We just came back from a pretty special overnight trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. We stayed one night in one of the new yurts, which were installed this spring.
Getting to Boston Harbor Islands
After much internet surfing, I finally discovered THE best way to get to the Boston Harbor Islands. The wharf at Hingham offers free overnight parking passes and there are no transfers. I had envisioned parking at a T stop, taking the Orange Line, then the Blue line, then walking, then the boat to George’s Island, then transferring to Peddocks. It sounded like work with two children. Instead we drove to Hingham in our somewhat air conditioned car, parked, used the restrooms, and got on the boat. Easy-peasy.
We paid for the tickets on board and thoroughly enjoyed the 30 minute ride straight to Peddocks Island. Everyone was very helpful with getting all the stuff and children on and off the boat. Note – the boat’s restrooms are out-of-order, so plan accordingly.
Getting to the Campsite/Yurt
Peddocks Island has a very pleasant air conditioned visitor center with running water, flush toilets, a bit of historical information, and a remarkable amount of activities for children (fishing, exploring the shore for creatures,…). They also have wheelbarrows you can borrow to take all your stuff and children up the hill to the campsite.
It’s about a 10 minute walk up a gentle slope. That being said, it can be a long 10 minutes if one child or another goes on strike in the heat 😉 The road is first sealed, the gravel.
…are beautiful, and I want one! They are large, clean, and super comfortable. There are two double beds, and two single bunks, one on top of each double. There is a large table and two benches inside. Surprisingly, there is electricity and we had two outlets and a floor lamp. Outside has a picnic table and there is one shared composting toilet, and several drinking water faucets.
You have to bring your own sheets or sleeping bags, pillows, plates, cutlery, pots, stove or charcoal. No wood allowed because of those invasive beetles, but each yurt and campsite does have it’s own grill thing. But you can plug in your phone to recharge.
Stuff to Do
We brought one of our Explorer Kits and made heavy use of the coloring book, bubbles, crayons, and the Curious George book. It was too hot to do much running around with the flying disc or ball.
- saw fireflies
- build rock walls
- made rock art
- collected feathers and shells
- played pirate ship on the bunk beds
- climbed around the yurt furniture
- watched boats
- explored the old houses of the Fort
- learned a whole lot of seashore stuff from a Ranger
- went on an extended boat trip to the other islands