Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park is close to Boston’s city center and made up of 34 islands and peninsulas. It’s fun to explore this area by hopping on board a ferry, which is operated seasonally. Come for a family-friendly, rustic retreat, a quiet vibe, and stunning views on a summer day. Enjoy a picnic, explore a historic fort, and stay overnight at a rustic campsite. Hiking and birdwatching are popular activities. The islands accessible by ferry are Georges, Peddocks, Grape, Little Brewster, Spectacle, Lovells, Bumpkin, and Thompson. To learn about history, check out Fort Warren, Boston Light, Fort Andrews, and Deer Island.