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Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
617-223-8666
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Ranked #75 of 210 attractions in Boston
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Type: Islands
Activities: Birdwatching
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Canton, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
48 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This island is just what you need to relax from all of your tours in the city. Take time to sit on the beach after taking the Ferry and enjoy the views of. Boston. Watch the sailboats and other mariners. Walk the trails, they aren't long at all, and get a good view from the top to take some nice... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lovely boat ride, clear water for a swim (pretty cold but then that's the North Atlantic for you) great place for a medium length walk and fascinating history. Great day out for those looking to combine swim, walk, boat ride and history in one day and not travel far. The great views of Boston from the boast are a bonus!

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Beachwood, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had heard about this island through a Seaglass Collector website. It did not disappoint. It is a short 15-20 minute Ferry ride from Long Wharf in Boston Harbor (near the Aquarium) to the island. The ferry ride was a pleasant journey with a tour narration along the way. My wife that gets airsick and carsick did not get seasick.... More

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Milford, Massachusetts
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390 reviews 390 reviews
226 attraction reviews
636 helpful votes 636 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Spectacle Island, a short ferry ride from Boston, is a wonderful way to spend a day. There are many activities that are posted as you arrive on the island.....kayaking, crafts for kids, yoga, and even jazz on Sundays by Berklee College of Music performers. There are also hikes as well as making mosaics of sea glass. The Boston Harbor Times... More

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Woodland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

For both the ferry and a hike on Spectacle Island. We only had an afternoon and it was a great way to spend the time. Great for adults and children.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I think Spectacle Island was a great day trip for those who like just being outdoors. There are easy walking trails and a little beach and good facilities. It won't knock your socks off but if you want to go to a unique outdoor escape, I think this is a great one. The ferry ride was nice and inexpensive. Basically... More

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Cambridge
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106 reviews 106 reviews
35 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Spectacle Island is a good place to spend a few hours. It's got a small beach, basic bathrooms and outdoor showers, changing rooms. The food is minimal so a picnic might be a good idea. Very little shade so bring a hat. Also remember that it's a national/state park so it's carry-in/carry-out. That means all the stuff you bring to... More

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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188 reviews 188 reviews
76 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The island was a dump site until the 1950's and then they used the dirt from The Big Dig and topped it 60' to stop emissions. It has a 2 1/2 mile corkscrew path up to the top or you may chose the shorter 1/2 mile path. The only bathroom is at the dock. You can fly kites up top,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Spectacle Island is a gateway island to the Harbor Islands Park. Many ferries go there, and there are facilities on the island. The island is made of landfill from the Big Dig, so while it is pretty, it isn't natural. The State did a pretty good job of vegetating it, but there are several fubars: the marina is where the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

The island is only average, it is a capped garbage dump after all, but throw in the boat ride and the scenery and I rank the whole experience very good

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