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Spectacle Island

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Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
Activities: Birdwatching
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Good for a couple hours

My boyfriend and I took the ferry to Spectacle for our first ever trip to any of the Harbor Islands. The ferry was comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating available, as well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Melissa P
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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124 reviews 124 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I took the ferry to Spectacle for our first ever trip to any of the Harbor Islands. The ferry was comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating available, as well as a nice little snack bar. They have speakers with a guide announcing some of the city landmarks as you leave Boston, as well as the history of... More 

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Cork
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The ferry boat ride from Boston was great - lots to see, not too long for my 5 & 2 yr olds. And good value, considering that we could have used our tickets to island hop throughout the day. The island is well looked after, the food available is limited. The swimming beach was very stoney, so difficult to get... More 

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Wakefield, MA
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181 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Spectacle Island is just a short ferry ride from Boston. It is a great place to visit by yourself or with your family. There is a visitors center with rest rooms and a snack bar with tables, benches and chairs. There are walking paths that circle the island and the views of the Boston skyline are beautiful. There is also... More 

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Johannesburg
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Accompanied by my wife and two daughters and having booked the tickets to the island online (bostonharborcriuses.com) we arrived at the ferry departure point about 15 minutes before scheduled departure time. We chose Spectacle Island since we saw from Trip Advisor reviews that it was larger than Georges Island and had a beach, and thought that a short ferry ride,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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64 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This island is a great spot to look back upon Boston. From where you dock you have two main vantage points to observe to your surroundings. The hill to your left has great views of Boston City. You can even watch the planes coming in for landing at Logan airport. The other has great views of the surrounding harbour. This... More 

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Chicago IL
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The two man-made drumlins have miles of walking paths but worth it when you reach the top - especially the higher North Drumlin with views of Boston and the harbor. Visitor Center very clean with good snacks for purchase. Rest rooms clean and handicap accessible. Small beach with lifeguard full of kids and families enjoying a break from the heat... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

It is fascinating to walk around the island and look at the photos of how the island was converted from trash to a pleasant green space. It also gives great views of the harbour, islands and airport. However the swimming beach is small and the other beaches warn of asbestos, and as others have noted, you cannot take away the... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If your in the Boston area and you are in the mood for a hike i suggest you book yourself a ticket for a boat ride over to spectacle island. I spent roughly 2-3 hours walking around the island with my friend, the views were amazing, the boston skyline, aircraft landing and taking off from Bostons logan airport. the calm... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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188 reviews 188 reviews
22 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This journey and experience reminded me of Sydney, Australia, where I took a 20 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach. Spectacle Island is one of the Boston Harbor Islands -- absolutely worth the trip! Go in the morning before the ferry gets crowded. It will feel like you have the island to yourself. It's amazing to see the positive change.... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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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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