We are so lucky in Boston to be by the water. There is no place I would rather be on a warm day than by the ocean with a salt breeze off the water. In fact, the water’s edge is one of my favorite places to be, no matter the season!
When you are craving some time by the shore and can’t get out of town, don’t forget about the HarborWalk! Extending 46.9 miles along Boston’s waterfront, this public walkway provides open access to the harbor, extending through several neighborhoods.
On a nice day, I love to take my time walking along the Waterfront. History buffs might want to start at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the home of the USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum. Often referred to as ‘Old Ironsides,’ the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world!
Once you’ve heard a bit of history, walk across the bridge into the North End and continue along the HarborWalk until you reach the Fairmont Battery Wharf. The hotel is home to a branch of Exhale Spa, which has fun core fusion and yoga classes (in the summer some classes are outside!) as well as the Aragosta Bar and Bistro. They have such good lobster toast, and the hotel also serves delicious afternoon tea. In the nice weather, you would be lucky to snag a seat outside on the water, but even from the interior the view of the water is lovely.
Continuing along the HarborWalk takes you along the edge of the North End, zig-zagging along the wharves to Christopher Columbus Park. For those with kids (or for kids at heart!) I recommend a visit to the beautifully restored carousel on the Greenway across from the park. A bit further you’ll find the Aquarium, and a slew of boats on their way to the Harbor Islands or to admire the whales.
Walking further along the HarborWalk to Rowes Wharf will take you to the Boston Harbor Hotel, one of my favorite spots in the city for a drink. In the nice weather, the outside tables facing the water are a perfect place to take it all in. They have lots of summer programming as well, including movies and live music – take a look at their calendar for more information. If you are hungry, Trade is not too far away!
Follow the path as it meanders down towards Fort Point Channel. After crossing the water, turn left, towards the courthouse. At the curve where the Fort Point Channel and the Harbor meet is one of the most beautiful views of the Boston skyline! Just a 10-minute walk on the HarborWalk into South Boston brings you to the Institute for Contemporary Art. With its unique architecture and views of the water, the ICA would be an interesting place to visit even without the collections! In addition to the small permanent collection, the ICA hosts fascinating exhibits, as well as concerts, dance, and other events.