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BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS STATE PARK
LOCATION - The islands are 45 minutes from downtown Boston and are accessible from three points. Boston's Long Wharf is at the harbor end of State Street and is easily reached from the MBTA Blue Line Aquarium stop. Hewitt's Cove, in Hingham, is located off Massachusetts ЗА. Lynn's Seaport Landing Marina is adjacent to Lynn Heritage State Park on Massachusetts 1A.
Ferries from three departure points run from May-October. Once you arrive at Georges Island, you can board a free water taxi to Lovells, Peddocks, Gallops, Grape, and Bumpkin islands. For ferry fare and schedule information, call Bay State Cruise Lines: 617-723-7800; Boston Harbor Cruises: 617-227-4321; or Massachusetts Bay Lines: 617-749-4500. Water taxi information is available at the park office or by calling 617-727-5290 and 617-740-1605.
FEATURES - Seven of the 30 Boston Harbor islands are operated as state parks. Georges Island is dominated by Fort Warren, a National Historic Landmark. Constructed between 1833-69, it was used as a prison for captured Confederates during the Civil War. The island now serves as the entrance to the state park.
ACTIVITIES - Campers need camping reservations. Call DEM at 617-740-1605 or MDC at 617-727-5290 or write to the MDC Reservations and Historic Sites, 98 Taylor Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts. Bring along fresh water unless headed for Georges and Thompson islands.
Take a narrated Bay State Cruise to Georges Island daily from May-October. Limited docking space is available for private boats. Take a guided tour of the • land and attend special programs offered six months of the year. Bring along a picnic or pick up a snack from the snack bar. Camp in the 24-site campground with water available.
Enjoy boating and fishing. Hike marked trails, get a good overlook from the observation tower, and attend interpretive programs.
Gallops Island has picnic grounds and hiking paths and once housed a maritime radio school during World War II.
Peddocks Island is one of the largest islands. East Head contains the remains of Fort Andrews, dating back to the turn of the century. It was active in harbor defense from 1904 until the end of World War II. A freshwater pond, campground, and wildlife sanctuary are on West Head.
Bumpkin Island has trails leading to an old children's hospital and stone farmhouse. Reserved camping is available.
Lovells Island has long beaches and the only designated island swimming beach. The remains of Fort Standish, a turn-of-the-century military installation, is in the island's center. Go camping without electricity or running water. Special events and daily programs provide military history and information about the island wildlife. Hike along trails through the dunes, salt marsh, and woods or go fishing.
Grape Island is a wildlife haven and has picnic sites, campsites, and grassy trails.
Thompson Island offers guided tours, hiking, and picnicking. For ferry service, call 617-328-3900.
Little Brewster Island is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and is the site of the famous Boston Light, the oldest continuous navigational aid in the U.S. For a tour schedule, call 617-740-4290.
While in Boston, tour Boston National Historical Park with naturalists stationed at Faneuil Hall, Charlestown Navy Yard, Bunker Hill Monument, and the visitor center at 15 State Street. For information, call 617-242-5642.
Take a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail. Pick up a brochure at the information booth on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common and follow the red line painted on the sidewalk. The route covers 2.5 miles, passing 16 sites and winding through the city's historic sections.
One of the sites includes the Old South Meeting House with a special audio system that re-creates the Boston Tea Party. Visitors can see rare colonial artifacts and a scale model of early Boston. The building's most famous meeting occurred here on December 16, 1773, when Bostonians met to discuss the new British tax on tea, resulting in the Boston Tea Party
Other sites you pass include Faneuil Hall—known as the Cradle of Liberty—built in 1742. Paul Revere's house is Boston's oldest structure. The Old North Church, circa 1723, is Boston's oldest church still in use. Here two lanterns were hung to warn Charlestown that the British were crossing the harbor en route to Concord. Tour the USS Constitution, nicknamed Old Ironsides, and learn about 1800s shipboard life.
Bunker Hill Monument, site of the June 17, 1775, battle, has daily historical talks.
Take a harbor cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston from Rowes Wharf. For information, call 617-569-4449.
Black Heritage Trail winds along Beacon Hill's north slope where nineteenth-century black Bostonians lived. Pick up a trail brochure at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center or at Abiel Smith School, the first public school for black children in the U.S. You'll also see the 1806 African Meeting House, the oldest black church building still standing in the U.S. For information, call 617-742-1854.
Boston Harbor Island State Park
349 Lincoln Street, Building 45
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
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