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A beach off of Peddocks Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands.  Photo Courtesy of Amy Mahler.

A beach great for swimming, on Peddocks Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands.
Photo Courtesy of Amy Mahler.

Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here!

Spectacle Island has five miles of beautiful hiking, a café, a visitor center with exhibits and a sandy swimming beach. It is also home to the highest point in the harbor with spectacular views. To get there, hop on the ferry at Long Wharf-North in Boston.  While you are at Spectacle Island, enjoy a swim at a lifeguarded beach. If swimming isn’t your thing, Spectacle Island has a marina with day and overnight slips to tie your boat up. So, boat on over to the island and enjoy the serenity.

Spectacle Island also has all sorts of events that take place during the summer. Get your inner Zen on and enjoy a free yoga class looking over the Boston Harbor. Explore Spectacle Island with the New England Aquarium’s, “The Beach and Below: Exploring Spectacle Island” program that looks at the connections between humans and Boston Harbor’s marine environment. The program is great for youngsters and free!

Next, hop on over to Georges Island on a Friday afternoon and play some Civil War lawn games with your child while learning about this important era. Take a ranger-guided tour of Fort Warren and learn more about the Civil War era. Visit the new museum with exhibits about the history of the fort. Georges Island facilities include a full service café, a gift shop, and visitor center with exhibits and picnic shelters with cooking grills.

The other Boston Harbor Islands have similar events going on as well, with yoga, nature walks, youth fishing clinics at Peddocks Island and kayaking tours at Worlds End Island. Whether you are a history buff, prefer the indoors, or enjoy a scenic hike, these islands are a great place for you to explore!

For more information on things to do at the Boston Harbor Islands, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/ to plan your trip!

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Spending my summer as an intern in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, I enjoy writing for the Great Outdoors blog as well as tweeting for the office's twitter accounts. While I am not in the office I can be found working out, playing lacrosse and enjoying time with family and friends. During the year, I am a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I play lacrosse and I am hoping to major in Economics and Environmental Studies.

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