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Spectacle Island, Boston

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 80 reviews on the web
Spectacle Island is located in Boston. Spectacle Island is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Boston Edition.
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  • 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 ab...  read more »
  • 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 islan...  read more »
  • Part of visiting Boston consisted of navigating the River, so we decided to do a walk in boat and for the short time that we had decided to go to Spectacle Island. The tour is impressive views and from Boston and the rest of the Islands that cross along the way. To the reach us surprised the island that has a beach beautiful where when makes much heat the people enjoy of it. The island has very wild vegetation. It has a care or managed by Park Rangers, reception centre where there are drinks, bathrooms, costumes and information about the island. I recommend the experience and views in the evening returning to Boston from the boat.
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  • A garbage dump turned into a beautiful recreation area, this harbor island is an overlooked treasure of Boston. The island features amazing views of the city, hiking trails, beaches you can swim or just relax on, and more. Recommended Things To Bring: -Water/Water bottle -Snacks / Lunch (though there is a snack shack) -Towel / Bathing Suit (if you want to swim) -Trash bag. Ironically the landfill has no trash cans, and you are required to take off whatever you bring -Something for recreation: A good book, a Frisbee, whatever you'd like... You can access the island via personal boat or the Boston harbor island ferries that depart from the Water Front near the Aquarium. If you choose to use the Harbor Ferries, you'll pay $17/adult, and you'll have the ability to hop between the Harbor islands at scheduled times. Tickets to depart from the city must be used at specific times (or exchanged if you miss your time), but once you leave the city, you can island hop whenever a ferry arrives. You can purchase tickets and view schedules online or in person where the boats depart. The ferry reaches the island in about 20 minutes, and it gives you some amazing views of the city along the way. On the way there, a great guide will tell you about the history of the island, the harbor, the city. Facilities: Once you arrive at the island, you'll get off the boat on a big dock with tented picnic tables. Straight ahead you'll find access to the islands trails and the visitors center, and to the left and right of that are small beaches with roped off swimming areas. The visitors center features a small snack shack, bathrooms, and people to give you information about the island. Right outside of it, there are some nice Adirondack style chairs to lounge in, and near the beach to the left of it, you'll find changing rooms to get into your bathing suit. You'll also find a large tented picnic area directly to the right of the visitors center. Hiking: You can briskly hike the entirety of the island's trails in about an hour, but they are best enjoyed at a relaxing pace. The trails wrap around and through the island, and they allow you access to both the northern and southern hills. The northern hill offers beautiful views of the city and features the highest point in the harbor islands at over a hundred feet in elevation, and the southern point features beautiful views of the harbor islands. Along the trails you'll find well maintained benches, picnic tables, and gazebos, and the staff of island leave public water coolers under the gazebos on hot days. I highly recommend a visit to this island for both locals and visitors. It makes for a great relaxing place to spend your whole day, or a nice place to explore on an island hopping tour.
  • This island offers swimming, hiking trails and a visitor center. There are park rangers around to answer any questions and tell you the island's best secrets. You can comb the beach looking for sea glass and cultural artifacts of time gone by, but you have to leave everything you find behind for other guests to enjoy. The swimming area is very rocky.
  • Beautiful and well maintained island. Plenty of benches and picnic tables and offers a unique and beautiful view of Boston. Decent sized swimmable beach. The visitors center offerrs free guided tours and during the summer there are free jazz concerts from 1-4 pm on Sundays. Note this is a carry-in/carry-out park so if you are planning a picnic make sure you bring a trash bag. There is a snack bar on the island, however prices are high ($11 for a buger).
  • Garbage has never been so beautiful. It's fun to walk the beach and look through the glass and porcelain that's washed ashore.
  • Great views and lovely walks. Plenty of water everywhere. Nice beach.
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