Day Tripping: Boston Harbor Islands
A couple weekends ago when it was VERY hot in the city, rather than decamp to Cape Ann I explored the Boston Harbor Islands with a friend. We had a blast and I highly recommend it. I explored two different islands, but would absolutely go out and explore more. There's an event calendar and you can see the great line-up of events the islands have to offer!
Arriving in Boston | Leaving Spectacle
The ferry to Georges Island leaves approx. every hour and is $17/ticket--you can even get tickets online. No need for a return ticket, and if you want to bop around between islands you just hop on and off of the ferries as they come in. Pretty neat! Just keep an eye on the schedules.
There were snack bars with alcohol on all of the boats and they all also had seats on the top deck which was fun since it was a beautiful day to be on a boat on the water. The one to Georges was pretty big, the one to and from Spectacle was a little smaller, but they were all clean, safe, and well-done with really great crews.
On the way out of the harbor, there was a tour! A woman on a loudspeaker highlighted points of interest and backstories. At first I was too cool for school... but it was actually pretty good info and I ended up really enjoying the points of interest she pointed out!
Georges Island has a fort and is perfect for exploring. There are plaques in a lot of places to educate yourself, a great visitors center with lots of historical information about the island, and a whole fort to explore! People are dressed in old-fashioned attire and will teach you about life back in the day when the fort was active. There were some art installations, a big field where people were playing with a frisbee, grills and picnic tables where people had set up shop, a little beach, a snack bar, and there are even tours of the island. So neat!
Choco Taco | The sand at Spectacle
Some of the islands allow you to camp out, which seems like it could be a fun adventure! We saw people leaving Georges with sleeping bags and they seemed like they had a great time.