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Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
In Boston Harbor
The park encircles 34 islands that range in size from less than 1 acre to more than 200. As a system of islands, these glacial drumlins are unique in the United States. Interactive videos, exhibit boards, and the information kiosk at Long Wharf provide all the details. The area was authorized in 1996.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Beachcombing, boat riding, fishing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, sailing. Facilities: Fan Pier visitor center (U.S. Courthouse) and Spectacle Island visitor center; information booth, dock. Book-and-gift shop. Programs & Events: Nature walks, living-history programs, marine ecology programs (May-Oct.). Family Fun Days interactive performance, music, and historic activities on Georges Island (Sat. July and Aug.); Civil War Encampment (mid-July); Halloween program (Oct.). Tips & Hints: Plan on 90-minute round-trip ferry ride to Georges Island. Bring food and water for visit to park; sustenance is available only on Georges Island.
Camping: Primitive camping on Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, and Ped-docks islands (44 sites; $8-$ 15; pit toilets; closed mid-Oct.-Apr.; reservations and permit required, see below).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Ferry from Long Wharf: May-late June, every 2 hrs 10-4; late June-Labor Day, hourly 10-5; Labor Day-Columbus Day, every 2 hrs 10-2. Permit required ($6) for island camping. Reservation fee ($8) for camping on Bumpkin and Grape islands. No bikes except on Deer Island and Worlds End. No motorized equipment, pets, or alcohol. Islands open Mar.-Memorial Day, weekends 9-sunset; Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-sunset; Labor Day-Nov, weekends 9-sunset. Visitor centers open Memorial Day-Columbus Day, weekends 10-5. Information kiosk open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
Via ferry from Long Wharf. Closest airport: Boston.
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area (408 Atlantic Ave., Suite 228, Boston, MA 02110-3350, tel. 617/223-8666, fax 617/223-8671,). Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (2 Copley Pl., Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116, tel. 617/536-4100 or 888/733-2678, fax 617/424-7664).
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