Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island

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Day Trip
Spectacle Island
Boston, MA 02129
Check-in after 12:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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44 Reviews

by Gabe F. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2024
Loved it! Awesome museum with amazing history of the island.

by Joe T. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2024
Great spot to chill for a few hours.

by James M. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2024
Another great day at Spectacle Island. The moorings are the best convenience. Great job, quick response guys.

by Greg A. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2024
I love Spectacle Island. A great mooring to head to for dinner onboard while watching the sun set over the city - then a nice hour long night sail to your marina in Boston. Or, stay on the mooring and enjoy a beautiful sunrise and morning in the harbor.

by Robert C. - Verified user on Jul 07, 2024
Had to ask a boater to move off my resreved mooring ball. Wasnt an issue but a minor inconvienence.. Otherwise an amazing day in the harbor !!

by Robert C. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2023
nice stay. would stay again

by David W. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2023
Very peaceful and scenic. However frequent harbor ferries make it very rolly (sp). Also pennants are very short so be prepared to add a bridle. My assigned mooring was way to close to shore for my sailboat’s draft but fortunately there were open moorings further out.

by Alexander S. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2023
Booking worked well. Placed request at night, received answer at 8 am.

by Petter R. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
Another boat had taken our reserved mooring but they moved quickly and without fuss when we arrived. I saw the same thing happening to other moorings all through the day. So, the reservation works fine, just don't only look for empty moorings when you arrive.

by Lilette H. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
We ended up getting a spot on the dock, perfect weather there was entertainment that day. Always a perfect day at Spectacular Island! (Not a typo)

by Pearse M. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2023
Super protected and nice spot to enjoy Boston Harbor

by Steven M. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2023
Was helped out by a friendly DCR officer.

by Susan H. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2023
Great day at the island.

by Mike W. - Verified user on Jul 07, 2023
Was able to pull into the dock, hike the island and then moved over to the mooring and had a nice lunch while swimming. A total gem!!

by Ray S. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2023
Moored. Great view of the city. Ground tackle was in great shape. Didn't go ashore, but Island looked like it would be a great stroll. However...VERY rolly during the day due to the ferries. Quieted down after 10 p.m. Also, if the departure from Logan, it will be nosiey from 05:30 until late. A local told us the mooring field at Peddocks is much beter.

by matthew - Verified user on Jun 26, 2023
Easy mooring. Beautiful location

by Michael M. - Verified user on Jun 26, 2023
Paid for the full day and the computer gave me a receipt saying check in was 12pm and checkout was 11am. Someone took my moring ball and I didn't have a receipt to show it was mine. Made a 2nd reservation and the same thing happened. Paid twice and got nothing. Please ask IT to look into the glitch.

by Stephen S. - Verified user on Jun 15, 2023
Easy access to and from the field

by DAVID E. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2022
Clean, Quite, Safe stay in an incredible location

by Stanley S. - Verified user on Aug 29, 2022
Easy to reserve, great spot, some motion due to traffic, but not bad. Would to it again. Great sunset\rise and view of Boston skyline.

by Ed A. on Aug 28, 2022
Location is great. Views of Boston skyline wonderful specially at the island height. Music band playing was awesome. Beach is great waves don't break on it so dinghy landings/launch are fairly easy. Personnel in the island very good at responding they may not answer the phone but they responded to my voice mail on dockwa. However giving it 4 stars because this is a pretty rolly mooring even with winds from the east. And it is not the boats driving by as some have said. at sunset with no traffic we got rolled pretty good couple of times. Would recommend it just be aware it will not be glassy out there.

by Ronald R. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2022
We enjoyed the day at Spectacle. Our mooring was open when we arrived at 1pm. We stayed all day and enjoyed a free concert. It was a little bumpy with the boats speeding by. I was also able to get good tv reception.

by Girard G. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2022
Plenty of room between moorings and the water is crystal clear. The scenery is beautiful.

by Sharon H. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2022
Beautiful location and I appreciate the DCR being present to ensure we have access to our mooring (squatters).

by Patricia s. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2022
Wonderful we were met by guard and loved our mooring!
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About Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island features moorings for reservation. The Moorings are located on the north side of the main pier and can be reserved on the Dockwa app or on The Marina has been dismantled for this season due to taking damage over the winter. We are hoping to get the Marina back online in the future. Drop off/pick up is still permitted when the ferry is not there, Long tie-up is not permitted at this time.

Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Spectacle Island spans 105 acres and provides multiple attractions. Along with five miles of walking trails, the island features a visitor center, swimming beach, and breathtaking, 360 degree views of Boston and the surrounding islands.

The park is open from dawn until dusk, with facilities open during ferry operating hours. Reservations are available for both daytime and overnight use. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. To find more information about park regulations and available activities on the island, please visit

Booking Info

For boaters not spending the night on the moorings we ask that the mooring is vacated at sunset.



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