Attention:

Ferry service is currently running between Boston and Spectacle Island.  Click here for schedule and ticketing.

Some park access has changed due to current health regulations around COVID-19:

Georges, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands are accessible by recreational vessel only.

Camping and reservations for the Boston Harbor Islands are suspended for the duration of the 2020 season.

Worlds End is now open by advance reservation only.

Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.

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

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.

From July 1st through October 12th, Spectacle Island will be accessible by public ferry. Georges, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Island are accessible by recreational vessel only.

Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.

Worlds End is now open by advance reservation only.

Most DCR park areas and facilities are now 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 contact the ranger line at 617-223-8666 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. Dinghies are not available during this summer season. 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:

  • 9am-4:30pm daily from mid-May through late June
  • 9am-6pm late June through Labor Day
  • 9am-4:30pm daily from September 3rd 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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