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“Under-rated and often missed”

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Ranked #17 of 396 things to do in Boston
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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.
Stillwater, Minnesota
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Under-rated and often missed”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Boston Harbor Islands Natl Park offers some unusual, family-friendly and good value programs. We took the Harbor Light cruise in June, out to the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island. Wonderful harbor cruise, interesting commentary on the history of the harbor and other islands. Amazing opportunity to climb the oldest lighthouse and stand next to the lens.

Visited June 2013
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“So close yet so "far away!"”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have been to the Boston Harbor Islands on numerous occasions, and the price is right! On a dozen occasions with my Summer Camp, I have stayed overnight on different islands. It all started with the trip to George's Island then the water-taxi to the respective islands. There is often a warden on the island for the Summer. We then just reverse the process to get back to Boston. A historic, educational, environmental, biological trip all wrapped into one.

On one occasion we got to one of the islands with a private vessel. There is a landing to get on and off the island and the vessel then anchors just off the coast.

Also great trips just to George's Island but no overnights on that island.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Localandloveit
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“River trip”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The river trip was great and an opportunity to see the City from a different aspect. It was worth getting off at Charlestown to take the walk up to Bunker Hill. We were then able to catch another boat back to where we started.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Summer Day outing”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Experience Boston in another way - see it from the ocean. Spectacle island has a beach and a nice hiking path. It also has some intersting artefacts at the pavillion.

Visited July 2012
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Chestnut Hill, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Another Hidden Gem - Rainsford Island”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Boston Harbor Islands National Park consists of 34 islands. Many of the islands can be visited by regular ferry service, and have visitors centers, campsites, etc. Rainsford Island has none of these - you can visit if you have your own boat, or by trips run by such organizations as Friends of Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI.org). A trip to Rainsford on a crisp spring or autumn day is something special. The intense quiet of an island can almost take your breath away.

Visited May 2013
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