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Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
+1 617-223-8666
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Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
North End
+1 617-223-8666
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Spectacle Island is one of several beautiful islands created by glaciers in the Ice Age saved by the United States Park Service from being a garbage dump for Boston. Paths wander around and over the island giving beautiful views of Boston. Walking around the island...More

Thank H S G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there because we wanted to visit one of the islands. When we got there we learned that it was formerly used as a trash site. The 'park rangers' are well educated and offer tours, there's also information boards along a self-educated way. It...More

1  Thank David K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You can only get there by boat. Bring lunch, hike the island, enjoy the views. Please note what ever you bring over, you must bring back.

Thank chele131
Reviewed 2 October 2016

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...More

2  Thank Hawkhardt
Reviewed 2 October 2016

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...More

2  Thank Tracy T
Reviewed 3 September 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...More

1  Thank jax14fun
Reviewed 21 August 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...More

1  Thank PhDRN
Reviewed 9 August 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...More

2  Thank yogadr
Reviewed 1 August 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
Reviewed 27 July 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....More

Thank Wanderlust777
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like
being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and
Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants,
bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part
in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or
Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma
sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church
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Robert & Shirle... D
Is it known for good sea glass hunting?
30 October 2016|
Response from Hawkhardt | Reviewed this property |
They have a workshop on sea glass during the summer, but we did not walk the beach so we cannot confirm that there is sea glass. We walked on the trails on the island. I believe the ferry stops running to Spectacle Island by... More
Robert & Shirle... D
Is it known for sea glass hunting?
30 October 2016|
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Response from Wanderlust777 | Reviewed this property |
Sea glass certainly washes up there, but collecting it is forbidden by the Park Service.
Terry A
Can you drive there?? If you drive south from Boston, can you drive to closer location
28 August 2016|
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Response from yogadr | Reviewed this property |
That is a great question! I believe you could take a ferry from Hingham (or Salem MA but that is north).