Tips & Safety

Everything to know before you go to have a safe, fun trip to the park.

Whether you are a frequent visitor to the park or it’s your first time, these helpful tips and guidelines will ensure a safe and hassle-free experience.

Be prepared!

The islands may be close to home, but there are a few things you should bring to ensure your comfort. You should carry:

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Trash Bags

Temperatures on the harbor can often be cooler than on the mainland. Dress in layers to be sure you’ll be comfortable throughout the day.

The following items and activities are prohibited in the park:

  • Pets (except on mainland parks)
  • Fireworks
  • Alcohol
  • Firewood
  • Amplified Sound
  • Hammocks
  • Bike riding (except on mainland parks)
  • Littering
  • Feeding or Harassing Wildlife

Practice Leave No Trace

The Boston Harbor Islands practice a carry in, carry out policy meaning visitors must take all of their garbage with them back to the mainland.

We also ask that visitors leave behind any natural or cultural resources they find including, but not limited to sea glass, seashells, and ceramics.

Riding the Ferry

Use caution boarding and disembarking park ferries, and always follow the directions of the captain and crew. Boat captains have discretion to deny passage for any violation of rules and regulations.

Tick Advisory

Like all of New England, ticks are common on the Boston Harbor Islands and can carry disease. We recommend using bug spray, treated clothing, tucking pants into socks, and performing periodic tick checks throughout the day, as well as a more thorough check when returning home.

In an Emergency

In the event of an emergency on the islands, call 911 and alert a ranger, volunteer or concession employee.

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