Living in Boston, I often take for granted how many wonderful things there are to do here. I’ve become so “comfortable” walking past Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library everyday that I forget how much Boston has to offer tourists. Over the weekend, my fiancé and I decided to go to the Boston Harbor Islands and pretend to be visitors in our own city.
For $14, you can buy a roundtrip ticket to Georges Islands. How do you get there? By boat, of course! Insider tip – purchase tickets on their website and avoid the long line (you’ll save SO much time!). The 25-minute boat ride was by far my favorite part of the trip. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than cruising the waters of Boston Harbor on a sunny, Saturday afternoon. The scenery from the boat is spectacular! As we ventured further into the ocean, the city skyline came into perfect view behind us and I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to live in such a gorgeous place!
Georges Island is definitely worth a few hours of your time on a weekend day. I’d recommend staying for about 2-3 hours. You need to book both your trip times together (to and from Boston), so make sure you plan ahead. This will give you just enough time to walk the island, explore the fort and picnic on the grassy fields. We opted to get food there and found the pickings were…well…slim. Summer Shack has an outpost on the Island that resembles more of a shack open in the summer than any Summer Shack restaurant I’ve visited. Oh Jasper White, what WERE you thinking? Bad dining aside, the fort is pretty cool. Back in the Civil War days, Fort Warren was used as a training ground, patrol point and prison for Confederate captures. If you’re into exploring, there are dozens of small hallways and underground passages in the fort, but beware: there is no working electricity, so bring flashlights. I was a wimp (we forgot flashlights!), and wasn’t very excited about being in the dark – creepy! If you’re up for an adventure, definitely check it out.
My favorite part of Georges Island was the rocky coastline. Signs warn to “Stay off the uneven rocks”, but obviously, everyone still takes the risk…me in Tory Burch flats, nonetheless (are you getting the idea that I’m not exactly an Adventure Queen?). We found a great area of rocks to rest and sunbathe on. The view was spectacular; only ocean spread out in front of us and the breeze was fantastic! It was like we were on our own private island – I mean, where else in Boston can you find that?
All in all, Georges Island is a fun day trip that won’t break your budget. Reminder – bring your own food (tons of picnic benches & grass available) and a flashlight!
Posted by Alyssa