Boston Harbor Islands

Written by Christine Fennelly

Why sit in Route 3 traffic to get to the Cape and Islands when you can hop the #7 to South Station, take a short walk to Long Wharf and grab a ferry to one of the eight historic Boston Harbor Islands?

Little Brewster Island, home to the iconic Boston Light, celebrates its 301th birthday this summer. Just a little over an hour ferry ride away, you can  take a three-hour Boston Light Climbing Tour that includes a boat cruise, commentary on history, geography, and more from a park ranger, and a chance to climb the ladders and 76 steps up Boston Light’s tower and see the unforgettable view of Boston Harbor from its most recognized (and photographed) gateway.
 
Need something to do with the rugrats when the cousins visit? The National Park Service offers a whole range of kids educational programming including a junior ranger program, ranger for a day, youth fishing instructions, toddler Tuesdays and island detectives!
 
Camping and hiking are some of the most popular activities for visitors, where a tent site rental is just 8 bucks, and yurts can be rented for just $55 per night. Where in Boston can you get a seaside rental for $55 per night? And for the fitness and wellness gurus Spectacle Island offers yoga events and other fitness challenges. 
 
History buff? The islands pack a whopping lesson in colonial New England fact and lore. George’s Island is home to Fort Warren, a historic fort at the entrance to Boston Harbor. Constructed between 1833-1860, Fort Warren was completed shortly after the beginning of the American Civil War.  The fort is an impressive Third System pentagonal star-shaped fort, made of stone and granite. During the Civil War, Fort Warren served as a prison for Confederate officers and government officials. 
For the foodies, Spectacle Island offers clambakes and barbecues during the week!
Get out and enjoy the majesty in our backyards! And summer’s day excursion won’t break the budget, either. Ferry tickets are just $17 for adults, kids under 3 are free and of course the standard senior and military discounts apply.

All you need to plan your trip can be found here!