AAA Editor Notes
Spectacle Island can be reached via ferry from Long Wharf in Boston; ferries also depart from Hingham, Hull and Quincy. The 105-acre island—a former garbage dump—is today part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Popular with locals, the site features a marina with day-use and overnight slips, a lifeguard-manned beach and a “green” visitor center with exhibits. Five miles of trails leading to the top of a 157-foot-high hill offer panoramas of Boston Harbor. Summer events held on the island include sunset clambakes as well as jazz concerts presented by the Berklee and Conservatory at Berklee.

Food is available seasonally. Pets are not permitted.

Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted.

Admission to the park is free; fees and reservations vary for activities and programs. Ferry, round-trip ticket: $17; $12 (ages 65, college students and active military with ID; $10 (ages 3-12); $43 Family Four Pack (2 adults and 2 children); $140 Multi Ride Ten Ticket Pack. Reservations are recommended.
Visitor center daily dawn-dusk, early May-Columbus Day. Lifeguards are on-site daily, June 23-Labor Day.
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