Plan Your Visit

Young visitors run toward camera over a wooden footbridge.

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Begin your Islands Adventure!

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is a partnership park, bringing together federal, state, city, and nonprofit agencies to manage and protect a very unique and diverse environment. Please visit the Boston Harbor Islands organization website, BostonHarborIslands.org for the most up-to-date information about things to do, special events, and ferry schedules.

 
 
Visitors on a boat loot out at Boston Light on the right and lightkeeper's house on the left on Little Brewster Island
Visitors taking in the view of Boston Light on Little Brewster Island.

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Civil War Forts and Lighthouses

From helping mariners navigate the sea to defending Boston's shores, the Harbor Islands have a long and storied past for you to explore!

 
Young summer campers exploring a rocky beach for rocks and shells. A dock is in the background.
Exploring the beaches on Spectacle Island.

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Beaches and Boating, Hiking and Camping

As the largest open recreational space in eastern Massachusetts, there are many adventures that await you. The following pages have more information about what's in store and how to get there:

 
Mossy rocks jut from the harbor with seals sunning on top. Water fowl float nearby in the water.
Harbor seals near Graves light.

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Wildlife and Nature

Wildlife with wings, feet, flippers and fins all call Boston Harbor and the Islands their home. Not only are there ample birding and wildlife viewing opportunities out on Boston's harbor islands, but you can also lend your help through many stewardship and volunteer opportunities.

Last updated: July 6, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15 State Street
9th Floor

Boston, MA 02109

Phone:

(617) 223-8666

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