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...
Boston Harbor Islands
Designated a National Recreation Area, the Boston Harbor Islands consist of 34 islands with sandy beaches and hiking trails. Since the...
A Southie tradition since 1951, Sullivan's is beloved for hotdogs in the casing, known as 'Sully's snappers.' In 60-plus years of...
Spectacle Island information
A Harbor Island hub, Spectacle Island has a large marina, a solar-powered visitors center, a healthy snack bar and sandy, supervised beaches. Five miles of walking trails provide access to a 157ft peak overlooking the harbor. Special events include Saturday-morning yoga classes, Sunday-afternoon jazz concerts and Thursday-evening clam bakes. Spectacle Island is relatively close to the city and a ferry runs here directly from Long Wharf (hourly in July and August, less frequently in June and September).