If you are visiting the city of Boston, it is likely that you will come across some portion of the Boston Harborwalk that stretches 43 miles from East Boston to the Neponset River. This public walkway is a wonderful way to tour the city from the outside looking in; from beaches, eateries and shops, to wharves, parks and people, there is a great deal to explore and see. The Harborwalk alone has 40 parks, a dozen museums, and seven beaches.
There is an appreciable mix of old and new architecture as you travel from the North End towards the Seaport District. As you pass the marinas, you can "ooh" and "ah" over the swanky ships and boats. Continuing further down, you have a spectacular view of planes taking off and landing at Logan Airport. There is something wonderful about this activity; perhaps it is wanderlust or the feeling of endless possibility. Being on the water offers breezes and a beautiful view of the sunset.
You can meander along at your own pace or if you prefer, you can download a $3 self-guided GPS audio tour guide on any smartphone device. If you are more of the sitting-type, there are tons of spots to grab a chair and table while taking in the view. If you've worked up an appetite, stop in at the many restaurants along the waterfront including Seaport's own bistro and bar, TAMO.
If you are looking for a little more excitement, there are many activities you can find along the Harborwalk. The New England Aquarium is great for all ages and has a free harbor seal exhibit on the Front Plaza. You can take a water taxi from our own Seaport World Trade Center docks to Long Wharf for a Harbor Island cruise. A water taxi can bring you over to the new, five-star Encore casino resort as well. We've been told that once you step through the doors of the Encore it's like teleporting to Las Vegas for the night! You might also enjoy visiting one of the 34 harbor islands for a day trip. Other opportunities to take to the water include whale watching cruises, historic sightseeing cruises, and the Codzilla high speed thrill boat ride. Spend as much or as little time as you want on the Harborwalk - you won't regret missing this beautiful attraction.