Waterfront
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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.
How to get there
  • South Station • 5 min walk
  • Downtown Crossing • 6 min walk

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Laticia
Raton, NM6 contributions
Mar 2021
The people who are walking are the least concerned on the agenda. This place is for chauffeur driven elites. Restaurants are expensive. The walking paths abruptly ends and you are left wondering where else to begin or end your walk.
Written April 26, 2021
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Piotr H.
Lodz, Poland3,983 contributions
Jun 2019
Very nice area for a walk. There are a lots of interesting things to do. Even sitting on the grass and admiring the city :)
Written October 3, 2019
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vacations4u
Jackson, New Hampshire218 contributions
Feb 2016
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 places that fit any budget (you just have to know where they are) or where the rich and famous dine. What ever you want Boston's Waterfront has it. Clean, pristine and welcoming. Don't go to Boston without checking it out. Take it from a once local!
Written February 9, 2016
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Oscar371
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Having decided we wanted to visit the New England area of the US, Boston was an obvious choice. It was an easy drive from Newport, RI, to the waterfront Fairmont hotel. There is an obvious tourist precinct centred around the wharf area and the North End where most of the historical revolutionary sites are.
Generally speaking the hop on hop off tours are good and the market centre is a hub of tourist activity. The harbour is the best sight seeing attraction and the locals are putting a lot of effort into reclaiming the disused wharfs for residential use.
Hanover Street is a buzz of many Italian style restaurants and we made good use of this area and I had some of the best food of this style at Nicco's which is at the northern end. Add to that, the abundance of excellent seafood, Boston is an ideal spot for food buffs.
I think our short visit covered the main areas and we believe we got the gist of Boston in the time we spent there.
Written August 27, 2014
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Long Wharf is a gorgeous waterfront area to roam for a few hours. There are walking paths and boat rides, but you can also chill and relax and just enjoy the view.
Written June 24, 2015
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Lucy F
Mahopac, NY87 contributions
Went here because I saw it as a place to go on TripAdvisor. Its a nice place to walk around and see the views. We stopped at Legal Seafood for dinner. Walked through Quincy Market. Then went to the North End for the Little Italy of Boston and there we went to Mike's Bakery... A "must" got to bakery! All in all had a nice time and clocked 4200 steps :)
Written April 13, 2015
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JohnRWebb
Eastbourne, UK1,907 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
As you approach this area of Boston you see there are all types of boats here, from little private ones to very large ones that offer whale watching tours, fishing trips or just a boat tour of Boston waterfront and up the river and back. We just sat down and watched all the different types and size of boats moving about and also across the water we saw passenger planes of different sizes land and take off from Logan airport. We saw these guys that were skate boarding around the pier area not bothering if they just missed mothers and babies in pushchairs or anyone that got in their way even though the signs on the lamp posts clearly say no skate boarding? But unlike the UK the police arrived and guys disappeared as if like magic and was never seen again all the time we were there. We tried to eat at three different restaurants but were unsuccessful we guess as it was Saturday night so bought an ice cream instead. We saw a wedding reception high up which we guessed was taking place in an outside hotel roof area? As it was now dark we left this now peaceful waterfront area and headed back to the subway so glad we had found this great stretch of water in Boston City.
Thank you for reading this John & Sue Webb Eastbourne UK
Written February 22, 2015
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Julie A
Warwick, Maryland, United States40 contributions
Sep 2012 • Family
Here's where we went to the aquarium, picked up the trains, got on the ferry to go see Salem, got the water taxi to see Old Ironsides, etc. It's clean and beautiful to see. Must see.
Written February 25, 2013
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Marion C
North Attleboro, MA94 contributions
May 2012
There are so many great things about Boston, including the waterfront. Walking along the water, enjoying the sights of the local hotels, restaurants, tour boats, fishermen's boats and the tourists themselves.
Written August 21, 2012
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Heloisa Castelo
Paris, France409 contributions
Jul 2020
The seaport area has beautiful and modern buildings and great restaurants! It’s very pleasant to walk around
Written September 20, 2020
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