Our Great Outdoors: Hitting Boston’s Harbor Islands


If you haven’t experienced Boston Harbor Islands, you’re missing out on some of the best the city has to offer. Pack a picnic lunch, grab some sunscreen and hop on the ferry for a quick (and inexpensive) ride. You’ll soon be seeing Boston in a whole new light.

The Harbor Islands have something happening almost any day you go during the summer. You can tour the fort at Georges or get fit on Spectacle with beachfront yoga. But there are some special events on the calendar that make the island scene even more delightful.

Here are three ways to experience the Harbor Islands this summer:

The Artists’ Way
The Isles Arts Initiative will transform Georges and Spectacle into immense galleries, with installations reaching across both bodies. The weekend series happens all summer long and has a companion exhibit at the Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Sunset Cruise and Clambake
On Thursday evenings, Rita’s Catering hosts a classic New England clambake with steamers, lobster, drinks and dessert. These cruises make for a great date, but they do sell out, so be sure to register well ahead of time.

Musical Accompaniment
The gifted students of Berklee College of Music set up shop every week on the islands. Hear Saturday jazz on Georges and come to Spectacle on Sundays for an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and punk.

Even if you can’t squeeze in a special event, the Harbor Islands are well worth a visit any day of the week. We hope to see you there soon.

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