Enjoy panoramic views as you picnic in the park; or come face-to-face with sharks, turtles, and rays at the New England Aquarium. See history come to life at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, then set sail for the Harbor Islands on a daytime, sunset, or nighttime cruise.
The bustling Waterfront is featured on the itineraries of many Boston walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and history tours, among others. To see the city at your own pace, stop by on a hop-on hop-off trolley. Most sightseeing passes include admission to some Waterfront attractions.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Waterfront is a must for first-time visitors to Boston.
Take a light jacket, even in summer, as it can get breezy by the harbor.
How to Get There
The centrally located Waterfront is easily accessible by public transit. The MBTA Blue Line has the closest stations; some buses also stop in the area. Alternatively, take a ferry or water taxi.
When to Get There
Visit Boston between May and October for the best weather, which also overlaps with whale-watching season (April through October).
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
The first of its kind in Boston, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park was established in 1976. Relax in the pretty rose garden, or take the kids to the playground. During the summer, check out the free games and movies on the lawn.
- Rowes Wharf
- Simons IMAX Theatre at New England Aquarium
- New England Aquarium
- Quincy Market
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace
- Hard Rock Café Boston
- Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
- Boston Massacre Site
- Boston Old State House
- Boston Chinatown
- Boston Children's Museum
- Dreamland Wax Museum
- Old South Meeting House
- Paul Revere House
- Institute of Contemporary Art