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...
On Location Tours
It’s not Hollywood, but Boston has hosted its share of famous movie scenes. More than 30 films were shot along Boston’s Movie Mile,...
New England Patriots
The three-time Super Bowl champs play football in a new state-of-the-art stadium that’s just 50 minutes south of Boston, but it’s hard...
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).