Out on the Water
Gentle Ocean Breezes
The Harbor Islands offer a calming refuge from the bustle of the city with only a short, pleasant ferry ride away. The Boston skyline may be plainly visible, but visitors feel a million miles away with a welcome island vibe of gentle ocean breezes, waves lapping against the shore and birds chirping. Visitors can go swimming, boating, camping, and hiking at the Harbor Islands, plus many other exciting activities. Explore Fort Warren on Georges Island and learn about its history: a National Historic Landmark, it was built to defend Boston and played an important role during the Civil War as a training camp for Union troops and a jail for Confederate prisoners. Suggestion: Take a tour from Boston Light - the first lighthouse in the country - to high tech beacons for thousands of commercial and pleasure vessels that still populate the coastline.
Freedom Trail Foundation
Have Fun With Charles River Recreation
Charles River Recreation is dedicated to providing unique outdoor recreational opportunities in the Boston metropolitan area. Today they operate Charles River Canoe & Kayak, headquartered in Newton and offering canoe and kayak sales, classes, guided trips, and five rental locations; Weston Ski Track, located at the Martin Golf Course in Weston and offering cross-country skiing and instruction on groomed, lighted trails; and Kendall Square Community Ice Skating, a refrigerated, Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Rent one of their canoes or kayaks and see Boston and Cambridge from a new perspective. Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country. You’ll have views of Harvard University, MIT, Boston University and the Cambridge and Boston skylines are exceptional from the river. Offering hourly and daily rentals of canoe and kayaks, this is a Boston’s must do.