South Boston Waterfront

Join excited crowds enjoying harbor-side views, Revolutionary War-era landmarks, as well as superb restaurants and museums along this thriving waterfront.

From humble beginnings as a tidal marsh, the South Boston Waterfront has become one of the city’s most attractive destinations. Historically, South Boston, or “Southie,” has been a working-class Irish neighborhood populated by clam diggers and railroad workers. Explore park-lined promenades, restaurant-filled thoroughfares and innovative museums, which have transformed this area over the last two decades.

Watch tankers and tugboats passing as you stroll along the scenic harbor. Catch a ferry to Boston Harbor Islands National Park, a collection of 34 islands, to enjoy sandy beaches and hiking trails. Don’t miss the partially restored Fort Warren on Georges Island, which once held Confederate prisoners.

Follow the waterfront to Castle Island, which despite its name, is connected to the mainland. This 22-acre (9-hectare) parkland is home to a five-point granite fort, called Fort Independence, which was built in the 19th century. Walk along the pathway that wraps around the perimeter of the parkland for lovely views of the city’s skyline.

For more history, visit the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, an imaginative museum that combines interactive technology with live re-enactments. Take the kids to the Boston Children’s Museum, which features fun, hands-on exhibits dedicated to a wide range of art and science topics.

Head to the Institute of Contemporary Art to see avant-garde exhibits in a striking modernist building. The building is designed to blend beautifully into the surrounding environment, with galleries that creatively highlight the seascape.

Browse high-end fashion boutiques in the waterfront’s commercial district. In the evening, choose your dining experience from a range of over 50 restaurants. Try a lobster roll from a street stall or savor seafood in a romantic waterfront setting.

Find out what exciting annual events are taking place during your visit. Catch an outdoor concert at the Institute of Contemporary Art or the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the summer.

The South Boston Waterfront is a few minutes’ drive from central Boston and has ample parking. Navigate the area easily on foot or by bike.

Experience the intriguing culture and history of this sophisticated area of Boston.

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