Today, Jennifer recommends George's Island for a little island fun:
With my husband on vacation for a few weeks in July, we took advantage of the many wonderful sites and day trips around Beantown. One of our favorites? A trip out to Georges lsland. My husband (a native of the area) loved going there all the time as a kid and was anxious to show our kiddos how fun an old fort on an island can be!
We had a blast. My son, age 7, with flashlight in hand and an Indiana Jones-style taste for adventure, loved walking through the echo-filled halls of the old Fort Warren structure. I loved hearing about the island's history and taking in the views of Boston harbor. My daughter, age 5, loved braving the dark corners and passageways with her big brother and Dad, as well as the little playground next to the cafe.
Georges Island is a great day out. You pick up the boat right near the Long Wharf hotel and Aquarium. The ride is just about 30 minutes and the crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Once you get to the island (don't forget to take a good look at the awesome view behind you!) the newly renovated visitor's center offers a wonderfully produced short film about the history of the island. The amenities overall are great for families, including the lemonade (out of this world on a hot day) and fried clams at the Summer Shack cafe. We plan to go back to explore some of the other Boston Harbor Islands, including Spectacle Island, which offers all kinds of great summer fun -- sunset clambakes, painting by the sea, and music in the park!