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“Best Kept Secret in Boston”

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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US$30.39*
and up
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 1 February 2014

On a hot day, the Harbor Islands are the best---a cooling boat ride, a great view of the city, and if one takes a shuttle from Georges Island, you can get on one of the best beaches around on Lovell's Island. You can also stay overnight and see the sunrise as camping is allowed on Lovell's, and some of the other islands. Spectacle also has a beach, but no camping.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Had the opportunity to take a guided tour by boat throughout the islands in Boston Harbor on a picture perfect weather day. Tour included light houses on the islands (one was even for sale to the public). You pass Long Island Head Light and Deer Island Light, Boston Light, which we were told is the oldest lighthouse station in America. Next (& not in this order) is Graves, Marblehead, Eastern and Baker’s. (There are others but I don't recall all their names.) Something not to miss after you've done the Freedom Trail and other sites in Boston. You can also take a separate trip and plan a picnic at one of the harbor islands. Great time!!

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

There are many and various areas in which one can switch off, relax within the Boston area in which I have visited at least once a year, visiting my son his wife and children, such places as the National Park in one of these, there are great activities and a sence of relaxation once one arrive in these areas, there would appear to have been a lot of thought and effort put in to enhance its surroundings.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We had a nice visit, but go early if you want to see more than one island. Georges Island is historical (if small), Spectacle Island is good for a longer nature hike. Make sure you take all refuse you create off the islands with you.

2  Thank Menachem90435
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Take a ferry to the islands and hike on them. Explore the remains of forts and learn about the history of the islands. View the skyline of Boston, the boats in the water and the planes overhead.

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