"Small Community facing the Olympic Mountains" Boston Harbor by glabah

Boston Harbor Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 41 photos

Up until the arrival of the automobile, the waters of Puget Sound were dotted with a large number of communities that made sense if the primary mode of transportation was to be small boat or other watercraft. After highways became the dominant mode of transportation and boats much less popular with the general population, many of these communities became largely forgotten until the age of suburban sprawl caught up with even these difficult to get to communities.

Boston Harbor was one such community. Starting a town in this location only makes sense if it is primarily water based. There can be no through roads or railroads here as it is at the end of a peninsula, with the only major thoroughfare being the water right outside the doors of the community.

Today, suburban Olympia is slowly growing northward and eventually will likely envelop the entire community as it is one of the fastest growing areas of the USA. However, as of yet there is still a little farm and forest land separating Boston Harbor from Olympia.

The primary attraction here for tourists is the boat launching ramp and marina near the middle of town, plus the recreational opportunities at Burfoot County Park. The park is primary of local interest and repute, but it is a reasonably attractive beach at low tide (the beach is vastly smaller at hight tide) with views of the Olympic Mountains. As Olympia is the nearest community people are likely to look for, I have put my Burfoot County Park tip primarily into the Olympia area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small, Quiet community at end of Peninsula so not a huge amount of high speed traffic.
  • Cons:Only way to get here is drive or boat or bike. Other than the marina and the forests of Burfoot County Park, there is little recreational activity. Only one house in the community has a public sidewalk, so walking in the street with traffic is needed
  • In a nutshell:Tiny community on the north end of Burfoot Peninsula with some residences and little else of significance, other than one very nice community park.
  • Last visit to Boston Harbor: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 12, 2013
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