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Spectacle Island, Boston

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Spectacle Island is a 114-acre island in Boston Harbor, 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the city of Boston. The island has a varied history, and today is a public park with a marina, visitor center, cafe, lifeguarded swimming beach, and five miles of walking trails, forming part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is served all year by ferries from Boston, and on weekends and summer weekdays by a shuttle boat to and from nearby islands.
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  • The last boat for the day leaves at 2:30. with horrific Boston traffic by the time we parked we made it with some time to spare but we were on the wrong side of the dock. We finally made it with 1... 
    The last boat for the day leaves at 2:30. with horrific Boston traffic by the time we parked we made it with some time to spare but we were on the wrong side of the dock. We finally made it with 1...  more »
  • Spectacle island was such a great relaxing adventure for me and my sons ages 7 and 4. We hiked, swam, combed the beach for treasure, had ice cream and they completed an activity book to become Jr... 
    Spectacle island was such a great relaxing adventure for me and my sons ages 7 and 4. We hiked, swam, combed the beach for treasure, had ice cream and they completed an activity book to become Jr...  more »
  • when you do it by tour boat you get to see the entire Boston Harbor and also visit the Islands as well. It is a nice trip and well worth the money for the boatride.. 
    when you do it by tour boat you get to see the entire Boston Harbor and also visit the Islands as well. It is a nice trip and well worth the money for the boatride..  more »
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  • Spectacle Island sure is a spectacle to witness and experience! Took the Boston Harbor Cruise to Spectacle Island on a Wednesday afternoon and it was a very relaxing ride. Once you get off the boat, there’s a visitor center. There is a trail that loops all around the island and it takes you to the top as well. It was a super enjoyable hike that gives you views from all over the island. There is also a small beach but it’s a little rocky
  • Pretty island and the ferry ride was nice. Not much to do on the island but explore nature.
  • The island is very beautiful, pure nature, the beach has many rocks and the water is cold, but it is possible to cool off on a hot day. The ferry makes the round trip with a single ticket and you can buy cold drinks. There are restrooms and changing rooms on the island, and there is also a restaurant for snacks.Great place to hang out with the family!
  • Just a great little island for visiting. Went walking with my girlfriend. It was fairly calm and the rainstorm was short.
  • I went last weekend . We had so much fun. Great place to bring the family

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