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Boston Harbor Islands: Round-Trip Ferry to Spectacle Island

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    Stop At: Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston, MA 02110

    The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is the largest recreation area in metro Boston, with an ocean of things to see, do and discover. From yoga on the beach to hiking. Kayaking to camping. Summer jazz to Civil War era forts. There’s something for everyone—and it’s all just minutes away.  

    View some of Boston's best sights and landmarks from the water as you depart Long Wharf North and cruise through Boston Harbor en route to the Boston Harbor Islands for a day of fun. This round-trip ferry is your ticket to the islands with multiple departure times. 

    Stop At: Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor, Boston, MA

    True to its name, Spectacle Island is a wonder to behold. It’s one of the greenest of the Harbor Islands, home to wildflowers, sea grasses and a sandy beach for swimming. Come out for a day by the water, a picnic lunch or a hike to the summit of the area’s tallest hill.
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    Departure Point
    1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Round-Trip Ferry Service between Boston and Spectacle Island
    • Spend the day at one of Boston's popular Harbor Islands
    • Entry/Admission - Boston Harbor Cruises
    • Entry/Admission - Spectacle Island
    • Food & beverage (available for purchase)
    • Transportation to/from ferry terminals
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Restrooms, snacks and refreshments are available on board
    • Departure Times reflect the Boston to Spectacle Island sail only. Return times vary based on season. Kindly check the Boston Harbor Islands website prior to departure for available returns.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My wife and I stayed overnight in Boston to go to Spectacle Island Clambake that is held on Thursdays during the summer. It was a super time. The ferry ride was great and upon arriving we got some drinks and sat under their large tent to await the food. It didn't take long !
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    Response from BostonHarborCruises, Manager at Boston Harbor Islands: Round-Trip Ferry to Spectacle Island
    Responded Sep 4, 2019
    Thank you for your wonderful review, jerrypuorro! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a memorable experience at the clambake and we do hope to see you again next summer!
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    Not touristy or overpriced. Just a simple day out, away from the city, taking in amazing views of Boston skyline and surrounding islands. Make sure to take one of the free guided tours given by the rangers, they will feed you a lot of information. This is a national park with a
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    Response from BostonHarborCruises, Manager at Boston Harbor Islands: Round-Trip Ferry to Spectacle Island
    Responded Jul 13, 2019
    Thanks for your review and helpful tips for future visitors FamilyRecommends! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your trip to The Boston Harbor Island National and State Park and hope that you'll come back onboard with us again next time you're in the area. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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    Hop aboard this ferry, we went to Spectacle Island, and you become part of the harbour and less of a tourist. There is no commentary but there are Park rangers on the island happy to answer questions and who offer free guided walks. There is a highly informative visitor centre
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    On a recent visit to South Boston we discovered that the National Park Service were running boats out to the islands off the city. The best thing about it was that it turned out to be free. Sadly everyone knew so we had to take the first available ferry to Spectacle Island at
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