No other place says Boston better than this neighborhood, where the accents are authentic and history is still present around every corner.
The setting for films from Good Will Hunting to The Departed, South Boston is emblematic of the city’s rough-talking, Irish-American spirit. The iconic row houses are here, of course, but the neighborhood is also known for its recently rehabilitated waterfront, many parks and historical monuments. Spend a day in South Boston, just next to downtown, to see all aspects of the city’s diverse culture.
Start near the sea on Castle Island, a park crowned by the high gray walls of an old defensive structure now used for public recreation. Walk up the hill to the Bunker Hill Monument, which commemorates one of the Revolution’s most important early battles or stroll past the historic graves of Forest Hills Cemetery. Have kids explore human environments from around the world at the Boston Children's Museum or natural ones at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Pick up prepared food or local produce from the Boston Public Market and picnic at South Boston Waterfront, where Boston’s industrial and naval histories collide. After lunch, see avant-garde collections and stunning sea-front views at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the edge of one of Boston’s newest restaurant districts. Have dinner in the sleek glass buildings lining Liberty Wharf, a short walk from the World Trade Center.
South Boston’s Irish pubs are always interesting places to make new friends. Chat with Bostonians over a glass of local beer at the Harpoon Brewery. End the day with a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
The South Boston neighborhood is adjacent to Downtown Boston, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Boston’s Red and Silver lines run through the district, and several buses provide additional connections. Walk from Boston Common to the South Boston Waterfront in about 30 minutes or drive in 10 minutes.
Many parts of South Boston are more residential than other parts of the city, making parking easier to find. Some areas are most easily accessed by car.