one day outing. Good quality time with a slice of history. St George's fort is great. Amazing views of Boston from spectacle island.

  • One ticket on the ferry will allow you to go from island to island for a day. We chose to visit Georges Island (home to a civil war-era fort with lots of passage to explore, ample picnic tables) and Spectacle Island (small beach, gorgeous overlooks of the city). There happened to be live jazz playing at Spectacle Island’s Visitor Center when I was there so check to the schedule to see if any events are planned beforehand. Both islands had snack bars but I’d recommend packing a picnic!

  • This is one of Boston's little known gems. It's possible, even easy, to take a short boat trip from Boston to the harbor islands and enjoy a scenic ride, spectacular views, and a quick island visit. It's a great family trip on a nice day and something totally different. Pack a lunch and go explore!

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