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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...more
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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
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.
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
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
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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
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 sail directly to Lovell, I would not recommend the beaches on the Harbor islands for swimming. Georges and Spectacle each have nice places to sit and enjoy the view, but they're more like city parks than island getaways.
I personally do not like Spectacle Island - I like shade and don't enjoy baking. Spectacle Island seems to be heated from within - who knows maybe there's some interesting chemistry going on there. The only time I'd recommend going is on the last few ferries of the Season in the Fall. If you can time a visit to match up with the Monarch butterfly migration, then it's worth a visit.