Access + Hours

Whether you are arriving by ferry or with your own vessel, being aware of seasons and hours for each island location will help ensure an easy and successful trip.

Access and hours vary from one island to the next. Please read the information provided below to plan your next visit.

Some access has changed due to precautions around COVID-19.

Spectacle and Georges Islands will be open for visitation in the 2021 season. Click here to view ferry schedules.

Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.

Worlds End is open by advance reservation only.

Most DCR park areas and facilities are open.  Click here to learn more about how to safely enjoy time outside.

During the off-season, access to DCR islands requires a DCR Special Use Permit. Please email the rangers at [email protected] for more information.

Limited Access Islands

The Boston Harbor Islands are home to various wildlife. Many islands have limited access during bird breeding season from April through August, including Rainsford and Snake Islands, islands in Hingham Harbor (Sarah, Langlee, Ragged, and Button Island) and the outer islands (the Brewsters, Calf, Little Calf, and Green Island).

Prohibited Access Islands

Long, Gallops, Moon, Little Brewster, and The Graves are closed to public access.

Access By Private Boat

Visitors may travel to the park via private watercraft. Passenger drop-off at island floats is allowed with anchorage nearby. Always yield to park ferries. Visit the boating page for more information.

Welcome Center

Visit the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at:

191W Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110

Welcome Center Hours, 2021:

  • 9:30am-3pm: Friday-Sunday, June 5 – June 20
  • 9:15am-4pm: Wednesday – Sunday, June 25 – Labor Day
  • Hours TBD: Labor Day through Columbus Day

Park Hours

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of World’s End, which is open 8am to sunset. If you arrived by public ferry, be mindful of when the last ferry departs the island.

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