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Check out the real Shutter Island

Posted by guest  February 17, 2010 06:08 AM

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It’s been hard to avoid the commercials and trailers for “Shutter Island,” the new Martin Scorsese movie that opens in theaters on Friday. The movie is based on a novel by Boston’s own Dennis Lehane and set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor.

You won’t find a hospital for the criminally insane among the 34 isles in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area, but some of the other landmarks on Shutter Island — such as its lighthouse, old fort buildings that once housed POWs, and cemetery — are inspired by actual places on the islands.

If “Shutter Island” has you inspired to learn more about its real-life counterparts, you don’t have to wait until the summertime. The park is sponsoring a boat trip to Spectacle Island on Saturday, February 20. It’s a rare chance to see one of the harbor islands in the wintertime. Hopefully, there’s a blanket of snow since REI will be sponsoring snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

You can also hike the island trails that lead to incredible vistas of downtown Boston and the other islands.

Boats leave from Quincy and Boston’s Long Wharf. Cost is $14. Click here for more information.

Christopher Klein is the author of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands.


In "Shutter Island'' Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo, center left in fedora) and Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio, center right) are two detectives sent to investigate a disappearance on an island prison for the criminally insane.









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