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The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is a unique urban wilderness and the largest recreation area in metro Boston, with lush hiking trails, nature watching and water sports. The islands are also rich in history, each with its own unique story to tell. Come discover these hidden” treasures in our own back yard.

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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. 

 

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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.
Click Here for daily, weekly and monthly activity schedules.

      

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

Spectacle Island

True to its name, Spectacle Island is a wonder to behold.

Georges Island

Georges Island is a Civil War monument unto itself.

Peddocks Island

One of the largest Harbor Islands, Peddock’s has a rich and diverse history.

Lovells Island

Situated at the entrance to Boston Harbor, Lovells Island is a favorite of the camping set.

Harbor Islands Schedules & Rates

Schedule

May 7 - June 16 | Route 1 - Long Wharf / Georges Island (direct)

Daily

Depart Long Wharf

  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM

Arrive Georges Island

  • 10:45 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 2:45 PM

Depart Georges Island

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 11:45 AM
  • 1:45 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 5:45 PM

May 7 - June 16 | Route 2 - Long Wharf / Spectacle Island (direct)

Daily

Depart Long Wharf

  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

Arrive Spectacle Island

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Depart Spectacle Island

  • 11:30 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM

June 17 - September 4 | Route 1 - Long Wharf / Georges Island (direct)

Weekdays

Depart Long Wharf

  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM

Arrive Georges Island

  • 10:45 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 2:45 PM

Depart Georges Island

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 11:45 AM
  • 1:45 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 5:45 PM

Weekends

Depart Long Wharf

  • 9:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

Arrive Georges Island

  • 9:45 AM
  • 10:45 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 1:45 PM
  • 2:45 PM
  • 3:45 PM

Depart Georges Island

  • 10:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 10:45 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 1:45 PM
  • 2:45 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 4:45 PM
  • 5:45 PM
  • 6:45 PM

June 17 - September 4 | Route 2 - Long Wharf / Spectacle Island (direct)

Weekdays

Depart Long Wharf

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Arrive Spectacle Island

  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM

Depart Spectacle Island

  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 6:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM

Weekends

Depart Long Wharf

  • 9:30 AM
  • 10:15 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM

Arrive Spectacle Island

  • 10:00 AM
  • 10:45 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM

Depart Spectacle Island

  • 10:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 6:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 11:00 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM

September 6 - October 10 | Route 1 - Long Wharf / Georges Island (direct)

Daily

Depart Long Wharf

  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM

Arrive Georges Island

  • 10:45 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 2:45 PM

Depart Georges Island

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 11:45 AM
  • 1:45 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 5:45 PM

September 6 - October 10 | Route 2 - Long Wharf / Spectacle Island (direct)

Daily

Depart Long Wharf

  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

Arrive Spectacle Island

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:30 AM
  • 3:30 PM

Depart Spectacle Island

  • 11:30 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM

Arrive Long Wharf

  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM

Reserve your place at one of the ever-popular Wednesday and Thursday night clambakes

Spectacle, Georges and Peddocks Islands are all serviced from Long Wharf in Boston. On a seasonal basis, you can also reach the islands from the South Shore. Lovells, Grape and Bumpkin Islands are all part of the Inter-Island Loop. For a complete Inter-island schedule, please CLICK HERE

Heading to Lovells, Peddocks, Grape or Bumpkin? For a complete listing of interisland departures and arrivals (how to get to individual islands and how to get back) please CLICK HERE

Rates

Adults (Round Trip)

$17

Seniors (Round Trip)*

$12

Children (Round Trip)**

$10

Family Four Pack***

  • (2 adults and 2 children)

$43

10-Ride Pass****

  • (see below)

$140

Season Pass*****

  • NEW FOR 2016 (see below)

$200

Great for Groups

For groups of 25 or more, we offer discounted rates as well as extended personalized services. 

Our Group Sales department is always on hand and prepared to help with any request including specialty or private tours, water transportation, gourmet food, custom apparel, souvenirs, entertainment, team building programs and more.

To learn more about our Group Tours services, please contact Doug Hall.

Tell us a little about your group and we’ll get right back to you.

* 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 and Family Four Pack prices are not valid for departures from Hingham. Customers originating from Hingham will be subject to standard MBTA pricing.

***** NEW FOR 2016, Season Pass! The following applies:

  • Unlimited transportation to the Harbor Islands for passholder
  • No reservations required
  • 10% off any BHC cruise for passholder and one guest

 

 

Waterfront and Center.

1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

The adventure begins at Long Wharf, just steps from the New England Aquarium, the North End, Faneuil Hall and other popular Boston landmarks.

Harbor Islands FAQs

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 20 minutes to Spectacle Island and 45 minutes to Georges Island. Please consult the schedule for specific times between islands and mainland piers on the inter-island shuttles serving Hingham, Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, Hull, Georges, and Lovells Islands.

What should I bring?

We recommend comfortable shoes or sneakers for walking. Also a light sweater or jacket in case the breeze picks up. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must, and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.

Is there lodging in the park?

Campsites are the only overnight accommodations within the park. Groups interested in hosting a conference or retreat at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center can stay in a newly renovated hotel-style dormitory or in tents.

Are there bathrooms?

Passenger ferries running from Boston to Georges and Spectacle, and from Hingham to Georges are equipped with bathrooms. There are toilet facilities at each of the islands served by ferry or shuttle service (Georges, Spectacle, Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, Lovells, and Thompson Islands). Bathrooms are not available on Little Brewster Island or on the Inter-Island Shuttles.

Are there rain shelters on the islands?

Georges Island offers covered picnic areas and shelters within Fort Warren. There’s a Visitor’s Center on Spectacle along with a few shelters and a tent. Peddocks Island has inside space at the Visitor Center. Other islands have minimal, or in some cases, no structures with adequate rain protection, so 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?

Snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn, chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts and cereals are available, along with fruit juices, teas, sports drinks and other beverages.

Are pets allowed on the Islands?

Service animals are the only pets permitted in the park.

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.

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.

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

We do have discounted group rates for parties of 25 or more. Please see our Group Tours page for more information.

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.

For any other questions, please contact us directly at contact@bostonharborcruises.com

or Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425)