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Boston Harbor

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.

Travelling isn't just about checking off new places on a map. It's about the friends we make and the adventures we have along the way!

Your trip to Boston Harbour is just about to get really exciting. There are loads of things to do, such as:

Have some time up your sleeve? Head to our Boston Harbour things to do page for a full list of activities.


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The Godfrey Hotel Boston £136
The Godfrey Hotel Boston

The Godfrey Hotel Boston

505 Washington Street, Boston, MA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Boston, this boutique hotel is steps away from Boston Opera House, The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing. Boston Common and Orpheum Theater are also within 5 minutes. Downtown Crossing Station and Chinatown Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    The Bostonian Boston £122
    The Bostonian Boston

    The Bostonian Boston

    26 North St, Boston, MA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is steps away from Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Freedom Trail and Quincy Market. Boston Harbor and Paul Revere House are also within 5 minutes. State St. Station and Haymarket Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Boston Park Plaza £170
      Boston Park Plaza

      Boston Park Plaza

      50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arlington Station is only a 2-minute walk and Boylston Station is 8 minutes.

        Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston £136
        Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston

        Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston

        54-68 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Boston Financial District, this hotel is steps away from Boston Massacre Site, The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market are also within 5 minutes. State St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Government Center Station is 4 minutes.

          Boston Omni Parker House Hotel £164
          Boston Omni Parker House Hotel

          Boston Omni Parker House Hotel

          60 School St, Boston, MA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Boston, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston City Hall, Quincy Market and Boston Common. New England Aquarium and Boston Tea Party Ship are also within 15 minutes. Government Center Station and State St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
            Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

            Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

            3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in North End, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Freedom Trail, Old North Church and Paul Revere House. Copp's Hill Burying Ground and New England Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Aquarium is 11 minutes by foot and Haymarket Station is 11 minutes.

              Hilton Boston Logan Airport £133
              Hilton Boston Logan Airport

              Hilton Boston Logan Airport

              One Hotel Drive, Boston, MA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Long Wharf, New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Harbor and The Freedom Trail are also within 3 miles (5 km). Airport Station is 16 minutes by foot and Maverick Station is 22 minutes.

                The Liberty, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston £156
                The Liberty, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

                The Liberty, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

                215 Charles St, Boston, MA
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in West End, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Massachusetts General Hospital and Museum of Science. The Freedom Trail and Boston Common are also within 15 minutes. Charles-MGH Station is only a 2-minute walk and Science Park Station is 8 minutes.