Public ferry service to Georges Island has been temporarily suspended due to water pressure disruption on the island starting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Ferry service to Spectacle Island remains available.

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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