Rainsford Island

Featuring plentiful wildflowers and historic foundations, Rainsford Island holds a diverse and interesting history.

Grassy meadows and sumac groves extend along the island while a rocky shoreline meets the water. Rainsford Island served diverse purposes beginning during the colonial period, when it was used for farming and grazing. For nearly 200 years, it held a quarantine hospital, almshouse, veterans hospital, and boys reform school.

Rainsford Island offers views of the surrounding islands and unimproved walking trails.

Outer Brewster Island


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Bumpkin Kayaking by Kerry Hawkins

Recreation & Activities

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What you should know before you go to the parks.

Know Before You Go

  • Rainsford Island is not served by park ferries. Access is not recommended.

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