Fan Pier
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
How to get there
  • Courthouse • 4 min walk
  • World Trade Center • 9 min walk
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Sandgrown
Newcastle upon tyne25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Loved this park for a walk on a warm sunday evening. Nice to see locals and tourists alike enjoying the view and the park. Fire pits are available, I guess on colder days. We could see the harbour and skyline and planes taking off right over the harbour from Logan airport. We only stopped for drinks at one of the bars as the restuarants looked very formal and dressy. We didn't feel we were appropriately dressed for those having spent the day roaming the city. I guess the prices would be expensive to eat. Nearby appartments in high rises were selling for over $1 million, so a very nice area indeed.
Written 26 September 2023
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EcoBean
Kennington, UK257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Fan Pier has so much going for it, with access to the Ferries, historically freedom trail, and some of the best waterfront cafe's and restaurants. Well worth taking a stroll round, and visit the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Written 23 May 2022
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grttealshark
Kapolei, HI49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We walked to this location for city pictures and got just what we wanted beautiful views of the skyline day and night right on the water with restaurants near with a few shops and bars it did not disappoint
Written 25 October 2021
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Maps640093
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Seaport area keeps growing and adding to its charm. started our afternoon at Fan pier park, great views of the cityscape, lots of shops, l l bean, and exclusive stores, restos a plenty, great photo ops near fort point, hood milk bottle, boston tea party ships,
Written 30 December 2019
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Kbisono
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Seaport was a nice surprise. We liked walking around it and seeing how a new neighborhood develops. This pier is beautiful and has very nice views and even a small fire to warm yourself.
Written 10 November 2019
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CMelam
Eugene, OR297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited on a cloudy weekday in November, so the pier was very quiet. It was still enjoyable to stroll and imagine it full of people in nicer weather. There are lots of places to sit and some interesting spots along the way to learn about the history of the area. There are plenty of restaurants nearby to grab lunch, and it was relaxing to sit and watch the various boats.
Written 7 November 2019
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Piotr H.
Lodz, Poland3,877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
It is very nice place to stay. Really great skyline and great bay views. I really liked it and recommend
Written 3 October 2019
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Brian B
Pepperell31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Great views right on the water. The best part is it's flat and smooth. We saw some high end yachts too!
Written 19 August 2019
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charm_of_finches
Boston, MA66 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I love Fan Pier and the Harborwalk in general, but the management at Fan Pier needs to do something about the rude family who docks at the boat slips parallel to Liberty Drive (near the ICA). The family has a small boat where they sit at a table with fake candles and try to police the public gangplank, telling people to leave because it's a private area, which it is not. The man (big guy, white hair) is obnoxiously passive-aggressive with his relentless harassment of people. He is loud and belligerent. His wife (shoulder-length white hair) and daughter participate in the heckling and are equally repugnant. They all seem to think it's their duty to tell people not to take photos there and leave the area. It's not their duty, and it's not a private area, but more importantly the way they harass people is absolutely despicable and abusive.

I called management to complain about this family, particularly the man, and they knew who I was talking about and said my complaint was not the first. If that is the case, this family should not be allowed to continue docking at this slip. Their behavior is vulgar, and it's truly unfortunate that unsuspecting people have to deal with them again and again. It's a shame that this family is in a position to make other people's experiences absolutely miserable in what should be a fun, family-friendly environment.
Written 11 June 2019
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annamuller924
Rock Island, IL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Great view of the city, especially at night. Very charming and family friendly. We visited at night to photograph the city lights and it didn't disappoint.
Written 6 June 2019
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