Posted by: 6x6pix | August 21, 2009

Cool Shooting: Fort Warren

Right around now most of you are probably wondering where you can go around town to beat the heat and still get some cool shots. Just in time for the stickiest weekend of the summer, we’ve got a great idea for you: hit up Fort Warren, on George’s Island.

Most areas inside the decommissioned Fort Warren are open for exploration, and yield many great photos to the intrepid photographer willing to tote a tripod and a flashlight out to George’s Island. Best of all, it’s 10-15 degrees cooler inside the fort!

The 30-minute ride out on the Harbor Islands ferry is itself a pleasant, breezy treat on sweltering days like these. Take the last ferry home to catch the inner harbor and Boston skyline bathed in luscious late-afternoon light.

This summer the brick visitors’ center building, which houses real bathrooms and a small snack bar, is undergoing renovations. Temporary “executive style” porta-potty facilities are in place in front of the fort, but during construction there is no food or water available on the island — so remember to bring your own. The island has some picnic tables, a shade shelter, and a few grill enclosures if you want to make a day of it (bring charcoal if you plan to grill).

For exploring the fort, a flashlight is a must — many great areas can only be reached via unlit halls or stairways, and even on the brightest days, it’s pitch black in there once you get in beyond daylight’s reach.



  1. This is a great idea. In fact, I was there last weekend!

    One thing I can add to this otherwise spot-on blog entry is that, at least when I was there, there was a small stand serving cold bottled water–it’s to the left of the boat launch as you’re walking toward the picnic tent.

    The interior is blessedly cool and offers interesting lighting and sound effects, for those who might want to shoot some video. Just realize that kids love to yell and run about, although the crowds are often wary of exploring too far inside, as the dark is as black as it gets.

  2. Thanks Jim — I had forgotten that the last time I was there, a few weeks ago, there was a hot dog cart just outside the entrance to the fort — that guy was also selling cold drinks.

    Hope you got some good shots in the fort — and please feel free to post a link to them, or if they’re on flickr you can add them to the BPC pool if you want — I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d love to see them!

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