It's the high season here in Stockholm now with some great weather... and on these days many visitors want to head out to the archipelago to cool off. This can mean long lines to crowded boats. However, there is a way to get a feel of the archipelago without traveling by boat: the seaside resort town of Saltsjöbaden. It is located just south-east of Stockholm and is easy to get to using the commuter train line called Saltsjöbanan. The train runs twice an hour, traveling between Slussen (just a 10 minute walk from the Rival Hotel) and Saltsjöbaden. The trip takes 30 minutes and all SL tickets & access cards as well as the Stockholm Card work, otherwise it is 45 SEK for one-way ticket. As the trains go quite often, you can choose to spend a full or half day there.
I took the trip yesterday with my parents, just to get out of the city and enjoy a relaxing lunch by the water. Saltsjöbaden is a sleepy town and boat harbor. There is a hotel there and several restaurants, including Holmen and Aqua. Many Swedes go to Saltsjöbaden to enjoy the beach or go boating. There is a gated sandy beach area called Salsjöbadens Friluftsbad where they have slides, trampolines, a restaurant as well as changing areas. To get there, just walk down to the harbor and cross the small bridge to the island and then follow the path around to the other side. The price is 60 SEK for adults and 30 SEK for children between 7 and 15 years of age. On a budget? People do enjoy the sun and swim from the nearby rocky outcroppings.