Sail to the Boston Harbor Islands this Summer

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Sail to the Boston Harbor Islands this Summer

Whether you are a history buff, nature lover or just want an off-shore mini-vacation, the Boston Harbor Islands have something for everyone. Just a ferry ride from the Seaport District (as well as from Hingham), the eight islands (out of 34 that make up the joint national and state park) that are most accessible to the public provide a real break from the city in the summer.

The Harbor Islands are a vital ecological wildlife habitat as well as home to a variety of man-made features, including the oldest continually used light station in the country—Boston Light on Little Brewster Island.

Highlights of a trip to the islands include:
1. The Civil War-era Fort Warren is located on Georges Island, where you can take a tour with a ranger, visit the museum or enjoy a scenic self-guided stroll on the grounds. Georges Island is a great launching point for ferrying to other islands in the park system. You can also catch emerging bands from the Berklee College of Music at the island’s summer concert series.

2. Bumpkin Island offers the chance to camp on a seemingly remote island that is still just 10 miles off the coast. With wildflowers bordering walking trails, slate beaches to wander and ten small (and one group) camping sites available to rent, Bumpkin is a great getaway destination.

3. Thompson Island is unique in that it hosts both its own Outward Bound program and is home to an events center where you can throw an unforgettable wedding or company party. Individuals can also visit Thompson Island on summer weekends and explore salt marshes, nature walks and sandy beaches.

The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year. For more information on how to visit the islands and to check ferry schedules: