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Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Calendar
Thursday, August 25 • 8:30am - 4:00pm
Free Founders Day

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Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service with a free trip to Spectacle or Georges Island!

Explore historic Fort Warren on Georges Island or walk Spectacle island's sandy beaches and winding trails.  Catch the ferry to either island right from downtown Boston's Long Wharf North... for free!  Enjoy other free activities and events just steps from where the ferry departs in Christopher Columbus Park.

Ferry tickets are first-come, first-served.  Limit four tickets per adult.  No advance reservations.  Tickets become available starting at 8am the day of the event at the Boston Harbor Cruises Ferry Center at Long Wharf North.  Arrive early, as this event will sell out fast!


Not sure which island to visit? Check out some of the (free!) activities you can do on each:

GEORGES ISLAND (50 min ferry ride)
  • Learn about the island's past on a Civil War Living History Tour
  • Search for the Ghost of the Lady in Black
  • Explore Fort Warren
  • Enjoy activities just for kids: Build-a-Fort (11a-1p) and Art Cart (1:30p-3p)
  • Listen to a traditional Fife & Drum core as you stroll the island

SPECTACLE ISLAND (30 min ferry ride)
  • Relax to Jazz on the porch with Berklee College of Music
  • Enjoy a professional kite-flying demonstration
  • Swim at Spectacle Island's beach (life guard on duty)
  • Explore the island's miles of trails while taking in the view of Boston

Waiting for the ferry or staying ashore? Enjoy a full program of events right by Long Wharf:

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PARK (Boston)
9:00a -10:00p: Healthy Hearts, Healthy Bodies Fitness program
10:00a-10:45a: Josh and Jamtones Kid's Concert
10:00a-12:00p: New England Aquarium touch tank
11:00a-11:30a: Centennial kick-off celebration
12:00p-1:00p, 2:00p-3:00p: Berklee College of Music concerts
1:00p: Freedom Trail photo workshop with Elliot Higger
1:15p-2:00p:Sea Shanty Music
3:00p-4:00p: Zumix DiverCity Concert


Thursday August 25, 2016 8:30am - 4:00pm
Georges Island and Spectacle Island Boston Harbor

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