Boston Harbor Islands

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Details of Boston Harbor Islands

Overview of Boston Harbor Islands

Explore 13 islands of Boston Harbor, 2 of which are publicly accessible by ferry in 2021 and offer lots of activities. You'll find swimming, boating, hiking and camping among the most popular. You're also welcome to host your next group outing on one of these beautiful islands.

Hours for Boston Harbor Islands

Welcome Center

Sunday - Saturday:
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Parking at Boston Harbor Islands

No parking is available on the islands.

Private parking is available at ferry locations.

Activities at Boston Harbor Islands

A person walking through trails.

Hiking & walking

Most islands offer trails fit for all levels of experience. Head to Spectacle Islands for 5 miles of trails and perfect views of the harbor.
A campsite along a full forest of trees.


Tent campsites and yurts are available on Peddocks Island. Rustic camping is available on Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands.
Visitors and park ranger looking across the harbor.

Scenic views

You'll find amazing views from all islands. Be sure to check out Boston Harbor, the city skyline, and historic sites.

All Activities at Boston Harbor Islands

  • Hiking
  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Educational programs

Facilities at Boston Harbor Islands

Accessibility at Boston Harbor Islands

Restrictions at Boston Harbor Islands

  • No alcohol
  • No dogs or pets on islands (service dogs permitted)
  • No littering
  • No fireworks
  • No amplified sound
  • No feeding or following animals
  • No bikes on islands

More info for Boston Harbor Islands

Ferry information

The following islands are only accessible by ferry:

  • Spectacle
  • Georges

The following islands are only accessible by boat

  • Grape
  • Bumpkin
  • Lovells
  • Peddocks

Passenger ferries are located at:

  • Long Wharf North, Boston

You can find ferry schedules and tickets online or call (617) 223-8666 for more information.

Camping information

Camping at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is currently suspended due to insufficient restroom facilities.

DCR is working to upgrade these facilities, but until that time, camping will remain suspended for the remainder of the season for the safety of visitors and protection of island resources. Updates will be added to our website ( as they become available. Questions can be emailed to

Camping on the Boston Harbor Islands is $8/night for Massachusetts residents and $20/night for non-residents. Group camping is $35/night for Massachusetts residents and $100/night for non-residents. Large yurts are $55/night for Massachusetts residents and $140/night for non-residents.

Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate