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Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
617-223-8666
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Ranked #79 of 209 attractions in Boston
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Type: Islands
Activities: Birdwatching
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Milford, Massachusetts
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384 reviews 384 reviews
223 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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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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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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34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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79 helpful votes 79 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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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Boston has been in the high 90s and to get a break from the heat it was wonderful to take a day trip to spectacle island. We swam and did some walking and really enjoyed ourselves. The cafe though is very basic and not great so take a packet lunch - I will next time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We went to Spectacle Island in June of 2009 with a Great Aunt, who lived on the island as a child. She was a wonderful tour guide. Her family was raised on the island, and many of the photos at the Visitor Center are of her brothers and sisters. Being there with her was like being with a celebrity. The... More

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New Hampshire
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29 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We took a trip out to spectacle island in Boston for the first time on the 4th of July. We went out for the lobster bake that Jasper White's Summer Shack has during the summer months. The food was great and we really enjoyed our time out on the island. The island was very clean and had a beach area.... More

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