Boston Harbor

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Adore Boston’s charming working harbor from the waterfront or head out by boat to get to know it more intimately.

Ever since Boston Harbor was discovered by John Smith of “Pocahontas” fame, it has been at the forefront of this proud city’s identity. A major and somewhat dirty port for centuries, Boston’s harbor had a massive clean-up in the late 20th century. Now you can enjoy its substance and style.

Stroll along the Boston Harborwalk, a public walkway winding beside the waterfront through the city’s great harborside districts. In Charlestown, explore well-groomed parks and maritime history attractions, while enjoying gorgeous city views across the water. Make your way along the wharves and piers of Boston’s downtown and North End, stopping at the New England Aquarium to greet resident harbor seals.

Watch fishermen unload their catch at South Boston’s Fish Pier, a fascinating reminder that Boston Harbor remains a working port. Elsewhere in the area, visit the celebrated Institute for Contemporary Art and take a photo of its breathtaking design. Walk around South Boston Maritime Park and finish a near-perfect day with fresh local catch at nearby Legal Seafoods.

The Boston waterfront offers opportunities for jogging and cycling. Harborwalk paths feature spectacular views of the city, the water and the Harbor Islands beyond. As you look over the harbor, imagine the atmosphere in December 1773, when the Sons of Liberty threw an entire shipment of East India Company tea overboard, triggering a chain of events resulting in the Revolutionary War, leading to American independence.

Several companies offer boat trips and cruises in the harbor, and sailing centers provide sailboat rentals and lessons. Just 45 minutes by boat from downtown Boston are the Boston Harbor Islands, a gorgeous set of islands and peninsulas that make up a state-administered recreation area. Enjoy picnics, bird-watching and sunset views here. On the lovely Georges Island, which is home to the Civil War-era Fort Warren, a range of guided tours and summer afternoon concerts are available.

Boston Harbor’s various access points are well served by public transportation. Reach many of the Harbor Islands by commuter ferry. A number of attractions along the waterfront may have shorter opening hours in colder weather check in advance for details.

Top Hotels Close to Boston Harbor

The Revolution Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
3.5 out of 5
40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $253 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,066 reviews)
"Great location for us - easy 1/2 hour walk to harbour area and Boston Common. Rooms are nicely done - hardly any storage space - just small hanging rail with a few hangers and some coat hooks - no drawers or other shelves - we struggled with 2 large suitcases for space as the kingsize en suite room ..."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel Faneuil Hall, Boston
Club Quarters Hotel Faneuil Hall, Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA, 02110
The price is $287 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,584 reviews)
Great for Business Travel
"Great location for business travel! I was able to walk to both of my meetings. The Elephant & Castle inside hotel provides breakfast to go, which I found convenient."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

The Bostonian Boston
The Bostonian Boston
4 out of 5
26 North St, Boston, MA, 02109
The price is $299 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,912 reviews)
"The Bostonian was located perfectly for walking all over the city. Great staff and comfy rooms. The balcony is a big plus for the Bostonian. The on-site restaurant could have better kitchen."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

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The Revolution Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
3.5 out of 5
40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
Club Quarters Hotel Faneuil Hall, Boston
Club Quarters Hotel Faneuil Hall, Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA, 02110
The Bostonian Boston
The Bostonian Boston
4 out of 5
26 North St, Boston, MA, 02109
Harborside Inn Of Boston
Harborside Inn Of Boston
3 out of 5
185 State St, Boston, MA, 02109
Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
4 out of 5
89 Broad St, Boston, MA, 02110
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA, 02108
YOTEL Boston
YOTEL Boston
3.5 out of 5
65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA, 02210
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
4 out of 5
450 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210
citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114
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