Warehouses, shipping piers and railroad tracks create an environment of industrial authenticity for the luxury lofts taking shape in the Seaport District. Also known as the South Boston Waterfront, this area is in the throes of an exciting renaissance. Home to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Children’s Museum, HarborWalk and South Station Transportation Center, the Seaport District is just east of the Fort Point Channel and is the epicenter of Boston’s convention and exhibition activity.
SEAPORT DISTRICT SITES OF INTEREST
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and operates the spectacular new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center—the largest convention center in New England—which celebrated its grand opening in June 2004. The stunningly designed contemporary facility features 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 160,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 40,020 square-foot, column-free Grand Ballroom and more than 300,000 square feet of registration and function space.
Inspired by ocean breezes, Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel Boston create meetings that are consistently fresh and creative. The center’s location on historic Boston Harbor in the bustling Seaport District offers maximum convenience to the Financial District, Logan International Airport, the North End, Back Bay and other major Boston attractions. Guests relax in charming residentially styled accommodations, enjoy delightful dining and recreation—plus unmatched conference and business services.
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. Founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, the museum continues to champion innovative approaches to art.
Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children's Museum began a "hands-on" tradition long before that phrase became commonplace. As early as 1913, it engaged youth in identifying and marking nature walks, preparing specimens, making clay and wax models for exhibits, and even attempting a working model of the metropolitan water system.
The Boston Harbor Association hosts free Harborwalk tours that are open to the public with advance reservations. Please check Boston Harborwalk for the upcoming schedule of tours.
In the 1880s, the first Chinese immigrants arrived in Boston, pitching their tents in what is now known as "Ping On Alley." Today, nestled between Downtown Crossing and the South End, Chinatown provides visitors with a variety of Asian history and cuisine.
SEAPORT DISTRICT RESTAURANTS
Three of the Seaport District’s most delightful options for wining and dining—Aura Restaurant, Tamo Bar and Terrace, and Seaport Café—are right here in the Seaport Hotel Boston. Get the delicious details. Here are some other spots in the district to enjoy if you feel like stepping out.
Anthony’s Pier 4
Well known Boston landmark serving signature popovers on the edge of Boston Harbor.
140 Northern Ave
Atlantic Beer Garden
Casual sports bar with lots of TVs, beer on tap and pub food. A roof top deck on the water’s edge.
146 Seaport Boulevard
Contemporary whimsical cuisine with an Asian influence. Excellent organic steaks and seafood. A quiet dinner experience.
One Seaport Lane
Seafood in the rough; picnic tables; often live music in evenings.
Fort Point Landing
88 Sleeper Street
Neighborhood restaurant bar with extensive draft beer selections.
241 A Street
Pinnacle of steakhouse dining at the water’s edge. Outdoor deck. Wine list with 1500 labels.
250 Northern Avenue, Suite 200
Wraps, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches
2 Seaport Lane
Newly opened sports bar (March 2011) with outdoor seating on water’s edge. Large bar, large number of TV’s including one full wall set of screens.
250 Northern Avenue
J. Pace & Son
One Park Lane
Legal Seafoods Harborside
Liberty Wharf-3 floors
1st Floor: casual seafood with raw bar, high energy at the water’s edge.
2nd Floor: Exquisite fine dining specializing in seafood
3rd Floor: Rooftop nightclub with large outdoor fireplace and retractable roof.
270 Northern Avenue
LTK Bar and Kitchen
A casual concept from Legal Seafood with lots of popular selections.
225 Northern Avenue
Frank Sinatra impersonator on Sunday nights.
355 Congress Street
High-end French/Italian; Chef’s tasting menu
304 Congress Street
MJ O’Connor’s (Westin Hotel)
Irish pub with traditional Irish pub fare.
425 Summer Street
Waterfront location of nationally known steakhouse with high quality steaks, generous portions and just across the street from the hotel entrance.
2 Seaport Lane
No Name Restaurant
A long time Boston tradition located in the Fish Pier with savory fish chowder as a specialty. Fried and grilled seafood.
15 Fish Pier
Casual Mexican cuisine in a fun and upbeat environment.
283 Summer Street
Casual southern Italian cuisine in a modern trattoria.
225 Northern Ave
Sam's is located on the second floor of the new Louis Boston. Just minutes from downtown Boston on Fan Pier overlooking the Boston Harbor.
60 Northern Ave, at Courthouse
Sauciety (Westin Hotel)
425 Summer Street
Made-to-order salads and sandwiches
157 Seaport Boulevard
Smith and Wollensky
Classic American steakhouse known for their dry-aged steak.
294 Congress Street
at Atlantic Wharf
One of celebrity chef Barbara Lynch’s creations. Almost entirely counter seating providing trattoria cuisine.
348 Congress Street
Italian restaurant influenced by Tony Soprano. Good food, fun place.
One Marina Park Drive
Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Yucatan cuisine-high end southwestern inspired cuisine on the water’s edge.
250 Northern Avenue
Chef Jody Adams new waterfront ode to her world travels. Mediterrean American Cuisine
540 Atlantic Avenue
Water Café (at the ICA)
100 Northern Ave
Irish pub located on Boston’s waterfront with long bar and rooftop deck serving pub fare.
150 Northern Ave
606 Congress (Renaissance Hotel)
Menu by local celebrity chef Michael Schlow.
606 Congress Street