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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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Awesome experience!

I was late arriving because of logistical issues (my lack of knowledge) but got there just as they were lining up to board. The guides were knowledgeable, kind and entertaining!

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Oxford, Alabama
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Oxford, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I was late arriving because of logistical issues (my lack of knowledge) but got there just as they were lining up to board. The guides were knowledgeable, kind and entertaining!

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the time ! Pick a fair weather day, though ! Climb the light to get the full experience. It is just a light house - what more can we say ?

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Overcast day, warm - perfect for a boat ride from Boston to Brewster Island, about 45 minutes. Once there the routine is well planned out and executed by a small but efficient staff. Meeting the Light Keeper was very interesting, a way of life all but gone. The island itself is small enough to cover within the time you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The other reviewers have captured pretty much all I could say about this great tour/opportunity. The price was eminently reasonable for a 3 ½ hour narrated boat tour of the harbor islands, lots of great information, a unique opportunity to visit the last "manned" lighthouse in the U.S. and visit the top, see the lens and the amazing 360 degree... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a sunny day, low humidity, a slight breeze. The park rangers were informative and attentive. The Coast Guard folks were helpful. Sally the light keeper obviously enjoyed her job and other folks on the boat were friendly. Some brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed the views of the harbor while waiting to climb to the top. The climb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went on a tour of the Boston Harbor Lighthouse on our honeymoon. It was one of the best things we did in Boston. We had the most perfect weather for it too... We took a boat ride with National Park Service staff who talked about the history of the islands on the ride to Little Brewster... More 

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Thank Kathleen M
New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrific. Beautiful vistas with a piece of history. National Park Rangers, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI) volunteers were welcoming and full of knowledge. We had lighthouse climbers and non-climbers in our group - no one was disappointed. We brought a picnic lunch and having clean picnic tables on the island was a plus.

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Hampden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great tour to Boston Harbor Light, oldest lighthouse in the country. Very organized. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Great lighthouse keeper and husband. Plenty of time on the island, not rushed. Great narrated boat ride. Take it if at all possible.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

interesting historical visit to the oldest lighthouse location in US. National park members were quite engaging and truly interested in sharing their expertise with visitors. Be sure to ask questions as info is scattered throughout island, such as shipwrecks in the area, and the power, design and use of the Fresnel lens (that alone worth the trip). A three hour... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With Boston Light celebration a 300 year birthday it was a great time to visit. We took a boat from Boston. The 2 rangers were pleasant and informative. The lighthouse keeper, Sally Snowman's was dressed in period costume and she obviously loves her job. The view from the island itself is great and even better from the top of the... More 

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