The HarborWalk – Stroll Along the Ocean’s Edge

A Wonderful Way to Enjoy the Boston Waterfront!

Visitors to this bustling city enjoy exploring by foot!  The HarborWalk is a pedestrian path that hugs the waterfront connecting several neighborhoods.  You may want to start in the Charlestown Navy Yard, home of the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), the oldest commissioned warship in the world and make your way over to Boston’s North End, then onto Long Wharf and Central Wharf (home of the New England Aquarium) and into the Seaport District.   Your pedometer may read 5 miles or so – but who’s counting steps?

As you marvel at the magnificent skyline, sailboats and yachts docked at Rowes Wharf, look across the harbor and catch glimpses of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport!  You may even see a lobster boat or two and buoys bobbing up and down in the water.  Working up an appetite for seafood already?  There are plenty of places to stop for a lobster roll.  Try the Chart House or Legal Sea Foods since both are along the way!  Ask for your lobster to go, settle in a spot and enjoy your dinner as you watch the sunset.

Why we love it:   It’s free – and so inspirational!    

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  • Links recreational, cultural and historic attractions with access to public transit, including ferries to the Harbor Islands and other scenic lobster villages including Hingham, Hyannis and Provincetown.


Take a Swan Boat Ride in the Public Garden

Like Lobster – A Boston Tradition!

As you explore Boston, plan a visit to the Boston Public Garden – the first public botanical garden in America. As you relax in this tranquil environment – you’ll come to the brightly painted Swan Boats.  Hop on for a 12-15 minute ride around the lagoon.   As the driver pedals along, you’ll notice plenty of mallards and that tiny island that’s featured in the famous children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings”!    The Swan Boats offer a unique way to learn a little about Boston history and visions of  mouthwatering lobster rolls dance in your head.

Insider’s Tip:  Bring an insulated lunch tote, filled with lobster rolls (and napkins) from Yankee Lobster, Legal Sea Foods or the Barking Crab.  Enjoy a lobster roll picnic before or after your Swan Boat ride.  You’ll spot plenty of places for a peaceful picnic.

Why we love it:   Fun for the family!

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  • Seasonal
  • Weather Permitting
  • 4 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tickets:  $3.50 per adult; Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
    Under 2 yrs. Free; Seniors $3.00
  • (617) 522-1966


On a Roll in Boston Common

Historic and a Lovely

Could there be a more green and charming picnic spot in all of downtown Boston?  We think not, as Boston Common offers history, scenery and relaxed fun.  Actually, it’s where Freedom Trail begins and, right in the middle of the common, is Frog Pond – a public ice skating rink in the winter, a reflecting pool in the spring and fall, and a spray pool and children’s carousel in the summer!   Stroll along the Beacon Street side of the Common – look up and notice the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House.   Make your way over to the adjacent Boston Public Garden for a 15 minute ride on the widely photographed Swan Boats.

The Boston Common tops on our list of places to enjoy a Lobster Roll, on a park bench, on a picnic blanket.  Boston Common is nearly 50 acres of lovely green expanse and it’s surrounded by tons of restaurants when hunger strikes.  As the oldest park in America, it’s the best of both worlds in Boston!

Why we love it:   The giant shade trees and open spaces for a lobster roll picnic lunch!

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  • Free Admission
  • Urban Park
aisling B&B boston

History and Style at South End’s Aisling B&B

A Snug Retreat after a Day’s Worth of Lobster!

Aisling Bed and Breakfast is located in Boston’s South End – a neighborhood filled with some of Boston’s most diverse and exciting restaurant choices. Boston’s South End is called “Restaurant Row” – there are dozens of restaurants right in the area.  Your hosts, Dympna and James, are happy to help make lobster dining selections or lobster roll recommendations throughout the city!

Aisling B&B is a lovely 19th century Victorian row-house with its original marble fittings, fireplaces and mouldings.  Each room has its own private bathroom and TV (with cable and pay per view) as well as wireless internet access.  Of course, the house has central air-conditioning for those hot summer nights.  .

Boston is a lobster town and home to many commercial fisherman who fish many a lobster dinner.  After visiting Beacon Hill and Newbury Street, which are within walking distance – consider an Uber cab down to the harbor and enjoy the salt air and sounds of seagulls!

Why we love it:   It’s a hidden gem!

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Encore B&B Boston

Encore B&B in South End is Charming

A Home Away From Home!

Boston’s South End and this charmer of a B&B is within easy walking distance of: Copley Square, Prudential Center, Symphony Hall, the MFA, the Theater District, and Back Bay.  It also offers close proximity to some of our favorite restaurants for lobster, like Legal Sea Foods.  The owner can also help with how to book a lobster boat tour down by the harbor or best place to enjoy a Boston lobster roll.

Located in the historic and trendy South End neighborhood, Encore is the ideal alternative to typical hotel lodging, offering 21st-century comfort in a 19th-century town house. Conveniently situated and beautifully appointed, Encore Bed and Breakfast features spacious guest rooms furnished in classic contemporary style with scenic views of Boston’s skyline. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, queen-size beds, flat screen TV with cable, Bang Olufson sound system, telephones, free high speed internet, and other amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay.

Why we love it: It’s a cozy retreat after a after a fun day stuffed with lobster! 

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New England Aquarium Lobster

See a Blue Lobster at the New England Aquarium

See Lobsters Up Close and Personal

In a dazzling display of very exciting exhibits at the New England Aquarium, the Gulf of Maine display hosts a rare blue lobster and a white lobster amongst others.  It’s always a thrill to see lobsters up close and personal.  This is a great chance to see them along with some other fabulous sea creatures!

New England Aquarium is a visit for all ages.  It’s great for kids and adults and very centrally located along the Harborwalk. The Aquarium is at Central Wharf, next to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and near Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market.   You can certainly spend the whole day or visit after a lobster roll at nearby Legal Sea Foods or Barking Crab.  Insiders Tip?  Go in the afternoon and them walk over to the North End for dinner.  Neptune Oyster is perfect for seafood and lobster and makes it a gold star day for fish!

Why we love it:   You can learn about lobster, their habits and habitats!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Add Behind the Scenes Tour to Admission
  • Home of the IMAX Theater
  • 1 Central Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts
  • (617) 973-5200





Boston – A Revolutionary Lobster Experience

A City With At Least 1,000 Lobster Rolls! 

Pack for a month!  The capital of Massachusetts, Boston boasts that many lobster inspired recreational choices.  Start at Long Wharf by the New England Aquarium and stroll along the HarborWalk – an urban walkway along the water’s edge.  Witness much of what busy Beantown is all about.  Boats, buoys and amazingly tall buildings along way!  Make your way toward the Seaport District and stop for an incredible lobster roll at James Hook & Co on Northern Avenue – a local landmark around since forever ago!

Steeped in history and a year round destination, Boston is a city that you can easily take by foot. Follow the Freedom Trail to the cobble-stoned streets of Faneuil Hall and then make your way over to the Union Oyster House  – America’s oldest restaurant – for steamed lobster and a bib!   For live lobsters up close (and we mean really up close) loop around to the waterfront and climb aboard a lobster boat tour where you can watch the captain hoist his traps. Reservations required, of course.   With so much to do and lots of lobster shells to crack into  – we suggest you check-in at one of the many lobster inspired hotels and stay a while!

Why we love it:  Steamed lobster, boiled lobster, lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster boat tours, lobster bakes, lobster inspired lodging, lobstermen – shall we list more?

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  • First American lighthouse stands in Boston Harbor.
  • New England Aquarium features an American Lobster exhibit with rare blue and white lobsters.
  • Home of approximatly 42 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps


Row 34 – Urban Chic Lobster Dining

Let the Good Times Roll in Boston’s Fort Point Neighborhood

The sister restaurant of the popular Island Creek Oysters, Row 34 is a workingman’s oyster bar located in one of Boston’s coolest neighborhoods. A former steel factory, Row 34 offers a sleek decor yet friendly and inviting atmosphere.   Owned by Jeremy Sewall and Garrett Harker – both men know quality seafood.  Jeremy grew up in a multi-generational Maine-based fishing family and his cousin Mark – a lobsterman from New York – supplies the lobsters.

Open for lunch and dinner, Row 34 offers  lobster rolls  overflowing with claw, knuckle and tail meat on a deliciously buttered roll!

Why we love it:  They have an extensive draft beer list.  Great place to bring a date!

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Take a trip to Bean Town!

Regardless of the season this is a lobster town!  Filled with scenic harbor views (yep, they do fish here), countless restaurants and so many selfie stops.

Filled with history and cobblestone streets, you can’t walk a few blocks without finding another fantastic spot to eat lobster and people watch.

❥Trail Trip Idea:

● Start with the HarborWalk at the Seaport end.  Beautiful way to see the water.

● Stop at the Barking Crab for a fabulous and fun lobster lunch!

● Continue your stroll and consider stopping in at New England Aquarium.

● Maybe consider taking a lobster boat tour or staying for dinner in the North End (pasta w/ lobster.)

If you go: Bring comfy shoes and a selfie stick if you own one!

Yankee Lobster Company – In Boston Since 1950

Small Restaurant, Big Flavors

For ridiculously fresh lobster, stop at Yankee Lobster Fish Market on Northern Avenue in Boston.   Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Yankee Lobster offers lobster rolls that make your mouth water.  Try the lobster bisque, the steamed lobsters or even the Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese.   You’ll go back for more!

Why we love it.  It’s so “un-fancy”!   Come as you are and bring an appetite for delicious seafood and craft brews.

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Two Buoys Lobster Tours – In Boston Harbor

A Classroom at Sea

Climb aboard the “Sixpence”,  a genuine 44′ Maine built fiberglass lobster boat capable of accommodating up to 6 passengers, and see what it’s like to be a lobster fisherman!  On this tour not only will you experience lobsters up close but you’ll witness the majestic Boston skyline.

Why we love it:  You get to take home a lobster and you’ll be able purchase others at boat prices!

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Legal Sea Foods – Wine & Dine in Boston

Upscale, Casual Seafood Dining

This Legal Sea Foods’ location in Boston’s Theater District, surrounded by hotels and nearby Newbury Street, Copley Square and Boston Common, offers an expanded wine menu – 40 pages in all.  WOW.

Just inside you’ll see a two-story cascading fountain, the center-piece of the restaurant.   A beautiful dining room and comfy lounge, this is a great place to enjoy fabulous seafood with extensive wine pairings.   Their award-winning Wine Cellar, which holds over 10,000 bottles and 800 different labels, is also downstairs.

Those who like to ‘wine and dine’ are in luck because our working Cellar doubles as private dining space for social and corporate functions.

We we love it:  Fancy lobster is always great with wine.  If you call ahead and ask, the wine steward can give a tour.  Fun!  

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Legal Sea Foods – On Long Wharf

Legal Lobster Rolls on the Menu All Day Long

See fish.  Eat fish.  Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium.  This restaurant is convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels such as the Boston Harbor Hotel, Marriott and Intercontinental.

We think a visit to Boston could always use a meal at Legal Sea Foods.  If you’re looking for some fun, eat at the food bar where you can see what’s cooking in the open kitchen.  Or, during the warmer months, dine on the patio if you opt for the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

Why we love it: Incredible seafood, location and the in-restaurant aquarium and lobster tank keeps kids (and adults) entertained.

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Legal Sea Foods Copley Place – Lobster While You Shop!

Fresh Seafood Specials Daily

Perfect spot for a sit down lunch/dinner or grab-and-go.  Either way, they serve up a mean lobster roll as well as an extensive seafood menu. Dining with children? Try the one pound lobster which is Just for Kids!

This restaurant is located on the upper level of Copley Place, with direct indoor access to both the Westin and Marriott hotels as well as to the Prudential Center.   With panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Boston’s historic South End, the city views and the seafood are second to none.

Why we love it: Perfect respite from a day of shopping.  Delicious lobster and a great view!   

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Boston Seafood Festival – 5th Annual on August 7!

Family Fun!

Presented by the Boston Seafood Foundation, the 5th Annual Seafood Festival will take place on August 7th 2016!!

Enjoy the freshest, most delicious local seafood from New England’s favorite dining destinations; all-day lobster bake; live music; Harpoon beer garden; Battle of the Shuckers oyster shucking contest and fish-cutting contest; famous local chef demonstrations, fisheries, health, and environmental education, notable speakers; arts and crafts vendors; blessing of the fleet; face painting, balloons, and so much more for children and adults!

The 5th Annual Boston Seafood Festival is presented by the Boston Fisheries Foundation with generous support from Massport and the Harpoon Brewery. All proceeds benefit the non-profit foundation and aid in its mission of supporting and expanding sustainable fisheries and promoting the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of preserving our wild ocean stocks through responsible harvesting and management.

 General Admission: $15 |  Kids, ages 6-12: $5 | Kids, ages 5 and under: free | Lobster Bake Ticket: $35 – includes one lobster, mussels, corn, coleslaw and a roll; does not include general admission

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The Eliot Hotel – Luxury in Boston’s Historic Back Bay

Lovely Boutique Hotel in Boston

Recognized by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler for offering world-class accommodations, The Eliot Hotel is one of the city’s hidden gems located right around the corner from fashionable Newbury Street.  As guests enter, they’re greeted by a contemporary European atmosphere created by Peter Niemitz, nationally renowned designer of hotels and restaurants. In addition to quietly elegant accommodations, The Eliot Hotel offers two fabulous top ranked restaurants Clio and Uni Sashimi Bar from James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer.

Why we love it:  It’s tres chic!  The French Restaurant Clio offers a Butter Basted Lobster – worth the visit.  Call ahead to confirm that it’s on the menu.

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Barking Crab – A Seafood Shack in the City

Lively Spot for Locals and Tourists 

Located on the edge of Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel, The Barking Crab has become one of the city’s best-loved meeting and eating spots.  With a wood-burning stove, this eatery has evolved into a year-round operation.

Not the “typical” Boston seafood restaurant, The Barking Crab offers the casual atmosphere of a coastal clam shack in a funky urban setting, with a marina alongside for easy access by water, and all the exciting resources of Boston only a short walk away.

The menu concentrates on fresh seafood and offers our local take on the urban New England Clam Shack.   Lobster items include boiled, grilled and stuffed and amazing lobster roll including a naked version!    Great place for dining alone or with two dozen of your closest friends!

Why we love it:   A great place for a lobster roll, beer and conversation with visitors from all over the planet!

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Rowes Wharf Sea Grille – On the Harbor!

Atlantic Fish Co. – A Boston Best!

Locally Sourced Seafood

Serving the highest quality seafood sourced straight from local waters,  Atlantic Fish Co. is a landmark for Boston’s best seafood.  With menus printed daily to reflect the quality of the offerings, Atlantic Fish Co. is the place to go to for a memorable fine dining experience with family, friends or business associates.

Executive Chef Danny Levesque knows good seafood and has a passion for creating menu items that bring out the flavors of  New England’s finest ingredients.  Serving only true hard shell lobsters from Maine, the lobster rolls are delicately prepared. lightly dressed and served with hand-cut fries.   It’s no wonder why guests give this Back Bay wine and dine restaurant high marks over and over again!

Why we love it:  The outdoor seating!  Great spot for people watching. 

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Union Oyster House – America’s Oldest Restaurant

A Must Do, Casual Seafood Restaurant

Famous for oysters and location, The Union Oyster House is a favorite for locals and visitors to Boston.  Located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, the Union Oyster House enjoys the unique distinction of being America’s oldest restaurant. This Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to Pre-Revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a regular customer, in their original positions.

With a full menu for sea and land lovers, enjoy a lobster roll, traditional boiled lobster or a long list of other delicious lunch and dinner options. The Union Oyster House is walk-able from most spots in the city, so make it the start or end to a great day in this world famous harbor town.

Why we love it:  It’s historic –  so nice backdrop for a selfie!

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Seaport Boston Hotel – An Eco Friendly Stay

For Business or Pleasure, A Perfect Place to Stay  

Located on the waterfront in the bustling Seaport District of Boston across from World Trade Center, the Seaport Boston offers luxurious accommodations with dazzling views.  Take a water taxi  from Logan Airport.   Enjoy amenities like the indoor heated pool and complimentary Wifi.

An eco-friendly and green hotel, the Seaport Boston promotes sustainability through onsite green spaces and places, green cleaning practices, environmentally friendly guest rooms and more! Dining is always a a pleasure at the Seaport Boston with farm to table options and locally sourced seafood.

Why we love it:  Its environmental initiative to help save the planet.

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Residence Inn by Marriott – On Tudor Wharf

Nice Views of the Ocean

With outstanding views of the waterfront, this AAA 3-diamond, pet-friendly hotel has 168 spacious suites and is conveniently located just one-half mile from Boston’s North End and the TD Banknorth Garden.

With amenities including complimentary breakfast,  indoor pool, spa and exercise room overlooking the Boston Harbor, the Residence Inn by Marriott is the perfect spot for an extended stay in the city. Kitchen amenities include stove, pots, pans and silverware – perfect for your very own lobster boil. Right on Tudor Wharf in Charlestown – minutes from Boston’s North End.  Also, the pier is available for rental – perfect for summer lobster bakes!

Why we love it:  Nice waterfront location, conveniently located off major highway.

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Legal Harborside – Incredible Seafood Dining Experience!

Enjoy this 20,000 Square Foot Flagship Location 

With numerous, upscale restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, Legal Sea Foods has been providing fresh seafood for more than 60 years.  A family owned business headed by Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods goes to great lengths to provide perfectly prepared selections.

Overlooking the ocean in Boston’s Seaport District, Legal Harborside offers three floors of action!  The first floor, or the hull,  is dedicated to casual dining with a twist, the second floor is for celebratory dining and private events and the third floor or promenade deck rocks with an all-season lounge and retractable roof in the warmer months!

Look for other Legal Sea Foods locations throughout Boston including a restaurant at 225 State Street at  Long Wharf and others at Logan International Airport.

Why we love it:   It has a retractable roof!

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Summer Shack – It’s About The Seafood!

Owned By Celebrity Chef Jasper White

You’ll fall in love with this seafood restaurant over and over again! It’s where a fancy lobster shack in the city meets table-service dining.  With a location in Cambridge, Dedham and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Jasper White’s Summer Shack offers a fun, family-friendly, energetic seafood restaurant serving the freshest, sustainable fish and shellfish available.

With an extensive lobster menu including pan baked lobster and. of course, the lobster roll – this restaurant offers lots of palate pleasing variations to traditional dishes.  Lobsters, oysters and clams dominate the menu for sure.   Not an inexpensive eat but worth it!

Why we love it:  Fine food in a casual setting!

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James Hook & Co. – A Local Landmark

Serving Fresh Lobster Since 1925

A third generation family owed business, James Hook & Co. began when James Hook decided to truck the daily lobster catches from Maine and Canada to Boston’s fish piers and finest restaurants would travel to Boston’s waterfront to buy the fresh lobsters around.

As the demand grew, James Hook opened a location at the corner Northern Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and began direct distribution to restaurants and other wholesaler distributors around the country.   Along the way, James Hook & Co. started a retail market with indoor cafe style seating and picnic tables available in the warmer months. A low-brow experience, some say that James Hook & Co offers the best tasting lobster rolls and has earned that distinction year after year.

Why we love it: Giant lobster roll with just the right amount of mayo.  Toasted buns are now available!

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Boston Lobster Tours – In the Harbor

Live the Life of A Lobsterman at Sea!

The “Fourcast” is an authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat. Join Captain Carli on a 60 minute Boston Harbor cruise. Watch Captain Carli as he hauls his traps, and gives you a narrated tour of Historic Boston Harbor. Get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.

Bring your camera to take panoramic pictures the Beautiful Boston Skyline, the U.S.S. Constitution, the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Old North Church. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a busy working harbor and experience the daily life of a local lobsterman. Captain Carli is a Coast Guard Licensed Captain. 6 Passengers maximum on each trip.

Why we love it: Lobsters up close and personal. Enjoy narrated tour of Historic Boston. 

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It’s True – Fishing Lobster in Boston Harbor

Meet Captain Steve

As President of Boston Harbor’s Lobstermen’s Association and a weekend warrior selling lobster direct from the wharf, this lobster fisherman is quoted as saying, “If I fail in life it will be my own doing.” Watching him sell lobster to long lines of consumers on a Saturday afternoon (from the back of his boat), there is no doubt he is committed to making lobster a true living and passion. The day we visited him at the dock, he was assisted by his wife and two daughters. A true family effort.

One of the unique aspects of Steve’s lobster fishing in Boston Harbor is the fact that he can’t use buoys to mark his traps. Instead he locates his lobster traps through GPS tracking and then hoists them up by a long heavy grapple hook. Watching this process can make your arms “ache”.