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For more information on Boston’s parks contact Boston Park and Recreation (617 635 4505)


  1. The Esplanade

    Provided the Charles River Basin has not frozen over, collegiate rowing crews, canoeists, small sailboats, and the occasional coast guard patrol all share the waters off the Esplanade. Find a bench facing the water and take in the scene.

    The Esplanade
  2. Castle Island Reservation

    Connected to the mainland via an earthen causeway and crowned by the c.1851 Fort Independence, Castle Island is New England’s oldest continually fortified site ). Aside from exploring the fort’s bunkers and tunnels, visitors can take in fine panoramic views of Boston Harbor.

    • 38 Taylor St, Dorchester

    • 617 727 5290

  3. Constitution Beach

    Views of Downtown don’t get much better than those from this recently revitalized beach and park area in East Boston. A clean beach, picnic areas, and lifeguards make this a favorite with families.

    • Bennington St, East Boston

  4. Fort Point Channel

    One of Boston’s most intriguing areas, Fort Port has lured local artists to the neighborhood with affordable studio space in old warehouse buildings. Open studios in May and October and seasonal sales offer a peek inside plus bargains on artwork. The artists’ buildings count the $300 million Federal Courthouse among their neighbors.

  5. Fish Pier

    By 1926 – 12 years after its construction – the Greco-Roman style Commonwealth Pier (aka Fish Pier) had become the world’s busiest and largest fish market. The day’s catch is still brought to the early-morning market here. Sample some of it in hearty chowders at the legendary No Name Restaurant.

    No Name Restaurant, Fish Pier
  6. Long Wharf

    The modern Marriott Hotel masks Long Wharf’s near 300 years of indispensability to Boston’s merchant industry. Given its deep frontage and proximity to waterfront warehouses, the biggest ships of their day could dock here. Today, ferry services and cruise vessels depart from the wharf, creating a spirited dock scene.

    Long Wharf
  7. Rowes Wharf

    Framed by the colossal atrium of the Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf is a popular docking spot for the high-end harbor cruise outfits and is a luxurious contrast to the city’s grittier, saltier working docks. The hotel sponsors free concerts and film screenings on summer evenings.

  8. Christopher Columbus Park

    Featuring an Italian marble sculpture of the seafaring Genoan, Christopher Columbus Park is among the North End’s best-kept secrets. Vine-encrusted arches, manicured gardens, and sweeping harbor and skyline views make this a place to linger.

    Christopher Columbus Park
  9. Puopolo Park

    North End’s Puopolo Park boasts supreme frontage on the harbor, looking out toward Charlestown. On warm days, the neighborhood’s old guard enjoy a game of bocce (bowls). Nearby, kids play baseball or splash around in the outdoor pool.

  10. Charles River Locks & Dam

    The Charles River Dam controls water levels in the basin below and maintains separation of the river from the harbor. An ingenious series of locks permit boats to pass from one body of water to the other. Call for tour schedule.

    • 617 626 1250

Top 10 Views

  1. Prudential Skywalk

    Jaw-dropping panoramic views from a 50th-floor observatory. S

  2. Longfellow Bridge

    The entire Charles River Basin becomes your oyster on the “T” between Kendall and Charles/MGH stops.

  3. Bunker Hill Monument

    Climb to the capstone to see all of Charlestown, Cambridge, and Boston laid out before you. 

  4. Spirit of Boston Cruises

    Ply the harbor waters and enjoy unrivaled city views.

    • World Trade Center

    • 617 748 1499

  5. Charlestown Bridge

    Splendid harbor and Downtown vistas.

  6. John J. Moakley Courthouse Park

    This beautiful waterfront park has fine views of the towering Financial District.

  7. Hyatt Regency Cambridge

    Gaze across the Charles River from the hotel’s Zephyr Lounge.

    • 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

    • 617 492 1234

  8. Weeks Foot Bridge

    Prime spectator spot during the Head of the Charles Regatta.

  9. Dorchester Heights Monument

    This colonial-style spire offers dizzying views of the city from its cupola.

  10. Harborside Hyatt Hotel

    The Hyatt’s Harborside Grill and Lounge boasts panoramic Boston views.

    • 101 Harborside Drive, East Boston

    • 617 568 1234

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