On Friday, August 19th, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, through the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, will offer free ferry tickets for visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands national park area.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a trip to either Spectacle or Georges Islands to escape the city for a fun outdoor excursion. Have a picnic, swim off the life-guarded beach at Spectacle, take a yoga or Zumba class, listen to jazz, hike the trails of Spectacle, or explore Fort Warren. Food service is available on the Islands, with Jasper White’s Summer Shack offering an expanded full service menu on Spectacle Island. The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program provides free admission to some of Massachusetts’ most well known attractions every Friday for ten weeks in the summer.

WHO: All are welcome! No groups please.

WHAT: Free Fun Friday Ferry Tickets to the Boston Harbor Islands – Due to high demand, all tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket kiosk on Long Wharf opens at 8 am. No advance reservations. Parties are limited to five. Valid only on Friday, August 19th, a return time will be assigned when tickets are allocated.

WHEN: Friday, August 19th, 2011 – Ferries will be running from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, departing every half-hour

WHERE: Tickets can be picked up at Boston’s Long Wharf North. Boats depart from the Boston’s Long Wharf North, next to the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel, adjacent to Christopher Columbus Park, near the Aquarium T stop in downtown Boston.

To see the 2011 Boston Harbor Island Alliance brochure as well as a ferry schedule, visit www.islandalliance.org.  For more information about the Boston Harbor Islands national park area, visit www.bostonharborislands.org.