Over the course of its history, Boston Harbor's Spectacle Island has been a quarantine site for Smallpox victims and a landfill for the city's trash. Over the last decade, however, the millions of tons of dirt created by Boston's Big Dig project were put to use transforming the site into something of which Boston residents can be proud.
With beaches, wooded areas, and marinas, the new and improved Spectacle Island provides the highest vantage point from which to enjoy Boston's skyline. Best of all, it's just a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown's Long Wharf. The next time you're in Boston, take a few hours to enjoy this newly rediscovered treasure.