Looking to soak up some history and nature without venturing too far outside Boston? Though Georges Island is closed for a good chunk of the year, between mid-May and early October, every day from 10:00 – 14:00 (09:00 – 15:00 on weekends) you can catch the hourly ferry out to Georges Island, a beautiful harbor island complete with scenic views, picnic areas, a historic fort, and its very own ghost!
The ferry ticket from Boston Harbor Cruises costs $17, and it’s well worth the money – the trip itself is a breezy forty-five minute ride each way, and a tour guide will point out landmarks and provide a brief history of the area to passengers. The ferry drops you off at the Georges Island Visitor Center, which provides you with a seating area, snack bar, and bathrooms. However, feel free to bring your own food – the island is scattered with scenic picnic areas with seating, tables, and grills.
The main attraction of Georges Island is Fort Warren. This fort, built during the civil war, is absolutely wonderful to explore. You could (and I have!) spend an entire afternoon hiking around the walls and wandering through the empty corridors. I recommend you bring a flashlight – though most of the rooms are well-lit and contain placards explaining the history of the fort, a few of the rooms are pitch black and somewhat spooky!
Overall, Georges Island is a must-see for anyone visiting Boston, and is a great way to spend a breezy Spring afternoon.