boston harbor islands

Fitness in Boston: Free Summer Classes

The Boston fitness scene is booming! One of the major perks of working with fitness professionals in Boston has been learning about all the cool fitness-related events going on in the city. I decided to start a new feature on my blog to share them with you all, sound good??

First post! There are so many *free* fitness happenings going on all summer long that are definitely worth taking advantage of. Here are a few coming up in the next few weeks to check out:

6/21: Yoga and Pilates instructor Jacqui Mimno will be teaching a free Summer Solstice Shape-up class outside of Equinox Franklin Street on Friday, June 21 at 11:45am.

6/22: The North End Health and Beauty Alliance is having its first annual NEWHBA-fest 2013 on Saturday, June 22 at Christopher Columbus Park. There will be several fitness classes, exhibitors and performers throughout the day.

The W Hotel is hosting a series of free classes on Monday evenings in June called TURN UP THE BEAT: Cardio Pilates Bootcamp with Ali Baldassare. Guaranteed to make you sweat (I've taken this class, it's intense)!

Norman B. Leventhal Park is offering a summer series of classes in PO Square including yoga with Kendall Covitz (On an Inhale). Check out their Facebook page for a complete schedule.

Crossfit at the Greenway: Every Wednesday in June from 6:00-7:00pm, City Sports is sponsoring free CrossFit sessions led by an instructors from Reebok Crossfit Back Bay.

Spectacle Island: this Boston Harbor Island is hosting a variety of fitness events throughout the summer including Let's Move! Fitness Programs and Island Yoga. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.

Did I miss any? Let me know!

What are you doing to stay fit this summer?

Peddocks Island, Boston Harbor


I am a big fan of the Boston Harbor Islands. Growing up in Boston, I was only vaguely aware of their existence. When I moved to the North End in 2006, tourism to the islands was picking up and the more I learned about their nature and history, the more interested I became in these lesser known Boston "neighborhoods." I joined the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, which promotes tourism to the islands and funding for preservation, and I love getting out there whenever I can (see my photos from Georges Island, seals, and Spectacle Island). 

Boston's Best Cruises offers special off-season winter cruises to select islands and this year they were going to Peddocks Island. I was especially interested in this island since it's been closed to tourists for the last few years because of renovations. Despite the cold temps, my mom agreed to join me and it was definitely worth the trip-

Seaside chapel at Fort Andrews.

A distant view of the Boston skyline. 

Fort Andrews, active from 1900 through WWII.




A view of the very tip of Hull (and a 50' drop!).

Regular ferry service to the islands starts in May. For more information about the Boston Harbor Islands, check out these links: