BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS

Want to swim, hike, explore the ruins of an old fort and camp out under the stars at a national park? Believe it or not, you can do all of these things without leaving the city of Boston.


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Want to swim, hike, explore the ruins of an old fort and camp out under the stars at a national park? Believe it or not, you can do all of these things without leaving the city of Boston. The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area consists of 34 narrow isles scattered in New England's most historic harbor, and you can visit these "hidden"
outdoor spaces by boarding seasonal ferries from Quincy and Boston's Long Wharf.

It takes partnership to manage and protect a diverse environment like the Boston Harbor Islands. The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership coordinates management of the island park, with representatives from a range of government and nonprofit agencies. The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council advises the Partnership on ongoing park operations. And we also collaborate with many other government offices, tribes, not-for-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and businesses. The result? We’re all working together to achieve our mission:

The mission of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is to make the Boston Harbor Islands system—with opportunities for education, recreation, and restful solitude within an urban area—an integral part of the life of the region and the nation by protecting the islands and their associated resources while at the same time improving public knowledge and access.

Unlike other national parks, federal, state, municipal, and nonprofit agencies cooperate to administer the islands. One half of the park islands are the responsibility of Department of Conservation &
Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts state park agency.

This Official Boston Harbor Islands Trip Planner is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service (NPS) and Boston Harbor Island Alliance on behalf of the Partnership.

www.nps.gov/boha/parkmgmt/index.htm