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Visit Boston Harbor Islands This Summer – Five Things You Can Do

Come summer and many people dream of going to Hawaii, the Caribbean islands or other tropical destinations for a beach vacation. Little do they realize that there are many destinations in the US itself, offering affordable summer vacation options for all kinds of travelers. One such destination is Boston Harbor Islands, which is an excellent vacation spot for Bostonians as well as those in and around Massachusetts, locking for a quick getaway from the daily routine during summers. If you have set your mind on visiting the Boston Harbor Islands this summer, here are five things you can do.


Lighthouse Tours

One of the best ways to spend time during your vacation in Harbor Islands is to go on a lighthouse tour. The UMass Boston Marine Operations as well as the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands are two organizations offering all-inclusive lighthouse tours during summers. These tours are a must if you enjoy visiting places of historical importance and if you want to see breathtaking views of the islands, the sea and the city too. The cost of these tours is around $30 for adults and $15 for kids.


Kayaking in the sea

Enjoy kayaking? Then one of the many things you can do during a vacation in the Boston Harbor Islands is to go kayaking in the sea. Paddle through the calm waters of the ocean around the islands, and feel the salty ocean breeze on your face. There are many tour operators offering kayaking tours for beginners as well as experienced individuals. Be sure to find out about these tours in advance and book your place in advance as the number of seats in such group tours is limited to 10.



Summer brings along with it a number of artists to Boston Harbor Islands. There are a number of concerts lined up around summer time in the region, so find out about them and get your tickets before they are cold out. The local Berkley College of Music also hosts a weekly jazz event on alternate Sundays in summer, through August 31.


Visit Thompson Island

One of the less known destinations, Thompson Island has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Guided tours are offered to this island every Sunday and last 45 minutes long. The best part is that these trips cost you nothing, which is why you shouldn’t miss them.


Food and Drink

Enjoy the after-hours barbecue on Friday or opt for a sunset clambake every Thursday on Spectacle Island. The food tickets cost $85 for meat lovers and $65 for vegetarians. You can also buy additional tickets for wine and beer separately. After hours barbecue is held on Friday evenings at Rita’s. The tickets cost the same as sunset clambake for vegetarians and meat eaters, but at Rita’s they also include ferry rides, fire pits, lawn games and soft drinks.