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15 State Street
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

There are many ways to enjoy Boston Harbor Islands and many ways to get there. For more information on how to get to the park by ferry, car, or private boat, please visit

Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands is a Partnership park. Operating hours and seasons vary. Visit to plan your trip.

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The Boston Harbor Islands have a humid maritime climate characterized by slightly cooler temperatures than the mainland, so dress in layers. Typical summer conditions feature air temperatures approximately 5-10 degrees cooler than the mainland between 60-80 Fahrenheit, winds of 0-15 knots and waves of 1-3 feet.

Entrance Fees:

Fees and Reservations Vary - $0.00

Boston Harbor Islands is a Partnership park; fees and reservations vary. The park does not charge an admission fee, but a transportation fee applies for the public ferry. Reservations are recommended. Please note that National Park Land Passes do not cover transportation fees. Visit to plan your trip.


Located just minutes from downtown Boston, the Boston Harbor Islands includes 34 islands and peninsulas spread over 50 square miles. Working with city, state, federal and nonprofit partners, the park is a place where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking, or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston.

The hub islands - Georges and Spectacle - offer a world class experience complete with hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretative walks, recreational programs, concessions and state of the art visitor centers. The more rustic islands - Peddocks, Bumpkin, Grape and Lovells - provide camping adventures that offer a unique experience for locals and visitors to the Boston area. Thompson Island is open to the public via park boats on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Allow at least a half day to see one island and a day to see more.Georges, Spectacle, and Peddocks Island have fresh water and restrooms, while Lovells, Bumpkin, and Grape island have composting toilets.. There are no trash receptacles;please pack out what you pack in.

A visit to the Boston Harbor Islands is an opportunity to play, learn, serve and work within the largest recreational open space in the Boston area.

Last updated: March 7, 2016

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Mailing Address:

15 State Street
11th Floor

Boston, MA 02109


(617) 223-8666

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