Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Bruce Jacobson

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area offers easy access to America’s natural and cultural history—all a stone’s throw from downtown Boston. The area is comprised of 34 islands and peninsulas, many of which are open for public recreation; some of which are very small and best suited for wildlife. Attractions include hiking trails, beaches, civil war-era Fort Warren on Georges Island and Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, one of the oldest lighthouses in the nation. Georges Island and Spectacle Island are served seasonally by ferries to and from Boston and Quincy, connecting on weekends and summer weekdays with a shuttle boat to many other islands.

Park Open Info: 
Summer
Park Closed Info: 
Winter
Park Acreage: 
245
Highest Point Elevation: 
18 feet
Visitor Count: 
1944386
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fort Warren; Fort Andews; Boston Light; Long Wharf; Graves Light; Long Island Head Light; Little Brewster
Endangered Species: 
Least Tern; Northern Harrier; Common Tern; Barn Owl; Sea-beach Dock; American Sea Blite
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Boston, MA
Gateway Communities: 
Hull, MA; Hingham, MA; Cohasset, MA; Quincy, MA; Weymouth, MA
Nearby Airports: 
General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS)