Boston's waterfront has always been used more for industry than for recreation. For years those looking for a place to eat down by the waterfront could choose between the No Name and Anthony's Pier4. Newer additions to the dining scene have slowly made their mark, including our favorite the Barking Crab. However, a few places to eat is hardly reason to spend a day down by the waterfront.
Fortunately things have been changing, slowly (this is Boston). In 1999, the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse construction was completed. Along with that was a welcome renovation of the Fan Pier area. A few years ago, the ICA relocated to their beautiful home right at the edge of Fan Pier.
The weather this weekend in Boston was perfect. We were going to go for a drive along the coast, but decided to stay in town and spend the time checking out the waterfront instead. The City has done a really did a nice job with the Fan Pier area.
There are plenty of open spaces, great views of the Boston skyline, and lot of plaques with interesting bits about the history of the waterfront. There are also lots of places to sit and just hang out.
One thing we would hope to see more of is cafes along the water. There are some outdoor eateries along the Long Wharf and Rose Wharf sections of the waterfront. They are very nice, but a bit pricey if you just want to sit and have an espresso.
It would be great to see a more vibrant section with an open market and lots of small vendors. If you are looking for a nice relaxing way to spend your next sunny day, go check out the new waterfront in Boston. You will be pleasently surprised at the updates. [Permalink] - Boston Waterfront