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“Go to George's Island!”

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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$30.39*
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
Ranked #16 of 400 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place is pretty cool. It's an old fort and fun for kids to run around inside and on the grounds. It also offers amazing views of Boston and for a fairly cheap price, you take the ferry and get to see Boston from the harbor. Another Boston Must-See!

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

If you don't mind tent camping and roughing it, you'll love this location in the summer for a few nights!

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a hidden gem in Boston. Who knew that there is a national park in the harbor? The boat ride to the island(s) is great and provides some unbeatable views of Boston. The islands themselves provide a completely different experience than Boston. We spent a great day on the islands, enjoyed the boat ride, and enjoyed some great hikes away from any crowds.
Highly recommended...if you have a beautiful summer/fall day.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Well worth the boat trip out and a quick walk around this small rehabilitated island. In the low season, bring your own snacks and drinks.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Visited both Boston Light and George's Island on perfect late summer days.

Boston Light is a must-see for any lighthouse lover, as it was America's first lighthouse. The current keeper is the first woman keeper and greets visitors in Colonial period dress. All the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. The view from the top of the tower is fabulous on a clear day and worth the climb. There are a couple of other artifacts and a small, rocky beach. There is no food available so bring your own for an enjoyable picnic after you climb the tower.

George's Island contains Fort Warren, a Civil War era fort and prison. It is mostly abandoned and open, and a delight for photographers. There are also two small beaches, a small museum and the Summer Shack for food (burgers, lobster rolls, etc., but pretty limited since they have to ferry supplies out there.). There are 2 picnic pavilions and plenty of tables if you bring your own food. A great day out if you just want to wander around an abandoned fort or sit on a quiet beach. I suggest bringing a flashlight as some passageways are pretty dark. There are family packages and scheduled tours and activities as well.

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