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Spectacle Island

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Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
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Cool down in the breeze

Can't quite believe what Bostonians have done to this island over the years. It is now a nature reserve with views of the city and airport. There is a small lifeguarded beach to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Marden, United Kingdom

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Had a fun time exploring Spectacle Island. Ferry ride was very nice and scenic views. Can't wait to go again.

Thank Paula H
Springfield, Illinois
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154 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Take the Harbor Island Shuttle boats from the docks on Long Warf (just north of the Long Warf Marriott, near Quincy Market) and get away for a hike, swim, picnic, beach combing, or just a sit on the porch in the shade. There were lots of families on the day we were there, and it seemed a great place for... More 

Thank Melston
Fargo, North Dakota
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215 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were here for a wedding rehearsal dinner. The right out in the boat is relaxing. This island is a local park and marina. We were able to watch sunset here and the lights of the city at night. This was a catered event and we had the whole place to ourselves. It was a great experience. I am sure... More 

Thank micstebou
East Greenbush, New York
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Took the Boston Harbor Cruises boat out to the island. $17.00 per person round trip. Nice ride out and equally nice time on the island. If you are looking to relax this is the one you want to visit. We had a great time just relaxing on the beach. Yes it's a bit rocky but all in all it's a... More 

Thank ValerieGrugan
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I always enjoy taking a break from the city to visit the harbor islands. As I've only gone to Georges and Spectacle island I am writing the review based on these visits. The islands are quiet with lots of places to explore. Georges island is smaller than spectacle so if you're looking for more nature and quiet go to spectacle.... More 

Thank Manda C
Beverly, Massachusetts
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269 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I spent about an hour and a half hiking around Spectacle Island on a hot day in August. There is very little shade, so bring plenty of water if it's hot! I hiked up to the North Drumlin and back. The hike is uphill, but not particularly steep. The views from the top are great! The small snack bar in... More 

Thank lirwin13
Marden, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Can't quite believe what Bostonians have done to this island over the years. It is now a nature reserve with views of the city and airport. There is a small lifeguarded beach to take a cooling dip but the pebbles are uncomfortable to walk on barefoot.

Thank anneecox
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I took the last ferry to the island at 15h30, there is a lot of information about the visits and people was very friendly. The ride was excellent, if you want to hear the guide in the ferry and you are upstairs, make sure you go to the front part where the speakers are, otherwise with the motor, seagulls and... More 

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Wenham, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Our first trip to this island was several years ago by private boat. The island was well maintained, professional care takers / Park rangers. Today, on our way back from an overnight boat trip we decided to stop over for an hr or so to grab lunch, enjoy the weather. We called on the radio just before arriving and the... More 

Thank Trudy R
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Went on ferry ride to Spectacle Island in early June. Decided on Spectacle Island instead of Georges Island as it had more walking trails. Walk all the way around the island. Scenic views on island and on ferry. Felt it was worth the cost. Only item is that went when the schedule was not in full fight so had to... More 

Thank jeff77664

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