No Public Ferries

There will be no public ferry service May 20-24. Georges and Spectacle remain open to private water crafts.

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 (Lifeguarded in Summer)
  • Rinse Station
  • Café 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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Spectacle Island 5K
Jun08

Spectacle Island 5K & Fun Run

Join us for the 9th annual Spectacle Island 5K and Fun Run!

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Clambake on Spectacle Island
Jun27

Sunset Clambake

Enjoy a classic New England Clambake and the best sunset in the harbor.

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Clambake on Spectacle Island
Jul04

Sunset Clambake

Enjoy a classic New England Clambake and the best sunset in the harbor.

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Spectacle Island Yoga
Jul06

Island Yoga

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class with sweeping views of Boston Harbor.

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Jul06

Set Sail for Spectacle Island

Get ready to set sail for this four-hour beginner sailing trip through Boston Harbor.

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Jul07

Jazz on the Porch

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

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Clambake on Spectacle Island
Jul11

Sunset Clambake

Enjoy a classic New England Clambake and the best sunset in the harbor.

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Spectacle Island Yoga
Jul13

Island Yoga

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class with sweeping views of Boston Harbor.

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Jul13

Set Sail for Spectacle Island

Get ready to set sail for this four-hour beginner sailing trip through Boston Harbor.

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