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There are enough activities to keep you going for a couple of days around the waterfront also some nice restaurants in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are enough activities to keep you going for a couple of days around the waterfront also some nice restaurants in the area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I so wish there were more activities especially in the Summer on the water front like renting paddle boats. the food establishments are very expensive there should be more family orientated places to eat with more activities for children.

Thank Lori D
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Waterfront Boston is a must see. Stroll around from north end waterfront all the way to Wharf/Aquarium and walk towards "Seaport district"

Thank Deepti P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are concert venues (some of them for free) around the waterfront. Historical sites and museums are right there within comfortable walking distance. Restaurant options abounding. Most a lot of shopping options there, which, depending on your point of view, could be a good thing.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While waiting for our evening flight we spent a half day walking the waterfront. Lovely area. Went to Institute of Contemporary Art (Free on a Fri!) and had a great lobster roll at Hooks on the way back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful waterfront that stretches far out east and west. You really need to look at a map of Boston to see just how the water/rivers flow. There is a lot to do on the waterfront, such as boat tours and the acquarium, but parking is a bit pricey. Very friendly place to be. Would definitely enjoy going back to experience... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The water front along congress has a lot to see but it is kind of a long hike...if you are a walker and like to walk then it is nothing, if you are not used to walking (like my kids) it was a bit of a trek.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Intercontinental Boston, which is right on the waterfront. Harborwalk is outside and runs alongside the water. The water taxi stop is right there, along with several restaurants.

Thank Arlene D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The harbor was a nice relaxing place. The parking was difficult because we didn't know where and when to go. Get there early for early bird parking. Be ready to pay 30 for parking, 45 or more for lunch, it's free to walk but everything else is costly. Got to see different ships.

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to see sail boats and breath in the fresh salt air! The airport is near here, so you see the planes coming in for landing here: really cool! The Marriott Harbor Hotel is near here, so there is a Starbucks to grab a drink on a hot day and just sit and people watch. It is very... More 

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.