Ongoing Events

Arts

  1. Institute of Contemporary Art
    Institute of Contemporary Art: No visit to the waterfront is complete without a stop at the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the first art museum to be built in Boston in nearly 100 years. Opened in December 2006, the museum displays cutting-edge art in this magnificent building on the Boston HarborWalk, designed by the renowned architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Enjoy harbor views from famed chef Wolfgang Puck’s Water Café. Special thanks to Target for sponsoring free admission after 5 p.m. Thursday evenings. Make sure to check out the following exhibit:

    Gerard Byrne
    Case Study: Loch Ness (Some Possibilities and Problems)
    Irish artist Gerard Byrne brings his first U.S. solo museum exhibition to the ICA in an exploration of the infamous Loch Ness monster. Using video footage, photographs, and newspaper articles, Byrne delves into the legend of the Loch Ness monster and highlights mass media's influence on public opinion. Through 1 March 2009.

    For more information on ICA exhibits, performances, and events, visit ICA.

  2. Arts on the Point
    Located on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, Arts on the Point is the region’s first collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures by some of the world’s leading artists. Founded in 1997, the collection of contemporary art changes periodically. In January 2007, Roy Lichtenstein’s colorfully painted aluminum sculpture “Brushstroke Group” was installed in front of the campus Student Center. Other sculptures in the collection include works by Dennis Oppenheim, Mark di Suvero, William Tucker, Luis Jimenez, Seth Kane Kwei “Paa Joe” Joseph Tetteh Ashong, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, and Willem de Kooning. All University facilities are open to the public.

    For more information, call 617-287-5347 or visit Arts on the Point website.

  3. MIT Museum
    265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Home of the renowned Hart Nautical Gallery with exceptional ship models and superb examples of ocean engineering technology developed at MIT, the nautical collection is one of the oldest and most important marine technology collections in the USA. The museum also features exhibits on artificial intelligence and cutting edge technologies. For additional information, please visit MIT Museum.
  4. Art Exhibitions at the Moakley Federal Courthouse
    The Moakley Federal Courthouse hosts local and national artists' work throughout their 1st and 2nd floor galleries. On permanent display are The Boston Panels by Ellsworth Kelly, a series of large-scale aluminum panels painted in nine colors.

    Inside the Courthouse, electronic devices must be checked with security, and two forms of identification, including one with a photograph, are required.

    For more information, call 617-261-2440 or visit Moakley Federal Courthouse website.

  5. Fort Point Art Gallery
    Located on the lower level of 300 Summer Street, in the Fort Point Channel Area, the Fort Point Art Gallery displays innovative works by Fort Point artists. The gallery is located in an artist coop-building with artist's live/work space exclusively. While visiting the gallery, be sure to leave time to eat at the popular Channel Café.

    For more information on exhibition schedules, call 617-423-4299 or visit the web site at Fort Point Arts.

Harbor Tours

  1. TBHA Harbor Tours
    The Boston Harbor is a vibrant, attractive destination throughout the year. TBHA hosts several free harbor cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands for the general public. Reservations are required. For more information on upcoming harbor cruises, please visit our events page at HarborWalk Events.

Walking Tours

  1. HarborWalk Tours by The Boston Harbor Association
    Participate in one of TBHA's free HarborWalk tours, learn about recent changes and improvements to Boston's HarborWalk, view public art, and make recommendations on how public access can be improved. Your comments, observations, and suggestions will be incorporated into TBHA's ongoing efforts to make the HarborWalk an inviting and enjoyable destination for all. Children and adults, residents and visitors are all encouraged to come along.

    For more information, call 614-482-1722 of visit the Boston HarborWalk Events web site.

  2. Courthouse Tours
    On the South Boston waterfront, stop by to enjoy a guided tour of the art (including specially-commissioned paintings by Ellsworth Kelly) and architecture of the Moakley Federal Courthouse and to learn about the Federal Court system. Offered by "Discovering Justice: the James D. St. Clair Court Education Project", these unique tours occur year round Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at no charge. Electronic devices are not permitted in the Courthouse and must be checked with security. Two pieces of identification, including one with a valid photograph, are required to gain access to the Courthouse.

    For more information, please call 617-748-4185 or visit Discovering Justice website.

  3. Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
    Besides one of the best-designed Harborwalk segments, we highly recommend a tour of the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. A gem in the eyes of environmentalists and water-quality activists, this secondary treatment facility serves as a model for engineers and public works professionals around the world. The 140-foot-high, 3-million-gallon egg-shaped digester tanks have even been hailed as an architectural marvel. Available by reservation on the first Tuesday of each month from April to early November, the MWRA offers public tours of Deer Island beginning at 9:30 a.m. These public tours include a chance to view the state-of-the-art facility that treats wastewater from 43 communities to ensure that Boston Harbor remains one of the cleanest harbors in the United States. Tours also include a visit to the award winning Pump House building.

    For more information, please contact the MWRA at 617-660-7607 or visit MWRA web site.

Sailing

  1. Community Boating
    Community Boating is the largest and oldest public sailing program of its kind in the United States. Located on the Charles River Basin, the Club offers a variety of memberships for adults and youths as well as race nights, classes, windsurfing, special outings, children's field trips, and a $1 summer sailing instruction program for Boston youths. Community Boating is also the largest single site for high school sailing in the U.S., serving more than fifteen teams from the Mass Bay League each season.

    For more information on Community Boating, call 617-523-1038 or visit Community Boating.

  2. Courageous Sailing Center
    Learn to sail in Boston Harbor! The Courageous Sailing Center at Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard offers on-water sailing instruction for youths and adults, recreational racing classes, and overnight sailing trips to the Boston Harbor Islands. Winner of past "Best of Boston" awards as the best sailing center in Boston, Courageous offers adult memberships and runs a free summer sailing instruction program for Boston youths. For hardy individuals, the Frostbite Racing Series takes place on Saturdays from November 1 through March 31. The Summer 2009 sailing season begins in May and operates through October 31.

    For more information, please call the Courageous Sailing Center at 617-242-3821 or visit Courageous Sailing web site.

  3. Boston Sailing Center at Lewis Wharf
    From complete beginner to experienced sailor, this comprehensive facility in downtown Boston has lesson programs, memberships, day charters, racing programs and cruising itineraries to suit every need. Voted "Best Sailing Instruction in Boston" by Boston Magazine, the Center teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons on Boston Harbor using boats ranging in size from 23 to 40 feet. Center members sail whenever and as often as they want, without the need for boat ownership. The sailing season will begin April 28th 2009. Relaxed sightseeing cruises aboard the Center's bigger boats are a popular way for visitors to Boston to experience the Harbor firsthand.

    For additional information, call 617-227-4198, or visit Boston Sailing Center.

  4. Piers Park Sailing Center
    Located in Massport’s award-winning Piers Park, the Piers Park Sailing Center provides a variety of sailing programs for adults and children on the East Boston waterfront. There are free summer and after-school programs for youths (ages 10 to 17) as well as adult sailing instruction, weekly racing, adaptive sailing classes for persons with disabilities, and regattas and special events. The Summer 2009 season runs from April through October.

    For more information on Piers Park Sailing Center, please call 617-561-6677 or visit Piers Park Sailing Center web site.

Museums and Exhibits

  1. Sea Creatures in Glass
    Now through 22 January 2009, open 6:00 pm daily. Visit an aquarium of a different sort at the Harvard Museum of Natural History with its ongoing "Sea Creatures in Glass" exhibit. In the mid-1800s, before photograph or video technology, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology commissioned a collection of more than 400 animal models by German artists Leopold and his son Rudolph Blaschka. The incredibly accurate and colorful sculptures are sure to astound any viewer.

    Location: The Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. For more information, please visit Harvard Museum of Natural History or call 617-495-3045.

  2. Thompson Island Outward Bound Photography Exhibit
    During the month of February, visit the Outward Bound Photograph exhibit at the South Boston Branch Library. The exhibit showcases photographs by Joan Ross of the Outward Bound program on Thompson Island. Library open to the public Monday 12-8, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 12-8, Friday and Saturday 9-5. Call 617-268-0180 for more information, or visit Boston Public Library website.
  3. " Highway to the Past, The Archaeology of the Central Artery Project" - Commonwealth Museum
    When visiting the Kennedy Library, be sure to leave time for the Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts Archives. A special exhibit, "Highway to the Past, The Archaeology of the Central Artery Project" includes excavated items from Charlestown, the North End, South Boston and a portion of Massachusetts Bay as part of the preparation for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Also visit another of their ongoing exhibits, "Le Grand Dérangement: The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts, 1755-1766”. On the eve of the French and Indian War, the Acadians, French inhabitants of Nova Scotia, were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated in the American colonies. This exhibit tells the story of those sent to Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Museum is open to the public, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and on the second and fourth Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm during non-holiday weekends. Parking and admission is free.

    For more information please call 617-727-9268 or visit Commonwealth Museum website.

  4. Hull Life Saving Museum
    Dramatically situated at the mouth of Boston Harbor, with breathtaking views of Boston Light and the Graves Lighthouse, the museum is located in the restored 19th century Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, home of Joshua James and his crews, the most celebrated lifesavers in the world. A great family destination, as well as scholarly site, the Hull Life Saving Museum is for visitors of all ages to delight in learning about storms, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and rescues from vibrant, hands-on exhibits. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    For more information, call 781-925-0992 or visit Hull Life Saving Museum web site.

  5. The U.S.S. Constitution and the WWII destroyer U.S.S Cassin Young
    Among the best bargains on Boston's waterfront are visits to the USS Constitution and the WWII destroyer USS Cassin Young. Both are free to the public and an easy trip from downtown Boston by MBTA water shuttle for $1.70 one way. The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Built in the Navy Yard between 1794-97, it has been permanently berthed there since 1897. Tours of the Constitution are available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays during the winter and Tuesdays through Sundays during the summer. The destroyer Cassin Young was de-commissioned in 1960 and has been docked at the Navy Yard since that time. Tours are available daily at 10 am and 4 pm, weather permitting.

    Be sure also to visit the nearby USS Constitution Museum (admission policy of pay what you wish), with its many creative and informative exhibits.

    For more information call 617-426-1812, 617-242-5601 or visit USS Constitution web page.

  6. The New England Aquarium
    In addition to the playful harbor seals that can be seen for free in the outdoor tank next to the ticketing booths and HarborWalk, the New England Aquarium's indoor 200,000 gallon "Giant Ocean Tank" is home to endangered and threatened sea turtles, stingrays, needlefish, and other animals in a Caribbean reef exhibit. A live penguin habitat and animal recovery center can also be viewed at the Aquarium. At the Amazing Jellies exhibit, see the smallest and largest jellyfish, and learn how the jellyfish swim, eat, sting, and glow.

    Enjoy the special exhibit “Walk Like A Penguin!” Discover how these aquatic birds eat, swim, stay warm and more. Pick up your Penguin Passport and follow the Penguin Path throughout the Aquarium. While touring the Aquarium enjoy the daily activities that include: Giant Ocean Tank Talks, Giant Ocean Tank Divers, Live Animal Presentations, and many more.

    The Simons IMAX Theatre, located next to the Aquarium, features a 65-foot screen. The slight curvature of the screen extends to the edge of your peripheral vision. Amazing IMAX films will take you where you've only dreamed of going! Through the magic of IMAX and IMAX 3D, you can visit animals and habitats that are too large, too small or too endangered to exhibit in an Aquarium setting or go on incredible journeys to the bottom of the sea, outer space, and almost anywhere in between.

    For a current listing and schedule, please visit New England Aquarium web site or call 617-973-5200.

  7. The U.S.S. Constitution Museum
    One of the little-known jewels along Boston Harbor is the U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Charlestown, with its excellent interactive exhibits devoted to the history of "Old Ironsides." Visitors can swing from a sailor's hammock, maneuver Old Ironsides into a firing position, try a video battle, take a self-guided tour of the highlights in the Museum, and watch volunteers from a Model Ship Building Club. The USS Constitution current feature program is "Old Ironsides: Across the Nation”. This program promotes renewed national support for, and dedication to, USS Constitution and the American ideals of freedom and democracy.

    Also featured in the exhibit gallery is "A Sailor’s Life for Me?" This exhibit allows the public to experience the USS Constitution’s War of 1812 from the sailor’s point of view. The public will explore the 19th century naval battle ship through hands-on activities such as trying on the sailors’ uniforms, balancing on a footrope, and swinging in a hammock. Also enjoy watching a multimedia presentation about the ship’s most famous battle with HMS Guerierre during which the ship gained her nickname "Old Ironsides."

    One hour thematic tours of the exhibits are available by reservation, as well as our 15–20 minute Gallery Talks. Admission to the USS Constitution Museum is on a pay-what-you-want basis, and is handicap accessible. The Museum is open daily from 9am-6pm, May through October and from 10am-5pm during the winter months.

    For more information call 617-426-1812 or visit USS Constitution Museum web site.

  8. John F. Kennedy Library and Museum"
    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Tour the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and relive the powerful story of the Kennedy years. In the three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, you will enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership. Visit the striking I.M Pei building on Boston’s waterfront. Located on a ten-acre park landscaped with pine trees, shrubs and wild roses reminiscent of the landscape of Cape Cod familiar to President Kennedy. Overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26' sailboat Victura is on display on the Museum grounds at the edge of Boston Harbor.

    The Museum is open 7 days per week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

    For additional information, call 617-514-1600 or visit John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum web site.

  9. The Boston Children's Museum
    The first “green” museum in Boston opened 14 April 2007! Visitors enter the museum through a new glass-walled main entrance that transforms the 19th century warehouse into a modern light-filled reception area. Children will enjoy the New Balance Climb, a three story tall climbing structure and Kids Power, with bikes, basketball, wall climbing and an interactive dance floor. A 160-seat theater, expanded Art Studio and a remolded Arthur exhibit have also been added.

    The newly renovated main entrance of the Boston Children’s Museum features recycled flooring and steel beams with a roof made from organic material and plants. Storm water reclamation on both the “green” and old roofs of the museum will reduce run-off into Fort Point Channel. The museum will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Outside the main entrance, visitors will enjoy new entertainment features including an outdoor learning center, an adventure zone, a maze plaza, and an outdoor café. Visitors can get lunch and snacks at the new Au Bon Pain café located in the Museum or ice cream and snacks at the newly renovated Hood Milk Bottle.

    You and your family can enjoy the Boston Children’s Museum for only $1.00 Friday evenings 5:00-9:00 pm thanks to Target.

    For more information, call 617-426-8855 or visit Boston Children's Museum web site.

  10. Children on Hangzhou: Connecting with China
    Through 4 January 2009. See the everyday life of Boston’s sister city, Hangzhou, through the eyes of children in one of the most exciting exhibits along the Fort Point Channel. In addition to English, exhibit audio information is available in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese languages. Hands-on learning about Chinese performing arts, cooking, poetry, painting and much more.

    Location: Boston Children’s Museum, Fort Port Channel.

    For more information, please visit: Boston Children Museum: Children on Hangzhou: Connecting with China.

  11. The New England Economic Adventure
    The Boston Federal Reserve Bank presents an adventure of unique educational programs designed to teach visitors about improvements in living standards through lively interactive games, exhibits, and activities.

    For more information, call 800-409-1333 or visit Economic Adventure.

  12. Monumental Works, An Exhibition of Art by Anthony Quinn
    Through August 2008. View the only U.S. showing of the late actor Anthony Quinn's works of art, including of sculptures, sketches, bas-reliefs and lithograph, many never before seen in public. On display at the InterContinental Boston. A free written guide is available from the hotel concierge.

    Location: InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave.

    For more information, please visit Anthony Quinn or call the InterContinental Boston at (617) 747-1000.

  13. History of Boston Harbor
    The lobby of the Boston Harbor Hotel is home to Norman B. Leventhal's renowned collection of Boston Harbor maps. Nearly 90 maps show exploration, development, and changes along the waterfront of Boston and the New England coast from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century. These priceless maps are on permanent display.

    For more information, contact the Boston Harbor Hotel at 617-439-7000.

Film Series

  1. IMAX Movies at the New England Aquarium
    The giant screen 65 feet high by 85 feet wide is taller than a six story building! The slight curvature of the screen extends to the edge of your peripheral vision.

    Amazing IMAX films will take you where you've only dreamed of going! Join us for incredible journeys to the bottom of the sea, outer space, and almost anywhere in between. Through the magic of IMAX and IMAX 3D, you can visit animals and habitats that are too large, too small or too endangered to exhibit in an Aquarium setting.

    For a current listing and schedule, please visit New England Aquarium web site.

    Currently showing: Currently showing such titles as Dolphins and Whales 3D- Discover the Ocean, Deep Sea 3D, and Sharks 3D. These amazing underwater adventures will transport you to the oceans to observe fascinating sea animal behaviors. Tickets: Adults $9.95, Children $7.75.

    For show times and further information, contact 617-973-5200 or visit New England Aquarium website.

Off the Beaten Path

  1. The Boston Athenaeum
    For a different experience, be sure to visit the "Always Delightfully Cool: Summer Vacations in Northern New England 1825-1900" exhibit, through 22 August 2008. Housed in the nation's oldest independent library, the exhibit is a collection of advertising prints, photographs, maps, sheet music covers, and large-scale chromolithographs that document the most popular beaches, mountains and lakes for vacationing in the 19th century. Don't miss the poster highlighting Nantasket Beach and the Boston-Hingham Steamboat Co. Free: complementary tours of the Boston Athenaeum are also given Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm. Hours Mon 9 am to 8 pm, Tues-Fri 9 am to 5:30 pm.

    Location: 10 Beacon Street, Boston. Near the MBTA Park Street station. For more information, visit Boston Athenaeum, or call 617-227-0270.

  2. The Charlestown Navy Yard
    The U.S.S. Constitution Museum and the U.S.S. Constitution are just part of the National Park Service's offerings and attractions at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The information center also provides daily program schedules. Self-guided or ranger-guided tours can be arranged to explore other sites, including Dry Dock 1, which is one of the first dry docks constructed in the nation. Hours of operation are from 9am-5pm.

    At Yard's End on the Little Mystic Channel, visit Building #114. Built in 1903 as the U.S. Navy's joinery shop, Building 114 is now a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility. The ground floor features an exhibit of the building's rich history, old photographs, boat models, and a display of tools used in boat making. Outside, a 25-foot bandsaw, once used to cut lumber for naval vessels, is displayed next to the HarborWalk. The blade for the bandsaw hangs from the ceiling of the building's lobby. Public restrooms and vending machines are also available to the general public.

    For more information, call the National Park Service at 617-242-5601.

  3. Marriot Long Wharf Hotel
    One of the best-kept secrets among Harbor goers is a series of Harbor-related art on the second-floor lobby of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. As you step off the escalator, note the 19th Century ship model of the USS Constitution. Turn left off the escalator, and see a timeline of the development of Spectacle Island and porcelain artifacts recovered from it. In the lobby area next to the registration desk, note the two-story paintings (a set of three) showing Long Wharf as a major fishing and maritime trading center done by artist William C. Reynolds.
  4. Charles River Dam and Pumping Station
    One of the best places to see the transition between the Charles River and the Boston Harbor is the Charles River Dam and Pumping Station. From this vantage point, come and see pleasure boats negotiating the dam’s lock system. The dam also includes a fish ladder that allows for passage of anadromous fish (alewife herring, rainbow smelt and shad) during the migration season in late spring. A pier overlooking Boston Harbor with fish cleaning stations is a perfect spot for some friendly fishing. Visitors can also create their own music by playing with the colorful, interactive bells designed by local artist Paul Matisse (relative of French impressionist Henri Matisse), or admire the nearby elegant Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. An earlier dam, located beneath the Museum of Science, was completed in 1910 with the purpose of creating a freshwater river basin and riverfront park in Boston. The current Charles River Dam and Pumping Station, completed in 1978, is located behind the Fleet Center and houses six pumps that provide flood control protection. An interpretive display and periodic tours describe the management history of the Charles River Basin, water quality improvements, and background on the dam and locks.

    For a tour schedule and more information, please call DCR at 617-626-1481 or 617-626-1483 or visit DCR website.

  5. Teen Nights at the ICA
    ICA Teen Nights are art happenings organized by teens for teens at Boston’s newest waterfront museum. Join your peers for artist talks, karaoke, fashion shows, poetry readings and more. Young people ages 14-18 are welcome. Admission is free.

    For additional information, please visit ICA website.

  6. Boston Harbor Islands
    For more than three decade, The Boston Harbor Association has been promoting the Boston Harbor Islands. In the mid-1970s, The Boston Harbor Association was the first organization to organize trips for the public to the Harbor Islands. TBHA actively participated on the Spectacle Island Park Advisory Committee whose work resulted in the public opening of Spectacle Island in summer of 2006 with a visitor's center, dock, and beach. As a member of the Boston Harbor Island Advisory Council, TBHA actively promotes affordable water transportation to ensure access to the Islands for all. TBHA sponsors free programs to the Harbor Islands every year that introduce the public to the joys of the Boston Harbor Islands and provides background and information about these local treasures.

    Boston's Harbor Islands were designated as a national park area in 1997, consisting of 32 islands and 2 coastal peninsulas. As close as 20 minutes from Boston's downtown by ferry, the Harbor Islands provide the perfect escape for a short day trip right in Boston's backyard. Activities by a number of non-profit and public agencies present ideal ways to examine local history, scientific research, archaeology, and architecture. For a listing of activities and access for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, visit Boston Harbor Islands website.

Restaurants

    East Boston

  1. Angelo’s Seafood Restaurant
    297-299 Chelsea Street. Eat at the long bar with a family-friendly Italian atmosphere or outside on a patio during the warm weather. Angelo's offers a wide assortment of pastas and fresh, grilled seafood.
  2. Meridian 155
    155 Meridian Street. This trendy new coffee shop offers lattes, cappuccino and Chai tea, as well as muffins, breakfast sandwiches, gelato and other tasty baked goods. Sit down in the clean modern atmosphere with free Wi-Fi or order your selections to go.
  3. Santarpio Pizza
    113 Chelsea Street. No trip to East Boston is complete without a taste of Santarpio's quality thin crust pizza. Relax with family and friends, enjoy the unadorned atmosphere and play a song on the jukebox.
  4. Sonny Noto's Restaurant
    22 Central Square. Sonny Noto's has been around forever and remains an East Boston staple. Come for the friendly staff, a famous steak and cheese sub or a variety of Italian and BBQ dishes with chicken, steak or sausage.
  5. Taqueria Cancun
    192 Sumner Street. This popular tiny taco stand in Maverick Square offers sit down service with an extensive menu of authentic Mexican food for easy prices. Try a hearty plate of steak tacos, guacamole, rice and beans, save room for a strawberry milkshake.
  6. Charlestown

  7. Olives
    10 City Square. Located adjacent to City Square Park, Olives offers a quiet, chic atmosphere and a variety of handcrafted pastas, creative appetizers, salads, and delicious selection of entrées.

    For additional information, please visit Olives website.

  8. Sorelle Bakery & Cafe
    100 City Square. Sorelle offers a wide range of gourmet coffee shop options including soups, salads, and made to order sandwiches. Enjoy their selection of baked goods and hot breakfast option in a spacious modern location.

    For additional information, please visit Sorelles Bakery & Cafe website.

  9. Cold Stone Creamery
    Nestled in 100 City Square in Charlestown is what some consider "the highest quality ice cream available." Stone Cold Creamery got its name from its ice cream creations, which were made to order for each customer by "blending in mix-ins on a frozen granite stone." The ice cream is made fresh in the store every day!
  10. Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar
    If fine dining in a “relaxed atmosphere” is your thing, then you must check out Navy Yard Bistro. Located on the corner of First Avenue and 6th street (behind “Store 24”), this restaurant brings you fine French cuisine “with an international twist.” The restaurant provides an open kitchen atmosphere, an extensive bar with many wine and beer selections, and indoor and outdoor dining.
  11. Tavern on the Water
    Located within walking distance of the U.S.S Constitution, Tavern on the Water on 1 Pier 6, 8th Street in Charlestown provides views of the city from the Charlestown Navy Yard. The restaurant serves great meals in a casual environment, that include burgers and daily fish specials.
  12. Downtown

  13. Oceana
    296 State Street. Located in the Marriot Long Wharf. While the panoramic views distinguish this location, the plush, colorful maritime décor recalls the glamorous age of classic cruise ships. Diners will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in our spacious dining room, shaped like a ship's bow. Enjoy the harbor views while dining on the outdoor terrace.
  14. Sel de la Terre
    255 State Street. Enjoy the variety of the brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night menus offering quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. Look for the famous homemade breads available for take out.

    For additional information, please visit Sel de la Terre website.

  15. Boston Harbor Hotel
    Enjoy the outstanding waterfront views while dining on fine food served at Meritage, Intrigue Café, or the Rowes Wharf Bar. For fine indoor dining, go to the Meritage where chef Daniel Bruce provides seasonal dishes that include Kobe beef and Nantucket scallops. For a casual outdoor experience that provides views of the water, go to the Intrigue café. These fine dining establishments are located at 70 Rowes Wharf.
  16. The Sail Loft
    Located at 80 Atlantic Avenue, the Sail Loft’s nautical theme fits its location on the North End Waterfront. A great menu includes fried shrimp, burgers, and their house-made clam chowder (served in a big ceramic mug). One of the Loft’s staples: Cookie jars filled with Oreos, a sure crowd pleaser!
  17. Rudi's Bistro
    30 Rowes Wharf at Atlantic Ave. Rudi's offers an array of tasty salads, pastas and made to order sandwiches, vegetarian options and organic snacks. You can stay and enjoy the casual atmosphere while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.
  18. Tia’s on the Waterfront
    Popular among the young professional crowd, Tia’s, located at 200 Atlantic Avenue, serves a wide selection of cocktails (try the signature Flirtini) and beers (15 varieties). The 55 outdoor tables draw crowds, especially during the warm summer evenings.
  19. Chart House
    60 Long Wharf. Located on Long Wharf, the historic Chart House offers creative and gourmet variations on seafood, steaks and chicken. Enjoy a Harbor view from the outdoor patio in warm weather.

    For additional information, please visit Chart House website.

  20. Emack & Bolio’s
    255 State Street. Located across from the New England Aquarium, locally owned Emack & Bolio’s serve up some of the area’s best ice cream and smoothies. Enjoy one of their creative ice cream flavors, vitamin-charged juice smoothies, or soda floats (with their sodas from their very own micro brewery).
  21. Fort Point Channel

  22. InterContinental Hotel
    510 Atlantic Avenue. Located on the Fort Point Channel, the InterContinental Hotel offers three different dinning experiences.

    Miel Brasserie Provencal
    Located off the main lobby, offers a variety of French dishes by celebrity chef Jacque Chibois. Open 24 hours a day. Enjoy organic ingredients, an extensive wine collection, a New England Raw Bar and comforting and classy ambiance, with indoor and outdoor seating and views of Fort Point Channel.

    Rumba
    Located off the hotel lobby, is a sophisticated international cocktail bar specializing in Champagne and Rum. This small intimate bar celebrates Boston’s history in the rum trade.

    Sushi Teq
    Opening in March 2007, offers a creative fusion of Japanese and Spanish with a blend of sushi and tapas. Trendy and techy iPod docks and salsa dancing create a unique experience.

  23. The Barking Crab
    88 Sleeper Street. Enjoy casual waterfront dining on Fort Point Channel. Favorite dishes from the menu include New England clam chowder and fried clam platters. Non-fish dishes are also available ranging from pastas to curries. Live music is offered Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Boaters are welcome to tie up free of charge while dining.
  24. The Channel Cafe
    300 Summer Street. Located in the lower level this friendly neighborhood cafe serves healthy, creative cuisine with an affordable selection of beer and wine.

    For additional information, please visit The Channel Cafe website.

  25. Finagle A Bagel
    303 Congress Street across from the Boston Children’s Museum. Visitors can enjoy freshly baked bagels and homemade flatbread pizzas, soups and sandwiches.
  26. Au Bon Pain
    300 Congress Street, Boston Children’s Museum. Visitors can enjoy lunch or snacks while they visit the Museum and HarborWalk. Outdoor seating will be available during the warmer months.
  27. South Boston

  28. LTK Bar & Kitchen
    225 Northern Avenue. Legal Sea Foods Company’s newest restaurant provides innovative technology including Wi-Fi access and table docks for iPod. The menu offers an array of multi-cultural items including a variety of ethnicities such as Asian, Indian, European, South American as well as the United States.

    For more information, please visit LTK website.

  29. Morton's, The Steakhouse
    Two Seaport Lane. Opened in November, 2007, this is the second Boston restaurant of the well-known Morton’s chain which began in Chicago in 1978. Enjoy lunch at this Seaport location, or have cocktails and dinner near the South Boston waterfront.

    For additional information, please visit Morton's, The Steakhouse website.

  30. Lucky’s Lounge
    355 Congress Street. On the corner of Congress Street and A Street, Lucky’s Lounge offers visitors a “Den of Cocktail Cool” where they can experience live music ranging from R&B to classic rock to Sinatra. Enjoy the creative American cuisine of the regular menu or the Sinatra Sunday Brunch.

    For more information, visit Lucky’s Lounge website.

  31. Flour Bakery + Café
    12 Farnsworth St. near Congress Street. Enjoy freshly in-house baked goods and a variety of soups and sandwiches.

    For more information, visit Flour Bakery + Café website.

  32. Salvatore's
    225 Northern Avenue. This casual upscale Italian restaurant opens this June. The lunch and dinner menus will feature gourmet pizzas, calzones, pastas and Northern Italian entrees. Featuring a traditional Tuscan-style dining room and a seasonal patio.

    For additional information, please visit Salvatore's website.

  33. Blue Wave Bar & Grill
    343 Congress Street. This sophisticated martini bar boasts multiple plasma televisions making a sports friendly hang out with DJ’s and live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Also popular for inexpensive lunches.

    For more information, visit Blue Wave Bar & Grill.

  34. Daily Catch Restaurant
    In addition to a second floor café inside the Moakley Courthouse with incredible views of the harbor and downtown Boston, the Daily Catch Restaurant next to the water transportation dock and Courthouse HarborWalk is open for lunch and dinner. The Daily Catch prepares some of Boston’s freshest fish. While taking in the views of the Harbor and downtown Boston, come and enjoy the seafood offerings that include the Famous Fried Calamari. Be sure to view the free interactive displays of the Boston Harbor Islands during your visit.

    For more information, call 617-772-4400 or visit Daily Catch Restaurant website.

  35. Seaport Bar & Grille
    150 Northern Avenue. This waterside bar and grille with a local feel offers a roof deck dining with full menu in the summer and a variety of draft beers to enjoy at the bar. There is free public access to the dock overlooking Boston Harbor as part of the HarborWalk system.
  36. Water Café
    Located in the new Institute of Contemporary Art. Wolfgang Puck’s Water Café on the ground floor features sliding doors that face the harbor. Floor to ceiling glass panels slide over and stack to create an open air dining experience. Enjoy harbor views while dining in this unique Harborside café.

    For more information, please visit Water Café website.

  37. Yada Yada Bakery & Café
    34 Farnsworth Street. Enjoy made to order sandwiches and soups. This family owned and operated café offers an intimate dining experience located near the Courthouse MBTA stop on the Silver Line Waterfront line.
  38. Eastern Pier II
    146 Northern Avenue. One of Boston's few restaurants that has outdoor seating right on the water. With authentic Hong Kong and one-of-a-kind Szechuan cuisine, Eastern Pier II is popular among seafood-lovers and Chinese food fanatics alike.
  39. Dorchester

  40. McKenna’s
    109 Savin Hill Avenue. This local favorite serves breakfast all day long with tasty options such as blueberry pancakes, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and plenty of baked goods. McKenna’s offers a casual, family friendly atmosphere.
  41. C.F. Donovans
    112 Savin Hill Avenue. This popular location offers an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere while offering a variety of menu options ranging from steak tips to pizzas. Enjoy you meal with live music in the evenings.
  42. Seapoint Restaurant
    367 E Eighth Street. In addition to the extensive seafood menu, Seapoint Restaurant offers video games and televisions to follow sports as well as Trivia Thursdays at 8pm.
  43. Bon Bon Pizza and Café
    27 Harbor Point Boulevard. Offers a variety of pizza options along with salads and pasta dishes.
  44. Au Bon Pain
    240 Mount Vernon Street. Enjoy fresh baked goods and the variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups.
  45. Venezia Waterfront Restaurant
    20 Ericsson Street. The menu offers a large assortment of unique European cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. A new HarborWalk segment and pier allows for views of the waterfront.

    For additional information, please visit Venezia website.

Nightlife

  1. Bank of America Pavilion If you enjoy top-notch concerts combined with remarkable views of Boston's skyline and Harbor, check out the Bank of America Pavilion. Pop, country, jazz, and rhythm & blues are all represented here.

    For more information and concert schedules, please call the Bank of America Pavilion at 617-728-1600. Tickets can also be ordered through Ticketmaster at 617-228-6000 or on the Ticketmaster website.

  2. The Barking Crab Restaurant
    Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, the Barking Crab Restaurant on Fort Point Channel offers live music featuring rhythm & blues, jazz, reggae, and rock 'n roll throughout the year. In the winter months, we enjoy sitting by the wood stove, roasting chestnuts, and playing board games. Boaters are welcome to tie up free of charge while dining.

    For more information and weekly schedules, call 617-426-2722 or visit The Barking Crab web site.

  3. Marriott Long Wharf Hotel
    The Marriott Long Wharf Hotel's lounge, "Waves," features a DJ playing hits from the 1950's to 90's on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Call 617-227-0800 for more information.

  4. The Birch Bar
    The Birch Bar, located in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Seaport District, is a perfect spot for drinks in a sophisticated setting. Patrons can also order entrees from a full dinner menu. The bar is open from 4 pm – 2 am.
  5. Lucky's Lounge
    355 Congress Street. On the corner of Congress Street and A Street, Lucky’s Lounge offers visitors a “Den of Cocktail Cool” where they can experience live music ranging from R&B to classic rock to Sinatra. Enjoy the creative American cuisine of the regular menu or the Sinatra Sunday Brunch.

    For more information, call 617-357-5825 or visit Lucky’s Lounge.com.

  6. Blue Wave Bar & Grill
    343 Congress Street. This sophisticated martini bar boasts multiple plasma televisions making a sports friendly hang out with DJ’s and live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Also popular for inexpensive lunches.

    For more information, visit Blue Wave Bar & Grill.

  7. The Landing at Long Wharf
    Located on Long Wharf, this is Boston's only completely outdoor waterfront bar. Known for its summery frozen drinks and famous fish bowl mixes, The Landing is convenient to Quincy Market and to water transportation.

    For additional information, please visit The Landing.

  8. LTK Bar and Kitchen
    225 Northern Avenue. Besides freshly-prepared seafood, this trendy spot offers live music Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:30-12:30. Performers include local Boston bands and artists like Justin Beech, Second Chance and Joe Carson. There is no cover charge.

    For additional information, please visit LTK Bar and Kitchen.

  9. Murphy's Law
    837 Summer Street. This friendly neighborhood bar offers beer, wine and a full bar accompanied by pub snacks. Enjoy darts, video games and live local bands in the evenings most Thursdays and every Friday. There is no cover charge.

    Visit the website Murphy's Law for schedule.

  10. C.F. Donovans
    This community favorite offers plenty of night-time fun with DJs to dance to Friday and Saturday nights, occasional live entertainment and cash-prize Trivia nights every Tuesday at 8:30 pm.

    For additional information, please visit C.F. Donovans.

  11. Rumba Located off the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel at 510 Atlantic Avenue,is a sophisticated international cocktail bar specializing in Champagne and Rum. This small intimate bar celebrates Boston’s history in the rum trade.

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