Sea Kayak Tours

These tours are personal, limited to ten kayakers guided by one certified kayak trip leader. The kayaks are exceptionally stable and perfect for beginning paddlers.

Tours are offered in July and August from Spectacle Island. Sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis upon arrival at the island with the Ranger. Park rangers determine offerings each day, depending on weather and other factors. Kayak programs are open to ages 12 and up; participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a guardian.


Paddle up and kayak at Spectacle

This is an hour kayak trial for beginners who want to try sea kayaking. Led by experienced park rangers, these low-impact tours combine striking scenery, park history and information, and paddling and safety skill development. Spectacle Island kayak programs are scheduled in July and August on Mondays and Wednesdays. See Island rangers for available times. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What about sea kayaking?

Boston Harbor and the islands offer spectacular opportunities for the experienced sea kayaker.  Exploring the islands by sea kayak offers more flexibility than using the park ferry and shuttle system—kayakers can have an adventure not yet available to most visitors who are limited to islands that have piers and ferry service.  Remember: The harbor is an active port used by HUGE cargo ships and tankers.  They cannot stop to avoid a kayak!  We suggest paddling in Quincy or Hingham Bay.