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“One of 10 best island harbors in the world.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-223-8666
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
Ranked #28 of 420 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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“One of 10 best island harbors in the world.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

One of 10 best island harbors in the world. And the harbor islands are part of that history. So much. Enjoy.

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“Lighthouse tour is a great trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Did the harbor light cruise and it was a very well run tour. You get to see many of th eislands as you trvale out the the lighthouse. Then you climb up the the lens in groups of 4 - 6 people as there is only a small area at the top. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views.

Visited September 2012
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“George's Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I didn't realize there were so many islands in Boston's harbor. Took the time to catch the ferry out to George's Island to see an old fort from the revolutionary war era. Fort Warren has been around for about 200 years until it closed after WW2. If you're a history buff it's a great place to visit. Views of Boston, other islands, particularly the light house on Little Brewster Island are amazing.

Visited September 2012
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“Forts, Lighthouses, Picnics, and Ocean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Pack a lunch; enjoy the ocean and the view of the Boston Skyline from the Ocean. Lots to see and enjoy on all of the Islands.

Visited June 2012
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“Its after Labor Day, don't forget an Island Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is the hidden jewel of Boston's summer. Take the ferry to Georges Island, Stay there and explore the fort, swim, bring a picnic or enjoy Summer Shack offerings. If you are adventurous get on a tender boat to the other islands. Each one is different. All offer gorgeous views of the Boston skyline. Its not hard to believe that you're far away, even though so close to the city. The cool breeze is great on a hot day. If you have your own boat, some of the islands have dock facilities available for your boat.

Stop at the Island information Center on the Greenway for tix and info. If you are south of the city, there are ferries from Quincy Shipyard and Hingham Shipyard to those islands and others

As a native, I've done most of the tours. This is one trip I will never tire of and plan for every year,

Visited August 2012
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