Adventures: Power Trip

Do the Boston Harbor Islands at your own speed: by powerboat.

Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin offer year-round camping for $8 to $10 per night. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, reserve individual or group sites via or by calling 877-422-6762. After September 5, you can get permits from the state at 781-740-1605, ext. 205. Private boaters can unload and anchor, then row in by dinghy.

Just past the dock, on the northwest side of Georges, you’ll find picnic tables, grills, and plenty of areas perfect for spreading a blanket and admiring the city skyline seven miles away. The island is open through mid-October (it’s also reachable by ferry and offers a free interisland water taxi). Our favorite thing about Georges, though, is Fort Warren, an 1847 fort that served as a Confederate prison. Park rangers give tours, but you’ll also want to wander around on your own. Don’t miss the military parade ground, the grassy ramparts, and the plaques that mark the quarters of the Union officers known for making Fort Warren one of the most humane war prisons of the era. There’s a good ghost story, too, but we’ll leave that telling to the rangers.

For more information, call the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area’s ranger line at 617-223-8666, or go to to learn about free programs and events.