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Address: Salem Sound, Salem, MA 01944
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Take a boat to Great Misery and enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and...

Take a boat to Great Misery and enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and the North Shore.

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Love this Island!

I love Misery Island! We travel there by boat and my only complaint is the number of large boats rafting up together in the middle of Cocktail Cove. When the tide turns, they are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I love Misery Island! We travel there by boat and my only complaint is the number of large boats rafting up together in the middle of Cocktail Cove. When the tide turns, they are bumping into other boats, limiting any kind of privacy and make the island more of a party scene and not what it really is - a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

So we used the Sea Shuttle to get to this island. There was a pond, a site of an old hotel, casino, and where the water tower used to be. It was a lot of fun walking all around the island. It was cool to see how nature just kind of wipes away man's work, but the footprints are left... More 

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Groton, MA
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We rode the Sea Shuttle with Capt. John and 1st mate Ben to Misery Island. They were great! Sound system on the boat can be difficult to hear so try to sit near a speaker if you can. If you get off the Sea Shuttle at Misery Island the boat returns in 1 3/4 hours to pick up and complete... More 

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Love this place. It is a short paddle from Manchester harbor, or a very long one from Salem or Beverly. Also accessible by ferry from the Salem willows. There are a few nicely maintained trails, but this is an awesome place to just sit and enjoy being out in the harbor. Weekdays, the ranger isn't usually there so you don't... More 

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Salem, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I would highly recommend this great spot to visit on a hot summer day with a packed picnic. Accessible only by boat, you can either use your own or for just $10 round-trip, the Sea Shuttle available at 10 Blaney St.,is a great alternative.

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Thank Sandal1
Noblesville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Our boat the Sea Shuttle allowed us to disembark and explore the Island. Usually people are left for about two hours to hike the island. It is a good chance to observe birdlife close up.

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Thank Morgan W
Home Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Been here many times, always by dinghy from our sailboat, and it is always a pleasurable visit. "Cocktail Cove" on the north side of Great Misery is a bit of a powerboat zoo, crowded and loud, but just avoid that part and the rest is excellent. Nice, easy hiking trails all over the island, great views in all directions, interesting... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I've been here a few times and absolutely love it. I recommend it for anyone who wants to visit one of the islands in the area and explore some ruins from the 20th century.

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Thank leaton01
Gloucester, Mass.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Misery Island is today quite the opposite of its name—a place of quiet serenity that you can paddle to in a kayak from Manchester Harbor in about 40 minutes. Once at the narrow strait between Big Misery & Little Misery where you can put in, you have access to lovely shaded walks around the island and wild oaks to sit... More 

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2 Thank EastMainer
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

We took the Sea-Shuttle to Misery Islands. It was an additional $5.00 each to be dropped off on the island. It was so worth it. What a beautiful peaceful place. I highly recommend it and recommend bringing a lunch and having a picnic. On the opposite side of the island there is a great cove for swimming with beautiful old... More 

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