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

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16 Reviews

by llkm143 on Sep 07, 2021
What's not to love about the Boston Harbor Islands? Well, a few too many boaters ignore the no- wake markers and go flying past the mooring field. If love to see some enforcement. Otherwise, the moorings are great, the island is fun, and the view of the city at sunset is unbeatable!

by jimmyfenders65 on Aug 16, 2021
A little bumpy over there yesterday. Grabbing a mooring beats dropping a hook especially on a sloppy day🤙

by zlaxref on Jul 24, 2021
Someone was on ball #10 when we got there, and they were reluctant to leave. He got quite loud with us telling us that there were some plenty of empty moorings and to go pick one up!! We left shortly after that because it was to rough with all Of the AquaPalooza traffic, so we did not muse the mooring ball. Bad day all around. John Hill

by dthompsonusa on Jul 06, 2021
Loved it, though folks should know boater traffic makes this a bumpy anchorage. The island is wonderful to walk around. We will be back.

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.

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 amenities. Moorings are located on the north side of the main pier and can be reserved on the Dockwa app or on

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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