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Things To Do

As the largest recreational open space in eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands offer a wide variety of fun activities and once in a lifetime opportunities. Whether this is your first trip or your 100th, all are welcome and there is always something new for you to do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there lodging in the park?

Campsites are the only overnight accommodations within the park. Visitor accommodations are abundant in the Greater Boston area.  Contact the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau ( for information about the 250 hotels, B&Bs, and guest houses in the region.  Call 888-SEE-BOSTON (888-733-2678).  Groups interested in having a conference or retreat at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center can stay in a newly renovated hotel-style dormitory or in tents.

Where are the bathrooms?

Passenger ferries running from Boston to Georges and Spectacle and from Quincy to Georges are equipped with bathrooms.  There are toilet facilities at each of the islands served by ferry or shuttle service (Georges, Spectacle, Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, Lovells, and Thompson Islands).  Bathrooms are not available on Little Brewster Island or on the Inter-Island Shuttles.

Are there rain shelters on the islands?

Georges Island offers covered picnic areas and covered areas within Fort Warren.  There are also a few shelters and a tent on Spectacle Island.  Peddocks island has inside space at the visitor center.  Other islands have minimal, or in some cases no, structures with adequate rain protection, so be sure to check the weather.

Can I fish at the Boston Harbor Islands?

Yes, as long as it is away from boaters and swimmers.  If you are age 16 or over, you must have a MA, NH, RI, or CT fishing permit.      

Park Map

Boston Harbor Island Map

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