Thompson Island was settled as early as 1626 by a Scotsman, David Thompson, who set up a trading post to do business with the Neponset...
Castle Island & Fort Independence
The 19th-century Fort Independence sits on 22 acres of parkland called Castle Island (a misnomer, as it’s connected to the mainland). A...
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam
Rock and rhyme meet on Monday nights at the Lizard Lounge, from 9pm. The schedule is similar to the Cantab, but the poets are...
A Southie tradition since 1951, Sullivan's is beloved for hotdogs in the casing, known as 'Sully's snap dogs.' In 60-plus years of...
Spectacle Island information
A Harbor Island hub, Spectacle Island has a large marina (admission $20 to $30 per day), a solar-powered visitors center, a healthy snack bar and supervised beaches. Five miles of walking trails provide access to a 157ft peak overlooking the harbor. Special events include live jazz and Dixie music on Sunday afternoons and occasional kite-flying festivals. Spectacle Island is relatively close to the city and a ferry runs here directly from Long Wharf (hourly 9am-5pm daily, to 6pm Saturday and Sunday early May to early September).