I recently took a trip to see my college friend Z, who lives in Boston, and look what I found? (Well, actually he found them…) Wilderness areas just a short boat ride away from downtown beantown.
That’s Z on the boat with Boston behind him.
Looking at the water from the fort on George’s Island.
From the dock area of Georges Island you can see the city!
Several of the islands offer camping (you have to reserve a spot for your tent), and it’s a pretty easy way to get away from it all and not have to spend gobs of money, like it’s easy to do on Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Martha’s Vineyard. You do get to ride in boats to get there though, which I thought was pretty fun.
Once you arrive at Bumpkin, Peddocks or Grape Island (some of the camping islands) you don’t even have to hike very far, as you and your gear get delivered pretty close to campsites.
Grape Island debarkation
Peddocks Island has another fort to explore (dare you to sleep in the creepy abandoned fort!)
Of course, you can always just go for a day trip and just enjoy the cool waters and rocky beaches of the islands, which is all I managed on my first visit there.