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George's Island

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George's Island

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Explorer693511 wrote a review Nov 2019
22 contributions2 helpful votes
George's Island wasn't what I expected. I don't feel like the other reviews really capture this place. The island is pretty much made up entirely of a huge, abandoned old fort. Once you're dropped off by the ferry, you're stuck there for a couple of hours. The visitor center doesn't have much - a brief overview only, and it's good for maybe 10-15 minutes. Then what? You need to go exploring and wandering around on your own through dark, spooky tunnels. Open up doors to unexpected creepy old rooms that almost seem haunted. Take unusual photos with interesting lighting and peeling paint. Jump out and frighten your significant other to make them scream. We went in October, and the island was almost deserted. There were only 20 of us on the ferry, and then we all scattered in our own directions. You really don't want to miss that last ferry and get stuck on the island. Even the few park rangers leave at night.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Martha P wrote a review Sep 2019
19 contributions4 helpful votes
This was quite a trip - relaxing boat ride out to the island followed by several hours touring the fort. You do need to be careful walking inside the fort as many places are quite dark so a small compact fashlight is recommended. There is a food shack right off the pier thats serves great food or you can pack a fmmaily picnic and enjoy the views of Boston Harbor
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Date of experience: October 2018
BlueDevilOKC wrote a review Sep 2019
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma821 contributions244 helpful votes
We took the ferry and visited Georges Island. It was a beautiful August day, and both the boat ride and the time on the islands was a welcome change from the urban hustle and bustle of Boston. We traveled with four kids - ages 5 to 11. The fort on Georges Island is well worth exploring. The visitor center provides a great overview and introduction. The fort itself has many hidden staircases perfect for exploring and a wide open parade ground perfect for running and playing. Our kids really enjoyed the fort.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Lauren R wrote a review Aug 2019
Palmer, Massachusetts92 contributions21 helpful votes
The cruise over was nice. The boat had select food and drink aboard. The island was very clean and a fun place to walk around and pushing a stroller was pretty easy. I definitely suggest bringing a picnic lunch. The island has a very small menu for food. You can explore many of the rooms and walk up many different staircases. There is a tunnel you can go through. It was a very fun place for my 1.5 year old too along with his grandparents.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Ron-Dianne wrote a review Aug 2019
Reading, Massachusetts138 contributions86 helpful votes
Beautiful day, packed a lunch and set out for a 40 minute ride out to George's. After the Visitor's Center, we took our time exploring the fort, Fort Warren. There are many rooms to explore from the inside of the fort with information signs to give an idea of how the space was used. The fort takes up most of the island so it's pretty sizeable. You can walk on top of most of the ramparts and in many areas there are great views of the harbor. There are many picnic tables, comfortable Adirondack plastic chairs, and even a few hammocks scattered around the island. There is a snack bar, but bring your lunch and have a great picnic and extend your stay. On weekdays, Boston Harbor Cruises take you there on the even hours and back to Long Wharf on the odd numbered hours on weekdays. Check their website for more info. Don't forget, this trip may be covered by a two for one pass through your public library.
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Date of experience: August 2019