Last-minute Summer Fun on the Boston Harbor Islands
August 20, 2014

There are just two more weekends left before school starts—I know, I know!—but before your calendar fills up with homework, sports, and myriad other activities the school year brings, there’s still time to enjoy some summer fun.

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park is offering more fun things to do that I can list here, from kite-making (and flying) workshops on Spectacle Island to vintage baseball games on Georges Island to nature walks on Peddocks Island. I like to remind everyone about the islands because I think even residents forget how easily accessible they are and how by even just taking the ferry over feels like an adventure, for both kids and adults.

Activities aren’t just limited to the weekends, though more special events are offered on Saturdays and Sundays than during the week. I’ve highlighted what some of the most family-friendly activities below, but make sure to check the park’s website for a full schedule.  

Kids’ Tour of Fort Warren on Georges Island
Saturdays and Sundays through August 31 at 10:30 a.m.
This 1-hour guided tour features the stories and folklore of Fort Warren and moves through the Fort’s dark tunnels and rooms. Fort Warren was built to defend the port of Boston and was staffed with soldiers for about 90 years. Now a National Historic Landmark, Warren held captured Confederates during the Civil War.

Shipwrecks and Lore on Lovells Island
Saturdays and Sundays through August 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Boston Harbor can be a treacherous place. Many shipwrecks have occurred in and around Lovells Island. Learn more about “Lovers Rock” and the famed French warship “Le Magnifique” during this 45-minute program.

Civil War Dress-Up on Georges Island
Saturdays through October 11 at noon.
Children get to dress up in the period clothes of the 1860s. They can put on clothes similar to those worn during the Civil War era and learn a little bit about history of Fort Warren.
At the end of the 2-hour program, kids get in a parade group (photo op!),

Field Day Games on Spectacle Island
Saturdays through August 30 at 1:30 p.m.
This 1-hour program offers new and old backyard and field day games, like bocce, corn hole, Giant Jenga and Frisbee. Challenge your kids to three-legged or potato sack races.

Seaglass Sandscapes on Spectacle Island
Sundays through August 31 at noon.
Join rangers on a 1-hour walk to participate in the recyclable art program, where materials found on the island’s beach are used to create pictures, portraits, mosaics and murals. Your kids’ creation could end up on display in the visitor center.


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