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“Take the Sea Shuttle -- enjoy your own private island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Misery Islands

Misery Islands
Ranked #36 of 78 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: Take a boat to Great Misery and enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and the North Shore.
Boston, Massachusetts
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767 reviews
319 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
“Take the Sea Shuttle -- enjoy your own private island!”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

We are trustees of the reservation and so we are trying to explore all of the area parks. We took the Sea Shuttle over to the island. This is a beautiful trip and the staff is really informative and helpful. The new shuttle was very clean and well designed. It had a glass water tank for lobsters, as well as an underwater camera and large screen TV to explore underwater. They drop you off over at Big Misery Island for 90 minutes (make sure you have water, which is available for purchase). It was really awesome to have our own private island to explore, and there is over two miles of well maintained trails. The views are beautiful and the history is interesting.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank surfinginflorida
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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Misery Island Sea Shuttle”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Went with a couple of people and had a great time on a hot 4th of July day exploring Misery Island, which is a small island off Salem Harbor. There are trails around the island and picturesque places to stop and have a picnic (no food is sold on the island, so bring your own and make sure to pack water). We took the Sea Shuttle from Marblehead, and although it was a little steep ($30 each) the price includes the admission to the island. Also, it was great to be on the water on such a hot and humid day. The guys that run the shuttle are great and very knowledgeable about the area. The Sea Shuttle has another life as an oceanic educational enterprise (part of the admission cost funds education) and is equipped with a saltwater tank in the center of it. On our way back the crew stopped to check one of their lobster pots and discovered 3 lobsters in it for the tank. A couple of the passengers were able to try lobster banding first hand. All in all, it was a fabulous time!

Visited July 2013
5 Thank 47jill
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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A great day on the boat with some easy walking”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We took a motor boat up from Boston Harbor to the islands one Saturday at the end of the summer. It was a great destination - the right length trip (~90 minutes) and an interesting destination. We packed a picnic and ate on the beach, which has lots of sea glass. There are some cool "ruins" on the island, as well as a composting toilet (!) maintained by the Trustees of Reservations, which owns the property. There are also some nice views of the coast available from the perimeter trails. There is a small fee ($5) in the summer, but in the off-season it is free of charge.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank BOSbizgal
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