Boston Harbor Islands // The love boat

les iles du port de boston

Among our places-to-see list in Boston, there was “going to the Boston Harbor Islands”. Visiting these islands in Boston Bay is possible from the end of June to Labor Day – first Monday of September, that let us only 2 months to get motivated to go there. It’s done now: we did it last Sunday. After a good brunch, we were ready for a boat trip.

Boston Light

Little Brewster Island and the Boston Light, one of the oldest in the USA. We couldn’t go very close to it, I just zoomed a lot.

Georges Island

We started the visit with Georges Island. Its main and only attraction is Fort Warren, not in good shape, you can visit it though. The fort was used as a jail during the Civil War, and since then, there’s a ghost wandering in the ruins, the Lady in Black.

Georges Island

Walk around the island only took us 30 minutes, with breaks at each bench we crossed.

Boston, de loin

Boston view from Georges Island, 11 km away offshore. Prisoners tried to escape swimming… but they failed.

Spectacle Island

Second step of the day, Spectacle Island, which name derives from its glasses shape.

Spectacle Island

We had a really nice walk on Spectacle, along a trail leading us on the hill top, with a great view on the harbor and Boston. It was at least 85°F without any shade shelter, and without any hat. We were cute Sunday walkers with only sandals and espadrilles.

Healthy Trail Spectacle Island

The history of Spectacle Island is pretty chaotic: first, 2 hotels, which closed because of illicit activities. Then there was a rendering plant, an incinerator and eventually it’s was just a trash place. Now it’s healthy, as the sign said it, even if I didn’t want to swim in the water, pretty dirty.

Boston HarborSpectacle Island is very charming, anyway I didn’t feel the usual loneliness I felt on others islands: we see the city, big plants, docks, the airport is very close, there’s a huge airplanes and boats traffic.

Shutter Island

On the ferry, we crossed Peddocks Island, where there’s also a fort. It’s the island used partially as a decor for the Scorsese movie, Shutter Island (we asked: there’s no psychiatric hospital on it). There are currently works to make the island more visitor friendly.

Long Island Bridge Boston Harbor Islands

This huge steel bridge bounds Boston to this restricted access island. So we just waved at the island, without stopping by. There are social service centers, abandoned hotels, and some other creepy stuff for an isolated island.


The ferry ticket costs only 15$  to visit both islands, Georges and Spectacle. It was a sunny and lazy walk, with a great view of Downtown Boston. We haven’t tried but we could have brought food to grill, there’s stuff to do it!


We did a short video of this day. The music, it’s Cry, cry from Mazzy Star. Contrary to what the title suggests, I’ve always found this song very sunny and “vacation day sound”. 

Next on our places-to-see list: Cape Cod (not in Boston, yeah, but close), a Whale Watching tour. Any other ideas?


Writer, organizer and social media-ter for my own blog. When I'm not in front of my laptop, I'm organizing guided tours of Boston with my own company "Boston le nez en l'air". It's in French!

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  • Reply Jul 24 2012


    Cette journée a l’air d’avoir été bien agréable…. La vidéo est très sympa.

  • Reply Jul 25 2012


    oui, vidéo bien faite, qui donne envie ! Mets-en plus !

  • Reply Jul 26 2012


    @LadyMilonguera Merci !
    @mpp Pour une fois c’est Manu qui a filmé, je ne sais pas si on reconnaît son style… On va faire plein de vidéos en août, c’est sûr… mais poster en septembre, ce sera pour la rentrée.

  • Reply Jul 26 2012


    Tes photos sont belles !!! Je suis allée à Boston, mais pendant l’hiver … On a beaucoup aimé l’ambiance, c’est très calme, reposant ! Je vis aussi aux US depuis deux ans et l’on adore voyager !! Donc j’espère à bientôt 😀 !!

  • Reply Sep 2 2014

    patricia barbier

    Je rêve de visiter boston et salem avec vos photos magnifiques j ai trop hâte vivement l an prochain

  • Reply Mar 5 2015


    Quel beau pays !!! Vos photos sont supers jolies et elles donnent vraiment envie de partir explorer ce continent. Car, j’adore l’Amérique du nord mais sans oublier oublier l’Amérique du sud qui regorge là aussi de pures merveilles. Bonne route à vous et à bientôt (super votre blog !).

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