See where it all started with a trip to the historical Boston Harbor. Since its discovery by John Smith in 1614, the harbor has played a pivotal role in Boston and U.S. history. The harbor once served as home to one of the biggest shipping ports in the northeast, and is best known as where the Boston Tea Party took place. However, the harbor has come a long way since its days of “no taxation without representation,” — the area now features some of Boston’s best family-friendly activities and destinations.
Located west of the Massachusetts Bay, the Boston harbor consists of an 180-mile shoreline and 34 harbor islands. Many of the islands are open to the public, including Little Brewster Island, Spectacle Island, and Georges Island. Visitors can find historic homes and lighthouses with Boston’s busy skyline in the background.
For a full view of the islands and waterfront, visitors can check out the Boston Harbor Cruise options. Cruises pick up visitors from Boston’s Waterfront, and take them up-close to the islands and Boston’s historic landmarks.
However, visitors don’t really need to go far for a good view of the Boston Harbor. The Seaport District provides spectacular views of the harbor and city, and is home to a wide array of attractions including shopping, dining, entertainment, and museums.