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Spectacle Island

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Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
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Spectacle island in the afternoon

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

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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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 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 375 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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Johannesburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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Address: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South Boston

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