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George's Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
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Ranked #22 of 212 Attractions in Boston
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Type: Islands, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: The largest of the Boston Harbor Islands is a great spot for hiking and exploring.
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Chicago IL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend this hiking trip. Wear comfortable shoes to walk and climb the Fort Warren. Excellent food at the outdoor "mess hall". No trash island so what you bring in you must take out with you. Great for all ages though wheelchair access limited as it is a preserved fort. Be careful with children as there are many dangerous spots... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our 9 y/o daughter didn't enjoy it so much. If you have kids that like to explore, it is a must-do. Great views of Boston and the trip out was very enjoyable.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The boat trip out is interesting and then there is a big fort to explore too, much bigger than I expected! There are organised tours and activities for younger children, and a fort-shaped play house that was popular too. We went mid-week in August and it was very busy with well-behaved organised youth groups as it is educational and fun.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The fort on the island isn't highly maintained, so wear something slightly more sturdy than flip flops when visiting, if you'd like to explore. I also recommend a flashlight (stronger than your phone), where some areas of the fort plunge into pitch black darkness. This is quite creepy and definitely awakened my itch to explore! If you're looking to entertain... More

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Walpole, MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Got a lot of sun today out on George's island - it was so much fun! The ferry ride was about 40 minutes and a great part of the whole adventure. On the way to the island some of the history of the islands and Boston was given and it was interesting even for folks that are from the area.... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Fort Warren is full of dark passageways, hidden staircases, and secret rooms that visitors can explore on their own. Once you hear the story of the Lady in Black, you'll expect to see her around every corner! The interpreters are friendly, but not intrusive. Gorgeous views of the harbour from here, including Boston Light. A great family outing. Once you... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was an incredible day! After a 45 minute ferry ride, we arrived at the island in the morning and spend about two hours exploring. My favorite aspect was the freedom to explore. As long as an area was not blocked off, you could explore there! Bring a flashlight, because youll need it! Tons of fun and great pictures!

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Worcester, MA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

we went to Georges Island last weekend and had a really great time. The ferry was comfortable and relaxing and the captain delivered interesting, historical commentary along the way. we walked through the visitor center at the dock to learn the history of Fort Warren which is situated on Georges island (very informative) and then explored the fort both inside... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Georges Island is a great little day trip. My favorite part was taking the ferry there. I have always loved the fort at Castle Island, however, you may only access the fort during a guided tour on limited days. At GI you have the freedom to roam free and explore the fort and the grounds. Guided tours are offered but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We took the boat to George's Island via Spectacle Island. It was about a 50 minute trip with the stop at spectacle. Informative narration was provided during the trip out which I highly enjoyed. We didn't do much exploring, instead choosing to take advantage of the lounge chairs and watching the boats go by. Know that there is no swimming... More

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