Free Friday Fun at the Boston Harbor Islands

Posted on July 15, 2010. Filed under: All Ages, Event |

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This Friday, July 16, 2010, enjoy a free roundtrip ferry ticket to the Boston Harbor Islands – The Georges Island or Spectacle Island! Pack a lunch and enjoy a day at one of these great state parks.

Here are the specific details:

Tickets must be obtained at the Boston Harbor Island’s ticket kiosk located on Long Wharf North (near the Aquarium, and just up the dock from Christopher Columbus Park, next to Marriott Long Wharf).  There will be signs directing people to the correct location.  The ticket kiosk will officially open at 8:00 a.m. and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Due to capacity constraints, each adult will be eligible to receive a maximum of 5 tickets.

The first ferry leaves Long Wharf at 8:30 a.m. The last ferry leaves the islands at 8:30 p.m.

(Note: Once tickets have been distributed for all seats on all boats, they will offer up to 2,000 vouchers for $8 boat rides for those turned away.  The Children’s Museum will also offer 50% off admission for those turned away.)

Spectacle Island

Just 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island features hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. Stop in at a “green” visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island. Go swimming on a sandy beach supervised by trained lifeguards, with a new rinsing area and changing station.  Rangers provide daily tours of the island. Walk on 5 miles of trails and take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands. Enjoy a brand new shade shelter at the top of the North drumlin, picnicking gazebos and more. Spectacle Island has Summer Shack food service and refreshments, toilets, and drinking water.

Take the opportunity to enjoy some great activities on Spectacle Island on the 16th:

· Morning Hatha yoga on the beach: 9:30am

· Face painting artists on the Visitor Center porch: 10:00am – 2:00 pm

· Ranger guided tours: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

· Swimming at the life-guarded beach

· Evening Jazz with David Ehle on the Visitor Center porch: 4:00- 7:00pm

Georges Island

Georges Island is a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Boston.  Georges is dominated by historic Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort known for its graceful granite archways and reputed ghost, the Lady in Black. The fort and its grassy parade ground are a popular place for a scenic low-stress walk. Take a ranger-guided tour. Picnic under a shade tree, or grill using one of the islands many grilling areas. See the ramparts, fish off the pier or talk a walk on a rocky beach. Get exceptional views of the surrounding islands, Boston Light and Massachusetts Bay. Georges Island has new visitor center to greet day trippers, a new children’s playground, Summer Shack food service and refreshments, drinking water and toilets.

Events on July 16:

· Ranger guided tours of Fort Warren: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm

· Civil War lawn games and costumed tours

· Plays in the Park: 11:30am and 1:00pm on the Fort Warren Stage

· Explore camping islands or take a boat ride via the interisland shuttle for $3/pp



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