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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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“fort warren”(36 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
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All reviews georges island spectacle island fort warren boston harbor boat ride coast guard day trip light house lighthouse tour oldest lighthouse smaller islands national park long wharf bring a picnic lunch park service visitor center sunny day
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So much fun traveling across the harbor with our friends...I thought I was back in Lido! Beautiful fun trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Foodieman4
Reviewed 4 days ago

When the Boston Harbor Island boats are running, especially in the warm weather months and in the fall, don't miss out on an opportunity to explore the numerous islands in Boston Harbor. Tickets to take a ride are really affordable, and you will see the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kemurphy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful day to take a ferry around to different islands in the harbor. Very interesting history at the different forts in the area

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank smartieab
Reviewed December 13, 2018

A wonderful day spent shopping and dinning alon boston's waterfront while exploring ate freedom trail

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vacationer823517
Reviewed December 6, 2018

Traveled by private boat and the views were great. The joy was in the constant changing scenery as the boat moved about the harbor. The islands are so different from each other. Some have forts and lighthouses.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TomandMaryAnn
Reviewed November 14, 2018

If you find yourself in Boston, with time, and good weather, hop on a ferry and get out to one of the islands.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 403rayt
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The best vacations are often right around the corner from where you live. You don't have to go far for a good experience. Save money, save gas, take the family.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bostongolfers
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We traveled to George island when weather was threatening, it was a good find, glad it was dry as went on a free guided tour of the fort, would have been limiting if raining, the older guide was very knowledgable and shared so much with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MrsandMrHappy
Reviewed September 21, 2018

This once ignored set of beautiful islands are now quite an attraction but make sure you pick a sunny day to enjoy the nice setting and have a picnic. Once I got there I realized real quick that on a poor or marginal day this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Lots of things to see and guide was very interesting. It was a very nice day weather wise and the experience in the bay was so nice.

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 10, 2018|
Response from reginav314159 | Reviewed this property |
Because of the ferry schedule it's difficult to plan a short trip. I'd recommend George's island - head out in the morning, explore the fort (a highlight) and back in the afternoon. Unless you have your own boat and can... More
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Sorry - no Dogs allowed !
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Response from herbsdottir | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Best to check with the National Parks service Boston area. Know that there is a fun, spooky Halloween event on the island with the fortress very soon.