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Boston Harbor's Little Brewster Island Hard to Miss, Promise

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Better Know an Island is a Curbed Boston Outdoors Week 2014 special feature detailing the many islands accessible from our mainland. Let's push out really far now.


The first thing you should know about Little Brewster Island is that it is home to the oldest continually used lighthouse in the United States. Indeed, Boston Light was built in 1716, and beams a streak 27 miles out into the Atlantic. The second thing you should know is that the lighthouse is an active navigational aid facility for the Coast Guard, which manages the island. This means, among other things, that the lightkeeper's house is not open to the public.

The approximately 3-acre island is open to visitors. There is a catch, however. You can tour the lighthouse and its environs, even climb the 76 steps of Boston Light; you just have to sign up for the lighthouse tour to take the ferry out there. Can't miss it. Big light beam.
Updated 3:10PM July 18: The Park Service tells us that the island and the lighthouse are closed as the Coast Guard finishes a major rehabilitation project. Both are expected to reopen next year in time for the 300th anniversary of Boston Light in 2016.
· Website: Little Brewster Island [Harbor Islands Partnership]
· Our Better Know an Island archive [Curbed Boston]
· Our Outdoors Week 2014 archive [Curbed Boston]