Boston Light and Little Brewster Island
GOOD FOR: Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12
RATING:


Source:Submitted by kfmwriter
Address:66 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Hours:Two tours daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between June 17 and October 2. Please note adverse weather can force cancellations.
Fee: Visitors who plan to climb the light: adults, $41; youth ages 8-12, $32. Adult non-climbers, $30; youth non-climbers ages 4-7, $25.
Contact:

http://www.bostonharborislands.org/little-brewster-island

Bathrooms: Yes, on the boat.
Water/Snacks: Bring your own.
Map:

http://www.bostonharborislands.org/little-brewster-island


While the National Parks are celebrating 100 years in 2016, Boston Light, located on Little Brewster Island, has been around two centuries longer! It makes for an easy and great day trip from Boston.

Boston Harbor Island view
Photo by: kfmwriter

Happy Birthday, Boston Light! While the National Parks are celebrating 100 years in 2016, Boston Light, located on Little Brewster Island, has been around two centuries longer! It makes for an easy and great day trip from Boston.

Tours take about 3.5 hours, starting with a boat ride, where visitors are joined by a National Park Service Ranger and the United States Coast Guard. Along the way, rangers provide a historic account of Boston Harbor while you take in views of the city and the harbor. You learn about maritime traditions of Boston Harbor and island life, past and present. After getting to the island, you take a tour---there’s a small visitor’s center and a small museum---and then those over age 8 can climb the 76 steps to the top of America's oldest light station and see the Light’s Fresnel lens.

Perhaps best of all, you get to meet the U.S. Coast Guard’s light keeper, Sally Snow, who happens to be the very first female light keeper Boston Light has ever had. She is the 70th keeper in its history. Since the light is now automated, her job is to keep up the grounds, give tours and manage volunteers. Though the light is only open seasonally to the public, her job is year-round.

You also get some time to explore the tiny island and you can even bring a picnic lunch if you like, but you won’t need dessert, because Snow gives freshly made cookies to each and every visitor. Tours do fill up, so make sure to book in advance. It’s a trip every Boston family should put on their to-do list.

Plan B:

There is plenty to do in the waterfront area, including visiting the Boston Children’s Museum and the New England Aquarium.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Lots of options in the waterfront area.



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