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George's Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
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Ranked #32 of 206 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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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
67 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

I grew up in the Boston area but had never been to the harbor islands. Took my kids to George's island today and we had a blast. I had no idea how big the fort was and how much there is to explore. We only set aside an hour to see the fort, which wasn't enough time. Can't wait to... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It has been an incredibly hot and humid Boston summer, and getting on a boat, out on the water to explore the Boston Harbor Islands was a huge relief. We relished the twenty degree drop in temps at Georges Island. The Harbor Islands are a relatively new National Park, and they are chock full of history. We only ventured to... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The island provides great vistas and an interesting educational experience. One challenge is getting to and from the island. The ferry is efficient but can be a bit crowded on weekends, making scheduling a tad less flexible. As is par for the course, the cost for parking downtown can get expensive. I would encourage mass transit, but check for delays... More

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Boston and...
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

...that should be for longer than most people can spend. Explanation: The ferry service's last return is about 5 PM -- in the summer! If you have your own boat, no problem. (No one can sleep over.) Anyway, it's big enough to take hours to explore, and historic enough to be worth researching a little bit before going, to give... More

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The boat trip out here takes around 30 minutes and there are beautiful views. There's also a nice breeze that we welcomed. There's a small visitor's centre on the island and we watched the short but informative movie before touring around the fort. There are interesting and dark rooms to wander around and from the top of the fort there... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

You start with a very pleasant boat trip; it really is an island, no bridges, then a well preserved and fascinating fort with a great deal of history, a civil war prison, for one thing. It is huge and has spectacular views and if you have children that are more interested in running than in history there's lots of grass... More

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