The location of plentiful wildflowers and various foundations, Rainsford Island is a destination with a diverse history.
Grassy meadows and sumac groves extend along the island while a rocky shoreline meets the water. Rainsford Island served a diverse purpose beginning during the colonial period when it was used for farming and grazing. For nearly a 200 year period, it held a quarantine hospital, almshouse, veterans hospital, and boys reform school.
Rainsford Island offers views of the surrounding islands and unimproved walking trails.