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Spectacle Island

Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA (South Boston)
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
Ranked #101 of 414 things to do in Boston
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
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Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

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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179 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
64 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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132 reviews 132 reviews
52 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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22 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
56 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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