Visitors can go swimming, boating, camping, and hiking, among many activities available at the islands. And they can 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.
There are also special events planned at the islands. On Saturday, June 1, for example, you could cheer on teams playing 19th-century Vintage Baseball with original rules and uniforms on Georges Island from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Just curious: How do organizers know the game will end by 2:30? Did the Civil War-era rules prohibit extra innings?) On Sunday, June 16, guitarist David Ehle will kick off the Jazz on the Porch series at Spectacle Island with a show from noon to 4 p.m. And on Saturday, June 22, visitors are invited to Go Fly a Kite from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Spectacle Island, one of the city's premier kite-flying spots. For a complete listing of events see the Harbor Islands calendar. Wear comfortable footwear, bring a bathing suit, pack a lunch, and spend a few hours on an island mini-getaway, Boston-style. Boston Harbor Islands Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Service- Runs through September 2, 2013.
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