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Spectacle Island

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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
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Beautiful - Tons of Sea Glass!

Beautiful island in Boston. Tons of sea glass scattered all along the beach! There's also a snack bar and nice gift shop with bathrooms. The island is pretty large, with nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Reading, Massachusetts

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Reading, Massachusetts
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126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful island in Boston. Tons of sea glass scattered all along the beach! There's also a snack bar and nice gift shop with bathrooms. The island is pretty large, with nice pathways to walk. Wish we could have spent more time here to explore them. There were also a lot of people here that came here to go to the... More 

Thank laurenna130
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

The walking trails are nice and the views are excellent. This is a great family day trip to get out of the city and appreciate nature.

Thank AJFregal
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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177 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 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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218 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 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

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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266 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 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 via mobile

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 via mobile

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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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.