There are many short cruises you can take from the Boston waterfront to some of the islands in Boston Bay. We used Boston Harbour Cruises and took the ferry to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf at Boston waterfront.
Sailing out from Long Wharf we got a good view of the city with some luxurious yachts in the harbour.
Spectacle Island is a 105-acre island in Boston Harbor, 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the city of Boston. The island has a varied history, and today is a public park with a marina, visitor center, cafe, lifeguarded swimming beach, and five miles of walking trails, forming part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is served all year by ferries from Boston, and on weekends and summer weekdays by a shuttle boat to and from nearby islands.
The island was initially composed of two small drumlins connected by a spit, with an approximate size of 49 acres (200,000 m2). The name is believed to derive from its then-resemblance to a pair of spectacles. However, dumping of trash and dirt, together with subsequent landscaping, have resulted in a significantly larger island with a permanent size of 85 acres (340,000 m2), plus an intertidal zone of a further 28 acres (110,000 m2).
The island is now composed of two artificial earth mounds, terraced with retaining walls, roads and newly planted vegetation. With a height above sea level of 157 feet (48 m), Spectacle Island is now one of the highest points on Boston Harbor. The island’s inner harbor acreage is 114, with 85.5 upland acres and 28.4 intertidal acres.
Arriving back into Boston from Spectacle Island we again got some wonderful panoramic views of the city.
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