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.