Waterfront

Community Information

The Waterfront neighborhood is the area which occupies the coastline of Boston from the North End south Waterfrontroughly to the Ted Williams Tunnel. The Waterfront area was and remains a vital part of Boston’s economy and history.

HISTORY

Boston Harbor and its waterfront have long been important not just in the history of the city but in the history of the nation as a whole. During the colonial era, all goods and people bound for New England came through Boston and therefore to the Waterfront area. It was here that the Boston Tea Party occurred, fanning the flames of colonial unrest, and here that the British left the city altogether in 1776. Construction of facilities to improve access to the port served to strengthen the area economically through the following years. Though the quality of the water in the Harbor left much to be desired for quite some time, recent efforts and initiatives have reversed that trend, making Boston Harbor actually one of the cleanest ports in the nation.

WATERFRONT ARCHITECTURE

Much of the architecture in the Boston area consists of relatively low-rise buildings meant to support the maritime economy. Many of the buildings and most of the property along the wharfs, constructed in the mid-19th century, still stand to this day, though their architecture is more inclined toward the practical rather than the aesthetic.

BOSTON PUBLIC TRANSIT

MBTA Lines

  • Red Line
  • Green Line
  • Orange Line
  • Blue Line
  • Silver Line
  • Buses

Boston Taxi Services

BOSTON SCHOOLS

Boston Public Schools

Boston Private Schools

  • Citizen Schools

PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS

  • The New England Aquarium
  • Boston Childrens’ Museum,
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Christopher Columbus Park
  • Institute of Contemporary Art

SHOPPING

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Howl at the Moon Piano Bar
  • Bank of America Pavilion