Thank you for visiting!  As of October 13, public ferry service has ended for the 2020 season.

Spectacle Island

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


The following will not be available this season in accord with guidance concerning COVID-19: Water, Visitor Center, rinse off station, life guards, concessions, and picnic areas. Visitors will be required to social distance and wear face coverings when not able to social distance.

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 (Lifeguarded in Summer)
  • Rinse Station
  • Snack Bar 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.


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

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