Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Outdoor Activities

Flanked by the picturesque Boston Harbor, this acclaimed national recreation area is made up of 34 independent islands and peninsulas. This pristine area covers roughly 1,600 acres (647 hectares) and allows to truly absorb Boston's underrated natural beauty and wealth. An outdoor enthusiast's dream come true, offering modern amenities for an impressive selection of activities from beachside camping, kayaking, swimming, hiking and fishing to touring old lighthouses. The islands are also home to a myriad of heritage sights like the Civil-War-age Fort Warren and America's oldest lighthouse, the 18th-century Boston Light. To access the recreational area, just hop on the harbor ferries that depart from Quincy, Hingham, Downtown Boston and Hull. Park rangers are usually on board the vessels and will be more than happy to assist you with your trip.

Location:  Boston Harbor Islands