The Boston Harbor Islands national recreation area includes 34 islands and peninsulas spread over 50 square miles of bays, harbors, and rivers within the greater Boston Harbor basin. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR, Mass Parks) is one of 12 managing partners and owns and manages more than half of the islands in the park.
Here is a place where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking, or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston.
Resident staff live on the island during the visiting season. They provide island supervision, park and campground management, and offer island tours and educational programs.
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.
Tent campsites and yurts are available on Peddocks Island. Rustic camping is available on Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands.
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
Canoeing and kayaking
Facilities at Boston Harbor Islands
Group/private event use