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 302nd 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 little ones 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, and island detectives!
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. Don’t miss the Legend of the Lady in Black tour either!
Get out and enjoy the majesty in our backyards! And summer’s day excursion won’t break the budget, either. Ferry tickets are just $19.95 for adults, kids under 3 are free, family four-pack for $49 and of course the standard senior and military discounts apply.