Last Friday, my friend Erin and I took the girls on a day trip to Star Island. We started off bright and early in the morning, driving up to Portsmouth, NH, to catch a ferry boat over to Star, which is one of the Isles of Shoals.
Star Island from the ferry - Star is about 6 or 7 miles off the coast, which is an hour's ferry ride. The girls loved it! And although it was overcast and chilly and the water a bit choppy, nobody really got sick.
Erin and Maggie
From the dock. The main building with the red roof is the Oceanic Hotel. The island is small - only 46 acres - but people have been living on it since 1677!
In the lobby of the hotel - the girls loved this round couch!
The island has a marine science center with fish tanks and touch tanks.
Kate was quite scared of the crabs and starfish, but liked watching the fish. Maggie wanted to touch everything! I think we have a budding scientist here.
The larger of the two gazebos on the island, this one is referred to as the Summerhouse.
The view of Gosport Harbor from the enormous veranda on the front of the hotel.
Don't take my picture!
The girls had so much fun just running around exploring and playing on the playground.
The hotel veranda has tons of rocking chairs on it. It would've been the perfect place to just sit and relax if I hadn't been chasing a couple of crazy monkeys. Actually, the island is so small that if they were just a couple of years older, they could have roamed half the island by themselves and still been visible from this chair. Something to look forward to on future trips!
Finally, after lunch the sun came out!
This bag of pretzels was a good snack, but we decided going inside to get some ice cream and iced coffee would be even better!
Gosport Harbor sail boats in the sunshine
White Island Lighthouse and Seavey Island
The Oceanic from the Summerhouse and the back side of the island
The Summerhouse has benches and picnic tables in it and gorgeous views of the sea.
Quintessential New England Seaside Views
It turned out to be a beautiful day and we all only got a little bit sunburned!