Many people forget that there are awesome island parks in Boston Harbor where you can explore, have a picnic, and cool off in the sea breeze! All you need to do to enjoy a day on the ocean is pack some healthy treats (like these sandwiches or these strawberry bars) and sunscreen, check the ferry schedule and head down to the wharf.
We’ve rounded up a bunch of the best family activities out on the islands this summer, check them out!
Spectacle Island: Great for swimming and views of the Boston skyline
- Island Yoga (Saturday, June 20 at 10:15 am): Registration required!
- Kite Flying (Saturdays at 12): What better place to fly a kite than the highest point in the harbor! Materials are provided to make a kite or you can bring your own.
- Field Day Games (Saturdays at 1:30): Play some classic field day games like bocce ball, corn hole, Frisbee, potato sack races, and relay races!
- Toddler Tuesdays (Tuesdays at 10 am, starting July 7): An island day specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers that includes a short nature walk, beach fun, and storytelling.
- Kayaking (Monday, starting July 6): Free guided kayak tours are a great way to see the island and learn more about its history (for kids 12 years old and up).
Georges Islands: Home of Fort Warren
- Storming the Fort! (Saturdays at 11:15): Join a kid friendly tour of Fort Warren and learn more about Boston’s History.
Peddocks Island: One of the largest islands in the harbor
- Nature Walk (Saturdays at 9:30): The tour teaches kids and adults about the plants and animals that live on the trails and beaches of Peddocks Island.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can book a camp site on one of the islands and spent the night out on the water. Each campsite has picnic tables and grills. Each island has slightly different accommodations, check out the site for more information.
You can also just take the ferry out and spend the day playing games with the family. Check out some of our previous posts for equipment free activities!
(Image courtesy of BostonHarborIslands.org)