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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
+1 617-223-8666
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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
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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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  • Average3%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110-3719
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+1 617-223-8666
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"georges island"
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"spectacle island"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were visiting on business but were fortunate enough to have friends with a boat that took us out in the harbor for a great afternoon! The inner harbor is very busy so you need to know what you're doing if you're skippering your own...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This stop is worth every bit of time needed. Get to see the city of Boston from a completely different view point. At the same time, the water provides a great way to slow yourself down from the other wise busy time in the city.

2  Thank T P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to avail yourself of the info here You better be on foot Absolutely no where to pull over to make a quick stop for info Strictly set up for the tourist on foot

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Take the ferry ride to the islands,about 45 minutes, relax your feet, and get ready to explore. You can walk around the uninhabited land, and still see the the Boston skyline in the distance.

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Took the harbour cruise from next to the aquarium. In stops at the old Navy yard but we just stayed on for the great views of Boston

1  Thank cottaa14
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Boston's a great city! Really! But once you've been out to these islands, you get such a broader perspective of what this city and this region is all about. The water, the commerce, the natural beauty...even the history, all come alive as you walk these...More

4  Thank Bill K
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Reviewed December 30, 2017

great fields of recreation, when the weather is on your side you will find lots of ideas to spend time and relax

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Reviewed December 20, 2017

It was very busy place. We took a cruise which was good .From cruise you can see Boston skyline and beautiful view of Boston. once you should take this experience.

1  Thank Nilima C
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

The individual islands are well worth a stroll, although they can be quite busy in summer (well, as busy as the central area of an accessible National Park usually is). One of the most enjoyable parts of the day was taking the ferry to hop...More

3  Thank Dalkeith1
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

The Boston Harbor Islands ... see the different islands, camp, hike, boat... so many choices! Start with a ferry boat ride... it's all your own experience, so choose!

1  Thank 145maine
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patriciaide2016
April 2, 2018|
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Sorry - no Dogs allowed !
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Caitlin F
October 19, 2017|
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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.
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Response from djfurlong | Reviewed this property |
But do take advantage of the ferry to Charlestown to see old Ironsides and get a view of Boston Harbor
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