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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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A relaxing half-day visit with terrific views of Boston Harbor.

We thoroughly enjoyed our half day trip to Spectacle Island - leaving on the 10:30 BHC ferry and returning at 3:30. On the outgoing trip a guide explained the sights in the Boston... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our half day trip to Spectacle Island - leaving on the 10:30 BHC ferry and returning at 3:30. On the outgoing trip a guide explained the sights in the Boston Harbor and talked about the interesting history of Spectacle Island - from garbage dump to picnic and hiking island. There are easy and interesting paths around the... More 

Thank Hawkhardt
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea that there were so many islands to see in the Boston Harbor. The boat trip offered incredible views of the city. While on the island we were able to take a swim, hike all over the island and take in the amazing vantage points looking towards the city.

Thank Tracy T
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Great day trip…easy access and a fun ferry ride from Boston, great views nice hiking/walking trails and a great place to just hang out. Not an abundance of shade so if you’re subject to issues from the sun make sure you bring sunscreen and dress accordingly. There’s a refreshment stand on the island but it’s a good idea to bring... More 

Thank jax14fun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 of 5 bubbles 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

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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.
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