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George's Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
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Ranked #24 of 208 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
84 helpful votes 84 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
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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Canton, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Last summer I explored Spectacle and George's Island with two of my family members who had recently moved to the Boston area. We were delighted with these two islands and the fun they could provide on a weekend away from work, exploring, walking, reading, or just picnicking. George's Island contains some interesting facts for those who enjoy history. For those... More

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Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
68 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

George's Island is a find in the middle of Boston Harbor. A 40 minute cruise from the Wharf area. There are beautiful city, airport and planes taking off overhead, and island views along the way. Newly spruced up picnic area, beautiful grassy greens, and views of the harbor in four directions. Bring a picnic. Off season the concessions are closed.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This review is based on the Groupon price of $15 for two of us. But I would still recommend if we had paid $15 each. We used Boston's Best Cruises which leaves from Long Wharf right near the Aquarium. It was about a 35 minute ride (including the stop to drop people off at Spectacle Island). It's a nice trip... More

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

You have freedom to go wherever you like but watch it with kids as not much is blocked off and it seemed dangerous to me.

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Plainville, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Boston is full of surprises and the Harbor islands I have to say is one of the great ones. I went with a few friends to on a Saturday. To get to the island you take the ferry from Long wharf in the North end. The boat to the island was quick, only about 15-20 minutes. You get amazing views... More

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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187 reviews 187 reviews
76 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We brought along a 6 yr old to this island since they was plenty of room for her to room while we walked around and learned abt the history. They do offer guided tours, which I didn't learn until I was leaving. By 2pm the diner was running out of food. The gift shop closes by or bef 4, usually.... More

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