EXPLORE AN ISLAND PARK JUST MINUTES FROM
DOWNTOWN BOSTON

About the Park

The official website of the Boston Harbor Islands

Made up of 34 islands and peninsulas, Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is an urban oasis just minutes from Boston’s city center. Hop aboard a park ferry and discover islands rich with opportunities for outdoor recreation, relaxation and learning. Check the park calendar for special events or create your own adventure with our trip planning tools below.

Learn About Our Partnership

Upcoming Events

View All Events
Oct02

Thompson Island Open House

Join Outward Bound for a special Open House on Thompson Island, celebrating the Boston Harbor Islands’ 25th anniversary as a National Park and 50th anniversary as a State Park.

View Event Details
Oct08

$5 Ferry Weekend

Visit Spectacle Island for just $5, in celebration of the 2022 season and the Boston Harbor Islands Park Anniversaries!

View Event Details
Oct08

Autumn Adventure on Peddocks Island

Celebrate the season with a special fall exploration of Peddocks – the last chance to visit the Island until next year!

View Event Details
Oct09

$5 Ferry Weekend

Visit Spectacle Island for just $5, in celebration of the 2022 season and the Boston Harbor Islands Park Anniversaries!

View Event Details
Oct29

Half-day Ocean Therapy Retreat

Take some time to slow down and awaken your senses for a few hours on an Ocean Therapy Retreat with Toadstool Walks at Webb Memorial State Park!

View Event Details
Oct29

Stewardship Saturday at Grape Island

Come join park biologists and volunteer stewards for a Stewardship Saturday at Grape Island!

View Event Details
Nov12

Half-day Ocean Therapy Retreat

Take some time to slow down and awaken your senses for a few hours on an Ocean Therapy Retreat with Toadstool Walks at Webb Memorial State Park!

View Event Details
Islands Accessible by FerryOther IslandsMainland ParksFeatured Historical Sites

Explore the Islands

Exploring is believing! Of 34 islands and peninsulas that make up Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, many are accessible by seasonal public ferry service or can be accessed year-round by car or on foot. Islands range from rustic retreats to family-friendly hubs with a range of activities. Hover over the map to learn more about each island destination!

About the Park

It's great to be able to get away from the city for a day and experience the outdoors in the harbor just a few minutes by boat from Boston.

Will from Dorchester

I feel like I'm walking through history right now!

Harbor Discovery Camper

Gorgeous views, quiet vibe, clear waters. Great spot to spend a summer day or weekend.

Danielle from Quincy

Sign Up for the Boston Harbor Islands Newsletter!