National Park. Local Adventure
The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is the largest recreation area in metro Boston, with an ocean of things to see, do and discover. From yoga on the beach to hiking. Kayaking to camping. Summer jazz to Civil War era forts. There’s something for everyone—and it’s all just minutes away.
A Park Partnership
Thirty-four islands comprise the park, which is administered through a partnership between the National Park Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, Boston Harbor Now and the City of Boston.
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Boston’s Other Public Gardens
Enter a world of spectacular scenery, unparalleled beauty and serenity—only minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Each Boston Harbor Island has a personality all its own. Explore with us and get to know these timeless landscapes for yourself. For a full list of activities and events visit BostonHarborIslands.org or go directly to https://bhi.oncell.com/en/index.html and download our free app to begin planning your trip today.
Spectacle IslandTrue to its name, Spectacle Island is a wonder to behold.
Georges IslandGeorges Island is a Civil War monument unto itself.
Peddocks IslandOne of the largest Harbor Islands, Peddock’s has a rich and diverse history.
Lovells IslandSituated at the entrance to Boston Harbor, Lovells Island is a favorite of the camping set.
Harbor Islands Rates
|Adult (Round Trip)||$24.95|
|Senior (Round Trip)*||$22.95|
|Children (Round Trip)**||$17.95|
|Five Ride Pass||$100|
* Rate applies to adults 65+
** Rate applies to children ages 3-11yrs. Children under 3 free (ages 0-2)
**** For 10-ride passes, the following applies:
- Pass is a valid boarding pass (will be scanned and/or punched at time of boarding)
- Pass can be used for up to TWO customers at a time
- Based on availability; reservations are not required, but are highly recommended for weekend and holidays
- Non-refundable / non-transferable
- No cash value – Lost, stolen or unused passes will not be refunded
- No expiration
- The 10-Ride prices are not valid for departures from Hingham. Customers originating from Hingham will be subject to standard MBTA pricing.
Harbor Islands FAQs
What should I Know Before I Go for the 2021 season?
In response to COVID-19, your trip to The Boston Harbor Islands during the 2021 season may look and feel a bit different than usual. Boston Harbor Now has developed a helpful resource outlining things to Know Before You Go to help you navigate and make the most out of your 2021 island adventure. Be sure to take a look and be informed prior to your visit.
City Cruises, which includes Boston Harbor Cruises, has updated its industry-defining SafeCruise by City Cruises program to deliver even higher standards of cleanliness onboard our vessels in the US, Canada and the UK. The enhancements build on our already stringent cleaning processes and introduce increased safety measures to address and provide reassurance in the current environment. LEARN MORE.
Important reminders for the 2021 season, for your health and safety:
- All passengers must wear face masks on board when moving around the vessel. Masks should be worn whenever away from the table. Guests may remove masks once seated. (Wearing facial coverings is required on both the indoor and outdoor decks.)
- All passengers must practice social distancing on board to the extent possible, ideally staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arm’s lengths) from other guests who are not in their party.
Do you recommend advance reservations?
We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.
How long is the ferry ride?
About to 25 minutes to Spectacle Island; about 45 minutes to Georges Island.
What should I bring?
We recommend comfortable shoes or sneakers for walking. Also a light sweater or jacket in case the breeze picks up. Facial coverings are required for the 2021 season and sunscreen and sunglasses are a must. And, with all the beautiful views, you won’t want forget your camera or binoculars. During the 2021 season, food and beverage concession will not be available on the island. So, if you will want food/beverages during your time on the Islands, you may bring them with you and remember to bring all used containers, wrappers and trash back with you when you leave the island. You also can purchase a limited selection of beverages and packaged snacks onboard they ferry. (No glass containers please!)
Is there lodging in the park?
Camping is not permitted on the Boston Harbor Islands for the 2021 season.
Are there bathrooms?
Passenger ferries running to Spectacle Island and Georges Islands are equipped with bathrooms. There are toilet facilities available on both Spectacle and Georges.
Are there rain shelters on the islands?
Limited tented or covered rain protection is available on the Islands. Be sure to check the weather, plan ahead, and dress accordingly.
Are the Islands accessible to people with physical disabilities?
The main harbor island ferries offer handicap access, but the islands themselves do not. Georges Island offers paved and fairly level paths, and Spectacle Island has one accessible crushed stone trail. Although Peddocks Island has accessible paths along Fort Andrews, the smaller inter-island connectors may not have adequate access. Grape, Bumpkin, and Lovells Islands have trails of dirt or grass that may not be suitable for people with disabilities. Please call with specific questions.
Is fishing allowed?
Yes, but keep away from boaters and swimmers. If you are age 16 or over, you must have a MA, NH, RI, or CT fishing permit.
Is there food onboard the ferries?
A limited selection of prepackaged beverages and snack snacks will be available for purchase onboard for the 2021 season. On-island concession will not be operating for this season but you may bring food and drink (non-alcoholic) from home or purchase onboard and bring on-island with you. No glass containers please and remember that trash from any item you brought on-Island with you must be carried off-Island with you as well. Thanks for your cooperation!
Are pets allowed on the Islands?
Service animals are the only pets permitted in the parks.
Is bike riding permitted?
Unfortunately bike riding is not allowed on the islands.
Are there rules about trash disposal on the Islands?
As a rule of thumb, if you bring something to the island, you must also take it back with you. We ask for your help in keeping the Islands clean.
Is it OK to keep things I find on the Islands?
We ask that you respect the Park’s beauty and keep it intact by leaving any natural treasures – such as sea glass, shells and historic relics on the Islands.
Can I make a ticket reservation online?
What happens if I've reserved tickets but can't make it for the cruise?
Advance-order tickets are non-refundable. But, they may be transferred to another day and time depending on availability. Transfers cannot be handled online, only over the phone or in person at any BHC ticketing location.
Are gift cards available?
Yes. You may purchase gift cards online, over the phone or in-person at our ticket booths. Or use the information on our contact page to call or email us and we’ll get right back to you.