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Walking the Boston waterfront

Jun 6, 2006  taking sailing classes there
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 7 votes

Once sadly neglected, the harbor scene in Boston is now a great day trip and costs almost nothing! But you want to avoid the over populated tourist areas.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Don't Drive!

    Take the 'T' - the Aquarium stop lets you out practically in Columbus Park, the entrance to the waterfront. Parking is expensive and hard to find.

  • 2. Take your time

    If you're riding the 'T' schedules can be irregular, so sit back and enjoy the world class people watching.

  • 3. Breakfast

    Once you leave the subway, walk through Columbus Park and turn left on Commercial St. You'll come to Anthony's after a couple blocks. Any kind of breakfast you want, and it's doubtful you'll spend more than $5.00 for it.

  • 4. Start exploring the wharves

    The closest wharf is Lewis. Walk to its end where the Boston Sailing Center is located in a converted Mississippi River steamboat. If you're any kind of a sailor, go aboard. They'll be happy to give you a brochure and show you their boats.

  • 5. More wharves

    Continue your way along the waterfront. An easily followed path leads you over the stones where clipper ships once docked and now are slips for yachts that can take your breath away. After completing a walk around Commercial Wharf you may be feeling hungry.

  • 6. Lunch

    Head over to the Golden Goose on Commercial Street for a take away lunch. Deli sandwiches, cold drinks, chips for five to six dollars - perfecct for a picnic at the tables in a mini-park next door.

  • 7. The Aquarium

    The New England Aquarium is one of the best in the world, but for a budget day we're not going in. Outside there is a harbor seal exhibit that can be watched for free.These animals are endlessly fascinating; you'll have to tear yourself away to explore the other waterfront scenes all around.

  • 8. More waterfront

    Depending on your stamina , you can walk for miles, but usually the area around Columbus Park is sufficient for a day's exploration on foot. The ever changing activity of boats gives a small feeling of what this port was like in its heighday. Of course, you're going to get hungry again.

  • 9. Dinner

    There are two places that are especially appealing.. The Sail Loft, built on pilings over the water, is romantic and Joe's American Bar gives you outside tables on a deck next to the water. Both can be pricey, but go early and share some appetizers rather than have dinner. That way, even with drinks it probably won't cost more than $20.00 apiece.

  • 10. The moon rises

    Depending on when you go you could be fortunate enough to watch the moon rise over the harbor. At any rate savor the scene before you leave.