Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cheap Summer: Explore Georges Island

You can get to Georges Island from the Quincy and Hingham ferries.  Now, fare is only $1.70 one way (children under 12 are free).  Come July 1st, this fare raises to $3 one way.  Plus you have to pay to park ($3 at Quincy, $4 at Hingham).  Lots of events this summer at Georges - and it's part of the DCR Park Passport program.  

For more information, visit Georges Island's website - I just cut and paste a lot of it here.  Technology is wonderful like that.  

Georges Island is dominated by historic Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort known for its graceful granite archways and reputed ghost, the Lady in Black. The fort and its grassy parade ground are a popular place for a scenic low-stress walk. Take a ranger-guided tour or visit the new museum with exhibits about the history of the fort. Picnic under a shade tree. Get exceptional views of the surrounding islands and Boston Light from the ramparts and towers. Georges Island is a frequent stop for the island ferries and provides a jumping-off point for other islands.

Georges Island Facilities

  • Snack Shack with seafood menu:  open Friday through Sunday from May 5 to May 27 and during the fall season; 7 days a week from May 30 to Sept. 3.
  • Gift Shop with camping supplies; Civil War items; books; and Boston Harbor Islands gifts.
  • Venue for catered events.
  • Visitor center full of exhibits.
  • Picnic shelters and cooking grills.
  • Drinking water and toilet facilities.

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