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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...more
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This tour is done by the National Park Service. Thus credible information and none of jokes and funnies that are so typical of commercial tours. Our group was fascinated by the history of and the islands and lighthouses in this storied harbor. Of course, cruising...More
The captain wanted a show of "hands" to see if we would continue on to see Graves Lighthouse because the water was slightly rocky and small waves were coming. Of course we all said "yes." I think he would have turned back and disappointed us...We...More
We took the ferry and visited Spectacle and Georges Islands. It was a beautiful August day, and both the boat ride and the time on the islands was a welcome change from the urban hustle and bustle of Boston. We traveled with four kids -...More
The lighthouse tour was a fun and informative tour. The seats on the upper deck were behind the wheelhouse, which made a little it hard to see, but other than that it was perfect. The tour guides were top notch and friendly.
I first caught the ferry to Spectacle Island and later took the inter-island ferry to Georges Island before returning to Boston. I wish that I had had more time to explore these and the other islands further.
I thought the $20 cost of the ferry,...More
My wife and I went on this cruise and it was awesome. We love learning about the lighthouses and other historical things. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. There were also volunteers from the coast guard auxiliary and the historical society along to...More
The Harbor Island Tour that includes the lighthouses is a pleasant, relaxing experience, staffed by knowledgeable that enhance the journey and provide details that lend history and context to the tour. It also provides a different perspective of Boston that you just don't see from...More
I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life, and only recently heard about the harbor islands. Most people, when visiting Boston probably prefer to spend their days walking the freedom trail, exploring a museum or two and dining in the North End. An escape to the...More
While we were in town to pick our daughter up from the airport, we made a small vacation out if our trip to Boston. Georges Island us historic and an escape from the bug city. It was awesome to walk around the fort and the...More
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Because of the ferry schedule it's difficult to plan a short trip. I'd recommend George's island - head out in the morning, explore the fort (a highlight) and back in the afternoon. Unless you have your own boat and can... More
Because of the ferry schedule it's difficult to plan a short trip. I'd recommend George's island - head out in the morning, explore the fort (a highlight) and back in the afternoon. Unless you have your own boat and can sail directly to Lovell, I would not recommend the beaches on the Harbor islands for swimming. Georges and Spectacle each have nice places to sit and enjoy the view, but they're more like city parks than island getaways.
I personally do not like Spectacle Island - I like shade and don't enjoy baking. Spectacle Island seems to be heated from within - who knows maybe there's some interesting chemistry going on there. The only time I'd recommend going is on the last few ferries of the Season in the Fall. If you can time a visit to match up with the Monarch butterfly migration, then it's worth a visit.