Amazing Outdoor Workouts: Paddle

Mix surf, cardio, and seldom-explored coastline for an exciting workout.

Boston Harbor Islands Treasure Map

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Take a day (or an overnight) to explore the Boston Harbor Islands. You’ll see sights that the tourists on ferry boats never lay eyes on — just don’t forget the sunscreen. — Casey Lyons

Hingham Harbor’s naturally calm waters, lack of boat traffic, and abundance of nearby archipelagoes make it ideal for inexperienced kayakers. Sarah, Ragged, and Langlee islands are just five minutes from shore. Reach Grape Island, complete with ranger services, hiking, and a picnic area, in a half hour. Skirt the southern coast of Peddocks Island and come ashore at the sandy beach opposite Fort Andrews, a circa-1900 brick complex.
Launch on Otis Street in Hingham.

Brave strong currents and commercial traffic, and you’ll be rewarded with a day of solitude at the less-frequented outer islands. From Pemberton Point in Hull, it’s a 40-minute paddle to Little Brewster Island and Boston Light. Head up to Calf Island—often called Chimney Island for the standing remains of an old manse—and land on the western side’s cove. Hike the trail and rest in the shady bowers beneath stands of sumac.
Launch at the end of Main Street in Hull.