Spectacle Island

Boston, Massachusetts

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One of Boston’s greatest gems is its collection of 34 small islands scattered throughout the harbor. Many of these outcroppings provided excellent protection for the harbor, and you can still visit forts—some crumbling, others well preserved—that dot the harbor. Some of the islands have also been used for less savory purposes: garbage dumps, grazing pastures, and factories for rendering dead horses. Be warned against walking barefoot here; the oaks and elms lining Memorial Dr. drop acorns and sticks that make the grass treacherous. The upside is that the park is planted with indigenous plants and flowers that bloom in May, around Kennedy’s birthday. Continue on JFK St. across the Larz Anderson Bridge, and stop for a moment to watch the crew teams go by. If you’re on this walk during the third full weekend in October, you may be sharing your perch with thousands of college kids gathering for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta—the largest two-day rowing event in the world.

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"One of Boston’s greatest gems is its collection of 34 small islands scattered throughout the harbor. Many of these outcroppings provided excellent protection for the harbor, and you can still visit forts—some crumbling, others well preserved—that dot the harbor. Some of the islands have also been used for less savory purposes: garbage dumps, grazing pastures, and factories for rendering dead horses.

Be warned against walking barefoot here; the oaks and elms lining Memorial Dr. drop acorns and sticks that make the grass treacherous. The upside is that the park is planted with indigenous plants and flowers that bloom in May, around Kennedy’s birthday. Continue on JFK St. across the Larz Anderson Bridge, and stop for a moment to watch the crew teams go by. If you’re on this walk during the third full weekend
in October, you may be sharing your perch with thousands of college kids gathering for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta—the largest two-day rowing event in the world."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Spectacle Island

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Jun 2018