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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...

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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A nice tour

My family did this over the weekend it was a nice day spent on the water. The guides were funny and informative, the coast guard and individuals on the island were great. Bring... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family did this over the weekend it was a nice day spent on the water. The guides were funny and informative, the coast guard and individuals on the island were great. Bring water and a snack, there's nothing on the boat. And if you don't walk up the lighthouse, you'll have lots of time to kill. My only complaint... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the morning tour of Boston Light. My 11 year old son and I learned so many things about the history of the harbor that I never knew. Really informational and enjoyable tour.

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Thank Willoky
Hingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Climb to top of 300yr old lighthouse for amazing view of all the harbor islands. Great boat trip to and from Little Brewster island - definitely worth the fee for this 3hr tour.

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Thank Kate02043
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Boat trip over to the Islands is great once you get there you can have a picknick and relax and read a book with the pretty view of the ocean, the children can spend hours in the old forts playing tag or hide-n-seek. The boat departs often usually on the hour every hour. It is mainly family's

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very reasonable ($17 a head) for a 45 minute boat ride to St. George's Island to tour the fort. The ride includes commentary from a guide describing history and the various islands. Our guide was very entertaining. The fort doesn't take too long to tour, and a lot of the hardware and furnishing that was once there is long gone,... More 

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Thank G F
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great way to spend an afternoon in Boston. The guide gives a great commentary of Boston Harbor and the surrounding islands/attractions on the trip out. The lighthouse and the island is rich in history and the views are incredible. The climb is fairly easy and well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I take a boat out every time I visit Boston. It is so relaxing and fun. It is beautiful out on the cool harbor. This is a wonderful place to visit with any age group. Staff is great and the islands are so clean. The boats are fun too!

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Chelmsford, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I hadn't seen a news article about the 300th anniversary of the Boston Light, I wouldn't have known that you can take a tour -- and I am SO glad we went. It was a fun half day; much cooler on the water than downtown. The guides on the boat were entertaining, and I learned new history I didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cruise was excellent. The only problem I had is I could not hear the staff member talking about all the different sites because there was a huge group of teenagers on board and they were talking and yelling and laughing the whole trip through so it made it very difficult to hear. Other then that the staff was very... More 

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Oakton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worthwhile family activity and a new way to see Boston, even for those who are already familiar with the city and its history. Met the rangers at the Boston Harbor Islands kiosk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Took 45 minute boat ride from New England Aquarium to Boston Light while listening to ranger's interesting account of the history of the... More 

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