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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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Fascinating place. A beautiful oasis from a garbage dump

A really stunning place. Well kept paths a several places to picnic. Wish we had brought swimsuits since the beach is nice and there are changing rooms and outdoor fresh water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A really stunning place. Well kept paths a several places to picnic. Wish we had brought swimsuits since the beach is nice and there are changing rooms and outdoor fresh water showers. VisitOrson center is small but nice and sitting on the veranda is soothing and peaceful after a hike on the paths.

Thank PhDRN
Canton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a total blast we had! My teenagers and I took the BHC ferry to Spectacle Island. It was amazingly fun, gorgeous, and so much more than we expected. The 20 minute ferry ride to the Island was great; it was clean, the ride was smooth, and there was a fascinating history of Boston described along the way. Food and... More 

Thank yogadr
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views are spectacular here and well worth a trip! The history was fascinating. Please bring watershoes, if you plant to swim. The beach is very rocky. It has outdoor changing cabanas and nice indoor bathrooms.

Thank JHIthaca
Baltimore, Maryland
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505 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the closest of the Harbor Islands, just a quick 15-minute boat ride away, so it's great for a half day excursion. A short hike (a mile or so) up to the top of the drumlin yields wonderful views of Boston and the harbor. Great place for a picnic, but don't forget the bug spray -- there are tons... More 

Thank Wanderlust777
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a long day under the hot sun so we took the trip to this island only because we wanted to hide from the heat. And even the whole way to the Spectacle island and back we were on the deck ( It was our choice, you can also seat inside the boat) it was a really refreshing and... More 

Thank frog t
Huntsville, Alabama
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had wanted to hike on Spectacle Island simply for the ability to say that I had hiked on The Big Dig. The island used to be Boston's landfill and was "reclaimed" into a park using dirt from the excavation for The Big Dig's tunnel under the harbor. I didn't have much time at the island because we needed to... More 

Thank leec82015
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

It was an over cast day so there was not too many people. We did the free guided tour and learned a lot about the islands history as well as the history of the other islands in the harbor. Great day trip!

Thank Slsull
Rochester, Minnesota
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We had set our hopes a little high for what the island actually brought. It was beautiful and very relaxing. The trails are man-made and the not challenging at all. We had walked the entire island in about an hour. The island was used for Boston's trash pile until recently when it was covered and turned into a nature park.... More 

Thank Emily R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is my FAVORITE Boston day trip. Its even technically a half day trip... A friend and I got up "early" (for the 10:30 ferry). She had never been on a ferry before so that was fun! Great views of downtown Boston and the surrounding harbor. If you sit on the top deck one of the crew members points out... More 

Thank Michelle H
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104 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

I enjoy the place more so when they do their 5K runs for spring. Its grat to hang out during the late spring, summer and early fall months.

Thank BostonTP

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Staying in Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront

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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.