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Unique Things to Do at Boston's Waterfront

By: Revere Hotel Boston Common / 05 Jul 2019
Unique Things to Do at Boston's Waterfront

Adventurous Things to Do at Boston's Waterfront: Awaken Your Senses

Dive into a mouthwatering lobster roll – the freshest you've ever tasted – at a picnic table along the water's edge. Feel the sunshine on your face as you stroll along Boston Harborwalk, exploring one park after another. Be inspired by pioneering artwork and be delighted by frisky harbor seals. Play frisbee with new friends along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Step on board centuries-old ships that left their mark on history. Create stories that you'll be sharing for years to come and memories to last a lifetime. Discover all the unique things to do at Boston's waterfront, just moments away from our one-of-a-kind hotel.

Feast on Fresh Seafood: Waterfront Views & Al Fresco Dining

From exquisite fine dining on white tablecloths to come-as-you-are seafood shacks with communal picnic tables – there's no better way to experience Boston's waterfront than with a just-caught meal of delicious seafood. You'll find every kind of New England seafood imaginable: buttery lobster rolls, crispy crab cakes, cold shrimp cocktails, fried clam strips, and clam chowder. And of course, there will be plenty of artisan cocktails and ice-cold craft beers from local breweries to wash it down. Check out some of these acclaimed waterfront restaurants for your next seafood extravaganza:
  • The Barking Crab – Discover a lively, casual hub with picnic tables right on the water, buckets of peel-and-eat-shrimp, and delectable crab cake sandwiches.
  • No Name Restaurant – Located on the historic Fish Pier since 1917, this casual hangout boasts fantastic views. It's a popular place for big shrimp platters and fresh lobster.
  • Legal Harborside – Find three levels of waterfront dining, including a stellar rooftop deck up top. Enjoy fine dining on the second level and watch oyster shuckers shuck at the first-floor oyster bar.
  • 75 on Liberty Wharf – Classic New England dishes are elevated with an upscale twist at this chic Seaport restaurant, and its floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of Boston Harbor.
  • James Hook & Company – With the ambience of a small fishing village up the coast, this beloved restaurant serves up award-winning lobster rolls. You'll find plenty of outdoor seating.

Boston Harborwalk: Wander the Water's Edge

Skirting the Boston shoreline for more than 40 miles, this vast linear park attracts pedestrians and bicyclists alike with its paved pathways and tranquil views. While Boston Harborwalk is not fully connected the entire way, most of it is – and that includes 40 waterfront parks, fishing piers, busy wharves, and long stretches of sandy beaches. It connects multiple neighborhoods for easy exploration, and is also home to hundreds of restaurants and shops. You can rent kayaks, wander through marinas, hop on a cruise of Boston Harbor, and much, much more at Boston Harborwalk.

Waterfront Museums: From Contemporary Art to American History

Many of Boston's most intriguing museums are located by the water, combining picturesque settings with phenomenal collections. Whether you're into forward-thinking art, naval history, or fun things to do with the kids, you'll find a museum where you can explore what interests you.
  • U.S.S. Constitution – Take a tour of "Old Ironsides," the first ship launched by the U.S. Navy way back in 1797. Located in Charlestown Navy Year, the U.S.S. Constitution was instrumental in saving the young American nation in the War of 1812. See unique exhibits about sailors' lives and famous battles.
  • New England Aquarium – Submerge yourself into a colorful underwater world at this renowned aquarium, with all types of sea life from sea turtles to penguins to jellyfish.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art – With stunning architecture and immaculate design, the exterior of this museum is an enticing taste of what's to come inside. See works by groundbreaking artists from all over the world.
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum – Experience cutting-edge, immersive exhibits that tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and tour three traditional ships from the era.
  • Boston Children's Museum – From a Japanese house and a bubble exhibition to a three-story climbing funhouse, this Fort Point playground provides hours and hours of hands-on fun.

Food Trucks, Fountains & Frisbee on Rose Kennedy Greenway

Stretching along Boston's waterfront from the North End to Chinatown, this 1.5-mile linear park is the city's newest obsession. As you wander along the walkway (about a 30-minute walk with no stops), you'll come across beautifully landscaped gardens, rooftop lounges, splash fountains, and a tantalizing collection of local food trucks. There are big green fields for playing frisbee, a carousel for the kids, and art installations along the way. Rose Kennedy Greenway hosts a fun variety of events and pop-up attractions, including outdoor beer gardens, weekly markets, and cultural festivals. It's a blast to explore the meandering, ribbon-like park where there's always something going on.

One-of-a-Kind Boston Boutique Hotel: Moments from the Waterfront

Discover the inspiring diversions and indomitable spirit of the city from a plush home base at our stylish hotel. Inspired by Boston's local culture and adventurous energy, Revere Hotel is ideally situated for all of your wanderings, meanderings, and urban expeditions. We're just a few steps from Boston Common and close to all the things to do at Boston's waterfront, including the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums (1.3 miles away), Rose Kennedy Greenway (0.9 miles), and New England Aquarium (1.6 miles). With authentic Boston cuisine, a rooftop bar, and rooms with balconies and views – Revere Hotel offers a completely unique experience of the city that you won't find anywhere else.

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