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Spend a Weekend in the Seaport

Bring your walking shoes and come enjoy art exhibits, high design, new bars and eateries and a few historical establishments, all in this one burgeoning quarter on Boston Harbor.

As you walk along the Harborwalk, you can pick out a bench and and sit and watch boats and ferries sliding through the harbor. If you want to get in on the action, boat tours take groups out to the Boston Harbor Islands for the day, where you can stroll around, explore old forts and have a picnic. Two Water Taxi Services (bostonharborcruises.com and roweswharfwatertransport.com) operate year-round, whisking visitors to the district from Logan Airport, as well as making other stops in the area.

The Envoy Hotel (70 Sleeper Street; theenvoyhotel.com) built in 2015 has quickly become a popular venue for Lookout, their rooftop bar that overlooks Boston Harbor, the Fort Point Channel and buildings of the Financial District. Of course, there is an abundance of seafood restaurants in this harborside neighborhood, including the oldest family-run eatery in Boston—the NoName Restaurant (15 1/2 Fish Pier Street East; nonamerestaurant.com). Further down the waterfront, the Yankee Lobster (300 Northern Avenue; yankeelobstercompany.com) family boasts five generations of men who made their living in the fishing industry. Today the operation includes Commercial Lobster, the wholesale business, as well as Yankee Lobster, a sit-down restaurant and also a retail business that ships lobsters, steamers and clam chowder anywhere in the continental United States in less than 24 hours (a great gift for the homesick).

Legal Sea Foods has their headquarters in the Seaport as well as Legal Test Kitchen (225 Pier Four Boulevard; legalseafoods.com), which has a menu that differs from Legal’s standard offerings. In the summertime the deck at Legals is the place to be and it will be hard to leave, especially if you can get a harborside booth. Also on the water, the Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a number of events throughout the summer, including Harborwalk Sounds where live local music takes the stage on the waterfront.

At the edge of the Seaport is Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Avenue; harpoonbrewery.com), which has daily hour-long tours. But you can also grab a seat at one of the long wooden tables inside the Beer Hall. Opt for a single pint or try a few drafts with a flight of six-ounce tastings. The Lawn on D is another fun venue with swings, art, and picnic areas; it’s become a popular place to hang outside, which many Bostonians love to do while they can. You should too.

Photograph courtesy of ICA