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Address: Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110
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Use to be home, now it is a place of entertainment and nostalgia.

I live in Boston for 28 years and now call New Hampshire home. I love living in NH and can not see me ever moving back to Boston or any city for that matter. BUT... Boston's... read more

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Jackson, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in Boston for 28 years and now call New Hampshire home. I love living in NH and can not see me ever moving back to Boston or any city for that matter. BUT... Boston's Waterfront is one of the most exciting and energizing places to enjoy some of the world's best seafood and people watching. You can choose... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to spend discovering Nooks and crannies of the city and for walking around if you like a busy seafront. Some sections are near tourist attractions . First advice research where you are and what you want to see rather than aimlessly walking around . Boston is a great place to explore and water front is large by definition

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great during the spring and summer. highly recommend on a sunny day. easy access by T - aquarium stop.

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newton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On of the beloved places among bostonians and guests for harbor walk in good weather. Depending on your time it can take more than hour

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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Many seafood restaurants on the waterfront. Busy little place for tourists and residents alike. Went to school at Harvard but spent many evenings at Boston's waterfront just enjoying the views.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely ice skating next to the Boston Harbor hotel. Relatively inexpensive and a nice, small rink for kids. Starbucks next door for warming up.

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Reading, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous walk, though can get breezy next to the water. Beautiful picture taking opportunities! There is also live music sometimes on summer nights.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The harbor presents a beautiful view on sunny days, and is much improved since being cleaned up over the past decade. Some shops around, too. Close to the ICA.

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Bryan, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The waterfront is a very lively place with all types of watercraft coming and going. There is a lot for kids to see and several different types of boat tours to go on. A must for a visit to Boston.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this quiet time out along the waterfront during a busy day of sightseeing. Easy to get around and off the tourist mainstream.

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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.