Harbor Islands, Boston

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    Boston seen from George Island
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    other islands seen from George Island
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    ocean islands
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    visit Georges Island, out in the harbor!

    by rwlittle Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    We went out to one of the Boston Harbor Islands on June 6th, 2005: Georges Island. To get out to the island, one catches a ferry from Long Wharf in downtown Boston, for about $10. We were hoping to get out to see more than Georges Island, but the other islands aren't accessible by park ferry until later in the month. The ferry ride out to Georges Island is only about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the time...only so many ferries come to the island, and you'd hate to get trapped there overnight!

    Georges Island features an old Civil War era fort, used to defend the harbor, and to house Confederate prisoners. The fort is walkable, and has many plaques describing the fort, its rooms, and some of the historical background. There's also a snack bar, and some port-a-potties.

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    Visit Boston's South End's Castle Island

    by RhondaRuth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A ship passes in front of the fishing pier

    Stroll around the Island taking in the views of Boston, Logan Airport, Boston Harbor, Islands, Light Houses and Fort Independance. You can even bring a fishing pole and fish off the pier while you watch ships pass.

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    harbor cruise

    by MacNaught Written Nov 30, 2009

    The Boston Harbor Islands National Park is the best deal in town (assumeing the weather is good).The ferry ride is fun and all of the islands,each very diffrent from the others,have great views of the city and the sea.

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    Ocean Islands

    by eternel2002 Updated Jan 8, 2007
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    Take a ferry from the boston harbor to go visit harbor islands, it is a national park that contains 34 islands in the the ocean in front of the city of Boston, some of them are populated, others not. We get off on George Island which is dominated by Fort Warren that was an improtant defensive post to protect the harbor during the conflicts.
    From the ferry or from some of thsoe islands you can also enjoy the nice view of downtown Boston. awsome!

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    Boston Harbor Cruises Charters

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    These boats ply the waters of Boston Harbor (both the Inner and Outer Harbors) and the guides give you ample information on the long history of this city and its development. One point of interest along the way is Ft Warren, a Civil War fort that is now a state park. Located in George's Island, it is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.

    Some night cruises have live bands. These include well-known names, such as the Providence, RI-based blues band Roomful of Blues.

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    Tour Fort Independence on Castle Island

    by RhondaRuth Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The kids learn about our flags thru our history.

    Now open to the public during the summer for just a few hours, so keep in mind that they close at 3:30. It's a nice little tour with information on our history.
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    See my travelogues for more pictures on Castle Island and Fort Independence.

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    The Boston Harbor Islands are...

    by LuckyJVT Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Boston Harbor Islands are one of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Boston area. You can get out to any of them on a ferry boat or perhaps find someone to take you out on a sailboat.. If that is too much trouble, then you can just go to Fort Independence on Castle Island and watch other people sail around the harbor..

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