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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
VHF 69
Book faster with the free Dockwa app
Marinas dark
12 Reviews

by alvinedgar on Sep 21, 2020
Breezy day, so tucked on for a quiet lunch before continuing on our way.

by belenos on Sep 18, 2020
First time getting a mooring in the harbor. Fun day at spectacle, great swim too! Nice gentlemen from DCR motored up to check on us ( and the other boats in the field). Booking again for this weekend! Love Dockwa app too!

by lawfrm on Sep 05, 2020
Always a great day at spectacle island! The staff that patrol the islands are top notch and take care of all your needs

by ebrowne on Aug 07, 2020
Excellent moorings, well protected, Great DCR staff checking things out, easy paddle or swim to shore

by amofam on Aug 02, 2020
Had a great day Thanks Marc

by pabb42 on Jul 20, 2020
I have made three reservations twice the mooring was taken tried to call on radio no answer so either I confront another boater or leave dissatisfied with family day ruined, I cancelled the third ( fool me twice not risking third)

by fishman on Sep 08, 2019
The island is a treasure! We enjoyed the Trillium’s beer garden Sat afternoon, then had the whole place to ourselves for the evening. The trails are superb, as are the views of Boston. Very calm seas-even in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. We will return from our slip in Boston!

by jamesforsyth01 on Aug 20, 2019
good mooring and nice people running the island.

by carolvac on Aug 02, 2019
Very rocky due to wakes created by high speed ferry. We have a 39’ sailboat and our boat got tossed around similar to being out in a small craft advisory. Couldn’t swim off the boat due to the chop. Dinghied to the beach, but our dinghy was getting trashed so back to our sailboat we went. Quieted down after 8pm.

by jimwilliamson1 on Jul 22, 2019
The booking was good. You were very responsive to adjust the rate down to just a day rate. However, I couldn't hail anyone at Spectacle Island on Channel 69 and a DCR ranger said to just take any open mooring if we had a reservation.

by blee247 on Jul 15, 2019
Great spot to stop and take a quick dip! Friendly staff.

by revgray5 on Jul 15, 2019
Beautiful spot to set up for the day. Moorings are easy to use and the staff at the location were great. Look forward to them putting more moorings in soon. They fill up quickly.
Status: Open

Hello Boaters! Welcome to Spectacle Island. Here is what you can expect when you visit the Island this summer due to COVID-19. The marina will be free of charge first come first served. When tying up in the marina pull as far in as possible to maximize space on our floats, in other words, please don't tie up in the middle of an empty float. Please make note of the drop-off/pick-up float and do not tie up there as it will interfere with the ferry pulling in and out. The moorings will be available to reserve through DOCKWA, $10 for a day trip and $25 overnight. We ask that you stay on your vessel whil in the marina or walk up to visit the Island. DCR dinghies will not be provided this year. Private tenders/dinghies may be landed ashore on the North side of the swimming beach in the mooring area, not in the marina. drop-off/pick-up dock is in the marina marked with signs. We ask that you practice social distancing while on Island and wear a mask if you are not able to do so. Visitor center will be closed. Restrooms are currently close due to a power outage. Please follow rules and signage when on island. The swimming beach will not be guarded. Dogs are not allowed on Island. Bubblers/drinking fountains will be closed rinse off showers may be available. Thank you, and Enjoy!

Last Updated:8 months ago

About Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island features both moorings and a marina. The Spectacle Island Marina is a first come, first serve, floating dock system providing access to the island and its many amenities. Moorings are located on the north side of the main pier and can be reserved on the Dockwa app or on

$25 mooring reservation is for day and overnight use. $10 day trip reservation is for day use only.

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 (lifeguarded during peak season), and breathtaking, 360 views of Boston and the surrounding islands. To find more information about all the 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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