Boston's Waterfront

Boston Harbor has always played an important role in the development, history, and culture of the city. Today, the waterfront continues its active and vital role in shaping the fabric of Boston's contemporary cultural life. It's a choice destination for visitors and locals alike, year-round, but especially in the warmer months.

The Boston HarborWalk, a continuous public walkway along the water's edge, connects the city's neighborhoods by linking recreational, cultural, and historical attractions, as well as access to public transit, including water transportation. Stroll the harbor side, meandering among pocket parks, public art, restaurants, and cafes - all sharing amazing vistas. Take a small detour and board a harbor cruise, whale watch, schooner sail, or entertainment cruise. Another awesome aquatic experience awaits you at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf.

Top Activities on the Waterfront

  • 60 Rowes Wharf
  • (617) 951-2460

Classic Harbor Line operates the elegant 80 foot Schooner Adirondack III. They are dedicated to providing the most perfect hospitality & sailing experience one could find in Boston. Day sails, sunset sails, city lights and specialty sails! This Business is Group Friendly!…

  • 20 CUSTOM HOUSE Street
  • (617) 742-8677

#1 in Cruise Options. #1 in fun. Prepare to set sail with the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises. For 84 years, our family-owned operation has been manning the helm of the most high-tech, up-to-date and advanced fleet of cruise boats…

  • Central Wharf
  • (617) 973-5200

Experience the wonder of 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Get your hands wet at The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Watch Northern fur seals at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. Finally, experience an unforgettable film…

Where to Eat on the Waterfront

  • 3 Battery Wharf
  • (617)733-9022

Adding a modern twist to classic New England cuisine, dining at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront brings land and sea together to honor the region’s fishermen, farmers and culinary artisans. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Boston Harbor, Battery Wharf Grille is a…

  • 20 CUSTOM HOUSE Street
  • (617) 742-8677

No matter the occasion, a Dinner Cruise on Boston's iconic Odyssey or Spirit of Boston is sure to create an unforgettable evening. Dine the night away with friends and family and soak in Boston's skyline views. Includes 2 or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor, delicious menu…

  • 60 Long Wharf
  • (617) 227-1576

Chart House is located on Boston’s Long Wharf in the historical John Hancock Counting House. Combine the extraordinary setting with outstanding cuisine & you’ll see why it is a longtime favorite. Choose from famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon &…

  • 100 Atlantic Avenue at Commercial Wharf
  • (617) 367-8700

Joe's American Bar & Grill serves a fresh take on American classics alongside your all-time favorites, from prime burgers, seafood and authentic comfort food to pastas, soups and light salads. Discover the bold flavors and high quality ingredients you crave, all with a…

  • 255 State Street
  • (617) 742-5300

Legal Sea Foods operates award-winning restaurants committed to quality and freshness. It all started over 70 years ago with a fish market in Cambridge, MA – and today their pier-to-plate process brings over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish to the table throughout…

  • 70 Rowes Wharf
  • (617) 439-7744

The spectacular setting, innovative menu and contemporary design of the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, located at the Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel, combine to create the perfect waterfront dining experience. Nestled next to Rowes Wharf's signature grand archway, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille…

  • 294 Congress Street
  • (617) 778-2200

This waterfront restaurant has the classic steakhouse feel. The interior is designed with rich wood, supple leather, custom antique light fixtures, floor-to-ceiling windows and European-style exposition kitchen. There are two bars - a busy lounge and bar as you enter and a…

  • 540 Atlantic Avenue
  • (617) 451-1234

Trade Boston is a Greek restaurant inspired by coastal Mediterranean flavors. James Beard Award Winning Chef, Jody Adams, offers a menu of innovative and re-imagined Greek flavors.

  • 296 State Street
  • (617) 227-3838

Waterline offers classic New England fare, perfect for sharing and made from the finest, locally sourced ingredients. With numerous small plates, sandwiches, salads and larger dishes, we have something for every appetite. Our contemporary, open design overlooking Boston Harbor…

Where to Stay on the Waterfront

  • 3 Battery Wharf
  • (617) 994-9000

Discover Battery Wharf Hotel and experience one of the premier luxury Boston hotels. This sophisticated, urban, waterfront retreat is surrounded by unique shopping, fine dining, spectacular coastal views, and the rich historical setting of downtown Boston.

  • 70 Rowes Wharf
  • (617) 439-7000

Situated on Boston Harbor at the edge of the financial district, beautifully appointed rooms, fine dining, indoor garage parking, health club, indoor pool, Boston Harbor Hotel's grand arch is the first of many breathtaking sights that will greet you from our location at Rowes…

  • 296 State Street
  • (617) 227-0800

Overlooking scenic Boston Harbor, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf is within short walking distance of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and New England Aquarium and also just minutes from Boston Common, the Old North Church, and the TD Garden. All 400 luxurious guest rooms, including…

  • 510 Atlantic Avenue
  • (617) 747-1000

InterContinental Boston sits on Boston's historic Waterfront and symbolizes a new luxury hotel era in America's original city. This new stylish hotel features a bevy of innovative cocktail and dining options and a 6,600 square foot, full service Spa InterContinental with a newly…

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