Explore Spectacle Island

Just 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island is ideal for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. Stop in at a “green” visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island. Go swimming on a sandy beach (one of the few on the islands) supervised by trained lifeguards in the summer. Take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands. The marina makes it a popular destination for boaters.  Spectacle Island opens upon arrival of the first ferry in May and closes on Columbus Day each year.

Spectacle Island Facilities

  • Visitor center with exhibits
  • Drinking water, restrooms, changing rooms and rinse showers
  • Sea Glass Café: open seven days a week in summer and weedends and holidays during the spring and fall season
  • Venue for catered events
  • ADA beach mat and wheelchair 
  • Marina with day and overnight slips

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any snack bars?

Georges and Spectacle Island have snack bars with excellent food. Both are open seven days a week during the summer season - typically from the third Saturday in June to Labor Day. Before and after these dates (fall and spring "shoulder" seasons), the snack bars are open Saturdays, and Sundays.  Ferries from Boston and Hingham are stocked with snack items and refreshments.  

Can I swim on the Boston Harbor Islands?

Yes, the only lifeguarded swimming beach within the Boston Harbor Islands national park area is at Spectacle Island. There is unsupervised swimming at Lovells Island (swim at your own risk). Swimming is prohibited near all island docks.

Island Map

Island Map

Ferry Schedule

Ferry Schedule

Ferry Tickets

Purchase Ferry Tickets

Island Facts

Spectacle Video

Boston Harbor Islands videos

This island of Boston Harbor Islands national park area is owned by
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation and the City of Boston.