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“Fort Warren's History”
Review of George's Island

George's Island
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$104.67*
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Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise
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$72.00*
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2.5-hour Boston Harbor Cruise with Brunch
Ranked #79 of 400 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: The largest of the Boston Harbor Islands is a great spot for hiking and exploring.
Reviewed July 24, 2013

It has been an incredibly hot and humid Boston summer, and getting on a boat, out on the water to explore the Boston Harbor Islands was a huge relief. We relished the twenty degree drop in temps at Georges Island. The Harbor Islands are a relatively new National Park, and they are chock full of history. We only ventured to George's Island to explore Fort Warren. Fort Warren is approximately 90% of the entire island, and the ultimate adult fort. It was used during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI and WWII. It took us approximately 2 hours to venture around the entire fort. There is a guided tour option given by the Park Ranger, which lasts about 90 minutes. It is definitely worth the history lesson.

2  Thank Denise K
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The island provides great vistas and an interesting educational experience. One challenge is getting to and from the island. The ferry is efficient but can be a bit crowded on weekends, making scheduling a tad less flexible. As is par for the course, the cost for parking downtown can get expensive. I would encourage mass transit, but check for delays and construction delays, especially on weekends.

2  Thank RobertD807
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

...that should be for longer than most people can spend. Explanation: The ferry service's last return is about 5 PM -- in the summer! If you have your own boat, no problem. (No one can sleep over.)

Anyway, it's big enough to take hours to explore, and historic enough to be worth researching a little bit before going, to give it that "third dimension". There's a fort that has had multiple uses over the last two centuries, including a prison, and actually acquired a ghost. There's a museum that authentically, professionally represents what life was like for various types of occupants over the years. There's fishing (BYO tackle). There's a walk-up food place operated by a Boston seafood restaurant company with food that's a cut above normal such fare. And there are events such as period plays and concerts.

Perhaps best of all, to this reviewer, it can be one of the only fresh locations in the Boston area on a hot, humid mid-summer day.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The boat trip out here takes around 30 minutes and there are beautiful views. There's also a nice breeze that we welcomed. There's a small visitor's centre on the island and we watched the short but informative movie before touring around the fort. There are interesting and dark rooms to wander around and from the top of the fort there are spectacular views. We only stopped by here for an hour before going over to Spectacle Island. It was long enough to see the fort but I wouldn't have minded having a little longer and there are several nice spots to have a picnic.

Thank Catriona C
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

You start with a very pleasant boat trip; it really is an island, no bridges, then a well preserved and fascinating fort with a great deal of history, a civil war prison, for one thing. It is huge and has spectacular views and if you have children that are more interested in running than in history there's lots of grass and nooks and crannies to run around and hide in.

3  Thank LNS72
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