Boston Staycation: Spectacle Island

Last week I spent a day on Spectacle Island with my adventure bud Hayley. It was nice to get out of the city for a few hours and enjoy nature! We bought our tickets at Long Warf  and jumped on the ferry. Our tickets were discounted,  which cost us $12 instead of $17 (I think we received a senior citizen discount). The ferry ride to the island was brief but lovely. It was a great way to see the city from a different perspective. If you are lucky like us, you will have an entertaining and engaging tour guide. He told us stories of Boston's past, and was extremely knowledgeable regarding the Boston Harbor Islands. After 20 minutes we arrived on the island. We popped into the visitor's center got a map and an amazing "passport" for New England National Parks. You can get a stamp when you visit each park.

On the island we hiked (leisurely walked) around. In all we did about 5 miles! Mid way through we stopped at one of the gazebos and ate our packed picnic lunch. The views from the top of the island are great, Boston is truly breathtaking!



After our hike we strolled along the shore to collect sea glass.  The island is well known for the amount of sea glass that washes up. The park rangers ask you to leave the sea glass on the island for others to enjoy, so please don't ask me what I did with mine (craft coming soon?)



As the day was winding down we took a dip in the water and laid out on the beach. There were a lot of summer camps on the island so we waited until 4ish until the beach was empty.



Once we were packed and ready to go, we sat on adirondack chairs watching the ferry approach. As we were leaving the staff was preparing for their weekly clambake. It looked delicious, but cost $95 to partake.


If you have not explored the Boston Harbor Islands I highly suggest making a day of it! You can find more information here! Enjoy.