Park Alert

Ferry service to Georges Island will be cancelled Friday, July 12 returning on Saturday, July 13. Service to Spectacle and Peddocks islands continues to operate on the regular summer season schedule.

Spectacle Island

Discover your inner explorer on Spectacle Island. This 114-acre island is the perfect location for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning.

With panoramic views of the Boston Harbor and an accessible lifeguarded beach, Spectacle Island is ideal for outdoor adventures or a relaxing day by the sea. Over the years, Spectacle Island has served several purposes, from supporting farming to housing resort hotels. It now functions as a park for the public to explore. Enjoy a day of hiking, listen to the sweet sounds of a jazz concert, or take in the breathtaking views from the top of North Drumlin.

Spectacle Island Visitor Center

Park Amenities

  • Visitor Center
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking Trails
  • ADA Accessible Perimeter Trail
  • Swimming Beach (Unguarded)
  • Rinse Station
  • Snack Cart with Outdoor Seating
  • Marina and Moorings
  • Event Tent
Spectacle Island Beach

Recreation & Activities

  • Picnicking
  • Hiking and Walking
  • Swimming
  • Kite-flying
  • Short Educational Film
  • Visitor Center Exhibits
  • Ranger-Guided Programs
  • Self-Guided Materials
Park Rangers

Know Before You Go

Prepare for sun – few shaded areas exist on the island. Swim only in designated areas. No grills or open fires allowed. Remember to carry out all trash.

Resources

Document Title Description Download
Grab & Go Learn: iNaturalist Use the iNaturalist app to find and document plants and wildlife. Ideal for all ages 10+. Download
Grab & Go Learn: Seek Use the Seek app to find plants and wildlife on Spectacle Island. Ideal for all ages 7+. Download
Spectacle Island Junior Ranger Booklet Explore the island, complete activities and earn an official Junior Ranger badge! Download

Upcoming Events

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Jul14

Jazz on the Porch

Relax to the sounds of jazz standards and original music performed by Berklee College of Music on Spectacle Island.

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Jul20

Spectacle Summer Nights featuring ZaZ & Night Shift Brewing

Enjoy a spectacular summer night on Spectacle Island with music, games, views and more!

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Jul21

Jazz on the Porch

Relax to the sounds of jazz standards and original music performed by Berklee College of Music on Spectacle Island.

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A plate of lobster and clams against a red plaid background
Jul25

Sunset Lobster Clambake on Spectacle Island

Grab your friends and family and cruise to Spectacle Island for a classic New England lobster clambake with Gourmet Caterers!

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Jul27

Spectacle Summer Nights featuring ZaZ & Night Shift Brewing

Enjoy a spectacular summer night on Spectacle Island with music, games, views and more!

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Jul28

Jazz on the Porch

Relax to the sounds of jazz standards and original music performed by Berklee College of Music on Spectacle Island.

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