Long thought to be a unique part of South Boston, the Seaport District is one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods. High-rises jut out of the sky and new ones join the roster every few months, as more locals move in for business and apartment to enjoy the picturesque harbor views. Many tourists also find themselves exploring this part of Boston for its popular waterfront seafood restaurants and bars. This is also a prime location for conventions and conferences for the many hotels and venue spaces available.
The Seaport District shares history with neighboring Fort Point as military compound in its early days, although much of the land mass was covered in mud and water until the 1800s. Centuries ago this was a bustling hub for protection over the sea, which then later turned into commercial fishing and nautical endeavors during the early 20th century. Today there are still various marinas for private citizens and ferries, as the commercial pursuits have been shut down for conservation. There is also a major cruise terminal at the Seaport which has ships setting sail throughout New England, Canada, the Caribbean and beyond.
To begin, travelers and locals alike can arrange for a complimentary Boston Harbor Walk through the area’s official association. They hope to tell stories of the changing history in the Seaport and offer insight to its future.
Foodies rejoice at the wide range of restaurants along the Seaport, especially seafood hotspots. This is where the Legal Seafoods is located with the prettiest views. There’s also plenty of prime steakhouses, Italian restaurants and sports pubs along the fish pier. For after dinner drinks, there’s a rowdy Whiskey Priest and Boston Beer Garden, or a more subdued Empire lounge with good sushi to boot. There are more water views from bars and restaurants in the Seaport District than anywhere else in Boston.
People who enjoy creativity and culture can visit the innovative Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA, which opened in 2006. The not only welcome hundreds of thousands of guest per year to its galleries, but they also host art events, DJ nights and outdoor concerts. Those visiting for conferences are most likely at the World Trade Center or the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. There are several high-end hotel with water views adjoining these venues, including the Seaport Boston Hotel and the Westin, to name a few.
With the residential areas of the Seaport still being under construction, there are less annual events there that cater to the local community. However, certain organizations will host gatherings throughout the year. The ICA has a grand annual fundraising gala where all elite Boston socialites can be seen every May. The convention centers hosts most of the annual events, from holiday trade shows to food and wine festivals. Some of the main attractions are Build Boston for architects in November and the Boston Wine Expo in February. There is also a large concert venue, called the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, which has annual concerts every summer with big name bands and artists.