If you’re looking for a slightly different experience in Boston this summer, one of our greatest hidden treasures is only a short ferry ride from downtown Boston. When you visit the Boston Harbor Islands, you can explore a Civil War-era fort, enjoy nature trails, get some sun on the beach, and more! There are several islands accessible either by bridge from the mainland or by ferry. Here are three of our favorites:
Spectacle Island: This island offers a series of nature trails and a beautiful sandy beach. Swimming in New England waters can sometimes be a bracing experience, but here you’ll find some of the warmest water in New England, reaching the high 60s in the middle of summer. Spectacle Island also features the highest point in the harbor, offering gorgeous panoramic views of the city skyline.
Georges Island: Fort Warren, a historic Civil War-era fort, dominates most of this island. You can explore on your own or take a ranger-guided tour of the stunning granite architecture of the fort. Watch out for the island’s ghost, the the Lady in Black! Also, as a primary destination for the harbor ferries, Georges Island is the perfect place to stop to catch the smaller boats between islands.
Peddocks Island: The largest island in Boston Harbor also sits close to the mainland. Featuring several historic buildings, nature trails, and an unsupervised beach, this is one of the most diverse islands and gives you a taste of everything Boston Harbor has to offer.
There are several other islands in the Harbor accessible via ferry and water shuttle and we encourage our guests to visit! Although they are a popular destination in the summer, there are still many locals who have never taken the ferry trip to the islands. When you visit our Boston bed and breakfast, consider exploring one of the best hidden treasures our city has to offer with a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands!