Snow Day on Spectacle Island

It’s been home to a quarantine station, a horse rendering plant, and a city landfill over the centuries, but today Spectacle Island is a recreational jewel in the middle of Boston Harbor. During the summer, the island is filled with swimmers, kayakers, and hikers soaking up the sun. But this Saturday, February 20, Boston’s Best Cruises is sponsoring a boat trip out to Spectacle Island for some wintertime fun on the island.

Hopefully, there’s a blanket of snow since REI will be sponsoring snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and it will be providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes on a first-come, first-served basis. If you prefer to keep your boots on the ground, you can also hike the island trails that lead to incredible vistas of downtown Boston and the other islands.

Visitors will be able to leave their gear and use the restrooms aboard the boat. The boat’s snack bar will also be open in case you want to warm up with some chowder, hot chocolate, or coffee.

Boats leave from Quincy and Boston’s Long Wharf. Cost is $14. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

If you need a traveling companion for the cruise with full visitor information and history of Spectacle Island— and all the islands— check out Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands.

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