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View of Boston Harbor from Spectacle Island

Hike, swim, or relax on the 114-acre island.

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Hello Boston, City Editor Sara here. 👋 Did you know that 34 unique islands and peninsulas make up the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park?

I recently took the ferry to Spectacle Island and spent the day drinking in the views + local brews during a Spectacle Summer Night. Here’s what the experience was like and how you can Try This.

What we tried (with pricing):

After a quick ferry ride departing from Long Wharf North — located near to the New England Aquarium — I arrived early to squeeze in extra exploring before the event. Round-trip ferry transportation costs $24.95 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, students + military.

My first stop was the Visitor Center to brush up on the history of Spectacle. Then, I set off for a scenic hike up to the North Drumlin to admire the views from ~155 ft. above sea level.

People hikng to North Drumlin

Make your way to the North Drumlin and snap some photos.

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What not to miss:

Don’t start exploring without fuel. Pro tip: Get caffeinated at the Night Shift Coffee Cart downtown at the Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Greenway before setting off on your ferry journey.

The Finesse Snack Cart (by the Visitor Center) serves cold drinks, ice cream, and chips. Plus, don’t skip a walk along the beach and the chance to make s’mores by the water. (However, after our visit, a temporary statewide open fire ban went into effect, so s’mores are not currently available.)

Close up of a s'mores on the beach at Spectacle Island

The event organizers provided all the necessary S’mores supplies.

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What we’re still talking about:

Discovering a new Boston-based band (The Thistle Brothers), eating tasty shrimp ceviche from Brato Brewhouse and Kitchen + grabbing my favorite brew from Night Shift Brewing.

Just when I thought the views from North Drumlin couldn’t be beat, I caught the warm sunset glow over the Prudential Center by the dock. Visiting for this after-hours experience offered so many ‘gram-worthy photo opportunities.

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Rock out with local musicians just outside the Visitor Center. | Gif by the BOStoday team

How you can experience this:

Boston Harbor Now is hosting upcoming events on the island including:

🎶 Soulful Bliss: Arts and Music Festival | Sat., Sept. 17 | 2:30-6:30 p.m. | $35 | Ticket includes a round-trip ferry ride, cardio dance class, and live music with local performers.

Close up of 2 cans of beer (Santilli IPA and Nite Lite) from Night Shift Brewing

Are you a Santilli IPA or Nite Lite drinker?

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Things to know if you go:

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