Home to landmark Boston attractions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Children’s Museum (among many others), and host to world-class retail, commercial, and residential real estate, Fan Pier is leading the revitalization of the spectacular and historic Boston Harbor. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or your next place to call home, you’ll soon see why Fan Pier is one of the most-coveted waterfront developments on the entire East Coast.
Named after Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, this 17-acre linear park is located across several downtown Boston neighborhoods, stretching for over one mile through Chinatown, the Financial District, the Waterfront, and the North End. Walk it from end-to-end, and you’ll find plazas, promenades, beer and wine gardens, fountains, art, and more food trucks than a single visit can possibly accommodate. There’s even a carousel and (wait for it!) beehives!
Opened in 1743, Faneuil Hall was a marketplace and the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams and others promoting independence from Great Britain. The hall remains connected to its political roots as a site for political debates and occasional bill signings, while the marketplace has grown to encompass neighboring community markets. Whether you’re here for the history, or the shopping (or the dining!), you’ll find more than enough to fill a long afternoon - or even a weekend - to the brim.
Though it has no official geographical definition, Boston’s Financial District is nonetheless a critical part of the city’s economic and cultural landscape. Here, you’ll find modern high rises housing many of the world’s major financial players, and a few minor ones, too. You’ll also find some of the city’s finest dining establishments and more bars than you can shake a martini tumbler at.
At 43-miles, this near-continuous walking path along Boston’s shoreline is maybe just a bit more than you’ll want to tackle in a single afternoon, but that shouldn’t stop you from embarking on a more modest stroll. And because it connects over a dozen parks, a dozen museums, seven beaches, and literally hundreds of shops and restaurants, there’s plenty of opportunities to stop and take a breather.
Famed for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes, the Back Bay neighborhood is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the entire United States. It’s also home to the Boston Public Library, the third-largest public library in the country, with nearly 24 million items in its collection. Not much of a reader? No worries: Back Bay is also host to the fashionable shopping districts of Newbury and Boylston Streets, as well as innumerable other attractions.
Bustling with energy, Boston’s Chinatown is the cultural heart of the city’s Chinese community. Renowned for late-night revelry, Chinatown is home to Asian eateries aplenty, along with myriad food markets, gift shops, and, of course, plenty of places to soak up some of that after-hours vibe, along with a few drinks. During daylight hours, stroll the noisy streets, or visit the contemporary, stylized Chinatown Park (part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway), with its oversized checkerboard, chess tables, and ornate Chinese-style gateway monument.