Georges Island

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Boston, MA 02122- Map It
(617) 223-8666

AAA Editor Notes

Georges Island can be reached via ferry from Long Wharf in Boston; ferries to Georges Island also depart from Hingham, Hull and Quincy. Part of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, the 39-acre island is dominated by Fort Warren, built 1834-67. The massive granite structure held Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. It later served as a center for laying mines in Boston Harbor during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II. Park rangers detail the history of the site during guided tours. Housed in a former mine storage building, a visitor center offers exhibits about the military installation and Boston's past coastal defense systems. The island also boasts sitting areas with dazzling views of the Boston skyline and a children's playground modeled after a section of Fort Warren. Food is available seasonally. Pets are not permitted. Guided tours are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
Fort and visitor center free. Ferry fares vary.
Hours: Fort and visitor center daily 9-dusk, early May-Columbus Day. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.