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
  • 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.

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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Fort Independence Ferry
Jun18

Half Price Friday

Head to the Boston Harbor Islands on Fridays in June for half the price!

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Jun18

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Fort Independence Ferry
Jun25

Half Price Friday

Head to the Boston Harbor Islands on Fridays in June for half the price!

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Jun25

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Jul02

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Jul09

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Jul16

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Jul23

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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Jul30

Free Kite Friday

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays this season and receive a free kite as you board the ferry!

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