Fodor's Expert Review Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Comprising 34 tiny islands and peninsulas, this is one of the city's best hidden gems—and it's literally out of sight. Stretching from South Boston (Castle Island) to the coastlines of South Shore towns Hingham and Hull, each island is different, but most feature abundant nature with miles of lightly traveled trails, shoreline, sea life and wild plants. The focal point of the national park is 39-acre Georges Island and its partially restored pre–Civil War Fort Warren that once held Confederate prisoners. Other islands worth visiting include Peddocks Island, which holds the remains of Ft. Andrews, and Spectacle Island, a popular destination for swimming (with lifeguards). Lovells, Peddocks, Grape, and Bumpkin islands all allow camping with a permit, from late June through Labor Day. Pets and alcohol are not allowed on the Harbor Islands. Ferries shuttle visitors from Boston to Georges and Spectacle islands daily during summer months. Plan to spend a whole day exploring!

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191 W. Atlantic Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts  02110, USA


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