Table of Contents
Coast Guide Background
Public Transit Services
Coast Guide Key
Be a Coastal Caretaker
Coast Guide Sites
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston Inner Harbor
Crane Beach Area
Danvers - Salem
Dorchester Bay - Quincy
Gloucester - Manchester
Lynn - Nahant
Plum Island & Vicinity
Quincy - Braintree
Revere - Saugus
Salem - Swampscott
Salisbury - Newburyport
Weymouth - Hingham
Winthrop - East Boston
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Ferry service is available to the islands from Boston and the South Shore throughout the summer season. Park boats also regularly serve several islands in the park. Visitor services information can be found on the web at www.bostonislands.com or by calling (617) 223-8666.
Some of the islands are:
Bumpkin Island The island’s slate and shell beaches and open fields provide a relaxing atmosphere. One group and 10 individual campsites are available on this 35-acre island.
Gallops Island This l6-acre island has picnic areas, hiking paths, scenic views, and a swimming beach. The island housed a maritime radio school during World War II, remnants of which are still visible.
George’s Island This 30-acre island features Fort Warren, a National Historic Landmark. Park Rangers offer guided tours and special programs from May through October. The island has large picnic areas, a snack bar, and an information booth. A free water taxi to the other islands departs from the pier at George’s Island on a frequent schedule.
Grape Island Wild blackberries, bayberries, and rose hips proliferate on this 50-acre island, providing food for a wide variety of birds. Amenities include picnic areas, one group and 10 individual campsites, and many wooded trails.
Little Brewster Island This 4-acre rocky island is home to Boston Light, the first lighthouse site and the last staffed lighthouse in America.
Lovell’s Island Visitors to this 62-acre island can enjoy exploring the remains of Fort Standish. The island also offers picnic areas, trails, scenic overlooks, 11 campsites, and a swimming beach.
Peddock’s Island At 188 acres, Peddock’s is one of the largest, most diverse islands in the harbor. The island’s East Head contains the remains of Fort Andrews. The island has 10 campsites, trails, and a visitor center with educational displays.
Thompson Island This 157-acre island has rolling hills and salt marshes, conference facilities, and a middle school. Access is available by special arrangement.
Two peninsulas that are part of the park are:
Deer Island This 210-acre site with 4.6 miles of trail is home to Boston’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility and boasts spectacular views of the city and the harbor. Pre-arranged guided tours are available.
World’s End Olmsted-designed paths and plantings accentuate the hilltop views, open meadows, rocky shores, and marshes of the 244-acre World’s End.
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