- This page, Boston Harbor Islands, is offered by
- Department of Conservation & Recreation
- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Universal Access Program
Boston Harbor Islands
Details of Boston Harbor Islands
Overview of Boston Harbor Islands
Hours for Boston Harbor Islands
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
Hiking & walkingMost islands offer trails fit for all levels of experience. Head to Spectacle Islands for 5 miles of trails and perfect views of the harbor.
CampingTent campsites and yurts are available on Peddocks Island.
Scenic viewsYou'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
- Boating (non-motorized)
- Canoeing and kayaking
- 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 trash disposal, carry on - Carry off
- No fireworks
- No amplified sound
- No feeding or following animals
- No bikes on islands
More info for Boston Harbor Islands
See our partner’s website, Boston Harbor Now, for more information about visiting the Boston Harbor Islands.
The following islands are only accessible by ferry:
The following islands are accessible by private boat:
Passenger ferries for Spectacle, Georges, and Peddocks are located at:
· Long Wharf
· Boston, MA You can find ferry schedules and tickets online or call (617) 223-8666 for more information.
Passenger ferries for Thompson are located at:
· The EDIC Pier in South Boston
This service is offered directly by the private owner, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, as required by a Conservation Restriction held by DCR and the National Parks Service. You can find ferry schedules and other information online.
Camping at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park will be offered on Peddocks Island only in 2023.
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.