Little Brewster Island and Lighthouse

Little Brewster Island and Lighthouse

Little Brewster Island and Lighthouse
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Voyage through maritime history with a special three-lighthouse tour featuring close-up views of Long Island Light, Graves Light, and Boston Light – America’s first light station. Delve into history as you travel to the edge of Boston Harbor on an exciting 2-hour cruise and encounter three iconic lighthouses, and enjoy onboard narration provided by Boston Harbor Islands park staff and volunteers from the United States Coast Guard. Learn about the maritime traditions of Boston Harbor, enjoy unforgettable views of the park and city, and experience one of the most unique and historically significant ports in the country.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
The three hour excursion was a welcome addition to the little trips that we like to take. The trip is at a relaxed pace, but with a lot of history, and includes ample time to spend on the island. The National Park Rangers were all amazing. From the time we started at the dock, all the way to the end, all of them were involved in ensuring that we were well informed about the Lighthouse and its surroundings. The staff was very impressive, friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable.
When we reached the island, we were greeted by the woman lighthouse keeper, and other staff. It was clear that they were all passionate about their jobs.Their positive attitude was contagious.
The climb up to the Lighthouse top is only about 75 steps, but the trek up the narrow ladder high up can be precarious if you do not have the right type of shoes.The working fresnel lens is fantastic at close range, although it can get pretty hot up there in the narrow space.
The little island is still managed by the US Coast Guard.
All in all a fun and educational trip. Would definitely recommend it to people who like lighthouses and history.
Written September 5, 2013
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beachbumLongIsland
Sound Beach, NY40 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
There are many tour companies that can take you out into Boston Harbor, but you don't want to miss the opportunity to climb the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island. Brown Paper Tickets is where you want to buy your tickets at a price of $39.00. You will find the check-in across the street at a US Parks Service booth. A US Ranger will direct you to the boat that will travel about 45 minutes each way to the island. Luckily we had a beautiful day. You have 1 1/2 hours to spend on the island which is more than enough time to climb the lighthouse and explore the island. There are no services on the island, but there is a working "head" on the boat. The view from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular and you get up close to the 2nd order fresnel lens. I highly recommend this adventure when you visit Boston.
Written July 1, 2013
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CommissionerGordon
Boston, MA61 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Where else can you go to the top of a working lighthouse? Pick a nice day, bring a lunch and book early. It is a bit of an effort but a must for anyone that appreciates a lighthouse and the sea!
Written March 7, 2014
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Bethany S
Elgin994 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The Little Brewster Island Tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Boston. The tour lets you experience a part of Boston history that you can't get from being in the city. You start by meeting near the harbor and heading out on an enjoyable boat ride. During the ride they give you information on all the islands and history you pass. After arriving on the island, you are greeted by the lighthouse keeper and given a brief introduction. From there small groups go up the lighthouse at a time, while the others have time to explore the rest of the island. It was really a wonderful experience and I highly recommended taking the time to go on it.
Written October 21, 2013
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indikanegril
Negril, Jamaica112 contributions
Jul 2011 • Friends
spectacular lighthouse and setting on a tiny island out in the middle of boston harbor. A few times during the summer the MA DCR has a boat that leaveS from the Hull ferry dock and the lighthouse is open to climb up and see the hundreds of year old amazing lens. the islnad itself is fun with all kinds of tide pools to explore, lobster traps off in the distance and fisherman hugging the shoals off the island. usually the light keepers dogs are there as well for great photo ops...
Written April 12, 2012
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,349 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
Really liked this tour, I love lighthouses and this was a must for my 1st time in Boston. Definitely book this tour ahead of time though to make sure you get the day and time you want, that's a must! The lighthouse is out in the middle of the bay, it is just a beauty and you can climb with an additional fee, operated by the Boston Park Service, they give an entertaining talk about the history behind the manned lighthouse and a commentary on the boat going over. A must if you love lighthouses!
Written January 17, 2014
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MomPuffin
Boston, MA31 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
This site might not interest the Landlubber, but its hearty jaunt for the lucky few who plan ahead for the "rare opportunity" to snag a ticket to visit the Lighthouse, which is open only a few months of the year. (? check www.BostonHarborIslands.gov) for schedules.
Four of adults and two pre-teens went out one happy day with picnic tote because no food is sold on the island (perhaps on the boat). Well dressed for the water's chill even in August, we fared better than other travelers in shorts and t-shirts. The ride was fun, and the little museum had informational materials. The climb up the Lighthouse was fun. There was a challenge however for those unsteady; one has to climb the last dozen or so "stairs' in hand-over-hand outside ladders to the light itself. One of our group declined.
It was simply amazing being up at the great Light itself, a full wall of glass behind one for a 360º view of the harbor, the islands and the city's silhouette. beyond. The giant mirrored lens revolved on a slow moving floor leaving small groups at a time mindful of our steps.
Equal to the workings of the lights itself of course is the ride across the harbor. Our return was the on the last boat, the winds had picked up and the waters choppier. Two of us--one a man unknown to me and I a woman, held our positions like figureheads taking the full froth and foam, drenched and laughing throughout! A FANTASTIC and most memorable outing! The tours are restricted so do your research beforehand!
Written August 30, 2013
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NYBrownsFan
Pine Plains, NY187 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
The boat ride out to the lighthouse is beautiful and you learn a lot about the other islands.

Little Brewster Island is lovely. The lighthouse is very well kept up. All the guides were very friendly and had a lot of great information on the history and the nature of the island.

The climb to the top of the lighthouse is not that strenuous and absolutely a must. The views and getting to see the lens that is quite a treasure.

Even if you don't think you can make the climb the boat ride is worth it and you get to see the beautiful lighthouse up close.
Written September 13, 2012
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Abby B
Des Moines, IA109 contributions
Jul 2011 • Friends
We went on the Boston Light Tour and it was wonderful. The day was overcast and rainy, but it did not hamper the fun. Great tour guides, fun boat ride, and amazing views from the light house. We rode the boat out/back for 35 minutes and spent 90 minutes on the island. While 90 minutes was a bit too much time on such a small island, it was well worth it to climb the beautiful light house. I would highly recommend this tour!
Written August 1, 2011
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Windygnf
Sarasota, Florida660 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
I love everything about lighthouses, so I jumped at the chance to visit and climb the oldest "manned" lighthouse in the country. Ironically, the lighthouse keeper is a woman!! The 3 hour tour sponsored by the park service runs twice a day Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June through September. It's about a 45 minute ride out on a boat with a park ranger narrating, then 1 1/2 hours on Little Brewster Island and a quiet ride back. Groups of 8 at a time can climb into the light - 76 steps up a spiral staircase and two ladders to a spectacular view. Lots of Coast Guard personnel and volunteers around to answer questions. Recommend to all.
Written September 14, 2013
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