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Exploring Boston Light

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From any points, drive towards South
Boston Seaport District near South Station
When on Atlantic Avenue, turn towards
Seaport Boulevard, taking the bridge to
cross the Fort Point Channel
The Moakley Courthouse is the building
closest to the bridge on the harbor
waterfront side
Using Public Transportation:
Take MBTA Red Line to South Station stop
Take MBTA Silver Line bus line to 1st stop, Moakley Courthouse
Upon exiting, walk towards the Barking
Crab restaurant; Fan Pier is behind the
restaurant towards the water front
Alternative is to walk north on Atlantic
Avenue upon exiting South Station, then
turn right at the James Hook & Lobster
building to take the footbridge; Fan Pier and the Moakley Courthouse are on the left after the footbridge
  Good to know in advance
The island is open for tours during spring, summer and fall by reservation only; call
617-223-8666 to check that the island is
open on the day of your visit

Click here for a map of the island

Tour schedule:
  – Thursdays - 10:00 AM from Fan Pier
  – Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays - 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM from Fan Pier
Boats departs from Fan Pier, near the
Moakley United States Courthouse in the
South Boston Seaport District
Meter parking available for up to 4 hrs(free on Sunday); parking available at nearby
International Place for $5 on weekends
(bring your parking stub to the Rangers for validation) and on lots around Fan Pier for about $10
  – $28 Adults
  – $25 Seniors (65+ yrs.) & Active Military
  – $17 Youth (3-11 yrs.)
  – Free for children under 3
To purchase tickets by phone, call
800-979-3370 or 212-209-3370
Tickets also available online at
Little Brewster Island is also open to private boaters on Fridays, Saturdays, and
Sundays from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM for
drop-off and pick-up only; boats should
anchor off the island
Restrooms on the boat; no public restrooms on the island
For more information, call the National Park Service at 617-223-8666
Bring back your trash
Pets not allowed

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 15 minutes
  Duration: Half-Day

$28 per person

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Boston Light is the oldest lighthouse in the United States. It is also one of the most famous landmarks of the city. But, maybe not surprisingly, the lighthouse and the small island on which it is built, Little Brewster Island, are little known as an outdoors destination.

How many people know that you can board a boat and get to Little Brewster for a few hours? On this last speck of terra firma before the endless ocean, you will enjoy unparalleled views on Boston, and will certainly feel the isolation that keepers were experiencing when manning the lighthouse for weeks at a time. Nowadays, access to Boston Light is carefully managed, and the shuttle operated by the National Park Service essentially limits the number of visitors to the boat capacity - around 50 people. As a result, the island is never crowded, and you can count on the Park Rangers on the boat and on the island to make your tour informative, and yet very relaxed. While the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, you can visit some of the support buildings. After a short introduction and welcome by the island crew, you will be free to stroll around. The island, while quite small, has a small beach, a rocky shore, low cliffs, and a nice lawn that is also a perfect place for a snack - or a quick nap.The lighthouse keepers and the island Coast Guard crew offer activities for children and seem genuinely pleased to receive visitors - their smile make the visit even more enjoyable. And while Boston Light is a great destination for all, it is even greater for kids, because the small size of the island makes it easy for them to realize that, well, it is a real island.

The trip lasts about 3 hours, with about an hour and a half on the island. The boat ride is a great outing in itself, allowing you to see several of the other Boston Harbor Islands from up close.

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