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Free Spectacle Island Ferry & Explore the Island (free ferry day)

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Long Wharf North

66 Long Wharf · Boston, MA

How to find us

Meet in line at the booth that sells ferry tickets (Boston Harbor Cruises)

Location image of event venue


It's free ferry day. Ticketing starts at 8am.

At 8am, we'll wait in line to get free ferry tickets, then go to the Marriott to get coffee or breakfast while we wait to go on the Ferry at 9am. We'll have 2 hours to explore this well-maintained but still uninhabited island. Dress for the weather as it will be windy.

Aquarium T stop on the Blue Line. Caution: Long Wharf North is near Christopher Columbus Park. See images below.

Link to Boston Harbor Event

"Visit either Georges or Spectacle Islands on Tuesday, June 24h and enjoy a free boat ride to get there. Ferries depart every half hour from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A return time will be assigned based on departure time when tickets are allocated. Tickets are to one designated island, and if visitors depart Boston by 3:00 PM, there will be approximately two or two and a half hours to explore either Spectacle or Georges. Due to high demand, all tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available starting at 8:00 am on the day of the trip at Boston's Harbor Cruises Long Wharf-North Ferry Center. No advance reservations. Parties are limited to five.

Boston Harbor Island Alliance extends its thanks to The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Fund for their generous support of the Boston Harbor Islands, and for sponsoring free access to the park in celebration of the beginning of summer. Program Contact Information Park Ranger [masked] (617)[masked] Directions Boston Harbor Cruises ticket office is located next to the dock on Long Wharf North, 66 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Sponsors National Park Service, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, MassParks


Just 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island is ideal for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. Stop in at a “green” visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island. Go swimming on a sandy beach (one of the few on the islands) supervised by trained lifeguards in the summer. Take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands. The marina makes it a popular destination for boaters. Spectacle Island opens upon arrival of the first ferry in May and closes on Columbus Day each year.

Spectacle Island Facilities

Snack Shack: open weekends and holidays during the spring and fall season and seven days a week in summer. Venue for catered events.Marina with day and overnight slips.Visitor center.Drinking water and restrooms.


What's HappeningSpectacle Island Tours: Thru - Oct. 13, 2014Spectacle Island: An Emerald Gem: May. 24, 2014Seaglass Sandscapes: Jun. 1, 2014 - Jun. 29, 2014Spectacle Island 5K, Kids' Fun Run & Field Day: Jun. 14, 2014Field Day Games: Jun. 21, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014Island Yoga: Jun. 21, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014Go Fly a Kite: Jun. 21, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island: Jun. 22, 2014Digital Photo Walk: Jun. 29, 2014Toddler Tuesday: Jul. 1, 2014 - Aug. 26, 2014Kids Crafts: Jul. 1, 2014 - Aug. 26, 2014Spectacle Island Tours: Jul. 1, 2014 - Aug. 29, 2014Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island: Jul. 6, 2014Seaglass Sandscapes: Jul. 6, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2014Beginner Sea Kayaking : Jul. 7, 2014 - Aug. 27, 2014Beach and Below: Exploring Spectacle Island: Jul. 9, 2014 - Aug. 20, 2014Digital Photo Walk: Jul. 13, 2014Jazz on the Porch with Zumix's Jazz Allstars: Jul. 13, 2014Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island: Jul. 20, 2014Digital Photo Walk: Jul. 27, 2014Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island: Aug. 3, 2014Digital Photo Walk: Aug. 10, 2014Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island: Aug. 17, 2014Digital Photo Walk: Aug. 24, 2014Regatta at Spectacle Island: Sep. 27, 2014