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.