The city of Boston has long had close ties to the water, and one of the modern developments along the waterfront is Rowes Wharf, built on a historic battery. 

Rowes Wharf was built in 1987, and the most visible parts of the development are the massive Boston Harbor Hotel and the arch-covered passageway through the hotel that feeds onto Boston Harbor. There are restaurants, bars and shops, and during the summer a floating stage just off the shore is set up for concerts and movies. The wharf is also a hub for water transport, including water taxis to and from Logan Airport.

The first construction in this area was in the 1660s when South Battery was built to protect the city. John Rowe bought the property a little more than 100 years later, building the first Rowes Wharf. By the 20th century, the wharf had become run down enough that it required a major overhaul. 

Practical Info

Water taxis serve many points in the Boston area from Rowes Wharf. The wharf also has service from private yachts, small cruise boats and commuter boats. On the ninth floor of the Boston Harbor Hotel you'll find an observatory called Foster's Rotunda, which offers excellent city and water views. It's open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and access is free of charge. 

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Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour plus Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley

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Duration: Coach tour: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Boston Segway Tour

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Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

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Boston Dinner Cruise

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For the ultimate in elegance, you can't go past this three-hour dinner cruise on Boston's famous harbor. Enjoy fine dining, delicious wines, and entertainment ...  Read more

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Duration: 3-hours
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Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

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From USD $35.00

Boston Tall Ship Day Cruise

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours

From USD $39.90

Boston Brunch Cruise

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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