Boston is known as a walking city, which makes it easy for those in town for a short period of time to explore different neighborhoods within one trip. Fort Point is one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, bordering the Seaport and downtown. It’s a short walk from South Station, which is accessible from the MBTA Red and Silver Lines, along with many Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains.
When you’re visiting Fort Point, you can experience a mix of museums and local food and drinks. It’s a particularly nice part of town to walk through on a nice day, as it’s right on the water, and you can take in beautiful city views. Whether you're taking the kids to the Children's Museum or having a cold beer at the Trillium Brewing Company, Fort Point is an area that won't disappoint.
Before you go, read on for our full list of the top things to do in Fort Point. When you're done checking out Fort Point, the Seaport is another popular waterfront neighborhood that you can pop on over to next!
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum are right on the water—in fact, when you get there, you’ll get right on a restored tall ship to reenact the Boston Tea Party and feel like you’re living in 1773. After you throw your tea overboard and take a peek at the artifacts within the museum, you can stick around for drinks and a bite to eat at Abigail’s Tea Room, or you can come back on the second or fourth Friday of the month for “Tavern Night,” complete with singing and dancing with a lookalike Sam Adams.
An entire museum dedicated to keeping the little ones entertained while also teaching them a thing or two about science, culture, the environment, health, the arts, and more? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day in the city, especially when the weather isn’t as nice as you hoped. The Children’s Museum has been around for over 100 years and features both tried-and-true and new exhibits year-round. Fan favorites include the climbing structure maze and giant bubble station. All activities are guaranteed to spark creativity all around and will also ensure that the kids sleep well that night!
After you get a photo with the Hood Milk Bottle outside the Children's Museum, join the line outside of it to get your fix of Sullivan’s hot dogs, lobster rolls, and soft-serve iced cream. The Sullivan’s on Castle Island in South Boston has been around since 1951, and Bostonians and tourists alike flock to their takeout window as soon as it opens each year. You won’t be disappointed with this family-run Boston staple. And the line here is much shorter than it is on opening day in Southie! Fun fact: the Hood Milk Bottle was shipped in from its original location in Taunton, MA in 1977, but it was built back in 1933.
Trillium Brewing Company’s flagship brewery is right in Fort Point on Congress Street. You may notice it by seeing a random line forming all the way down the street in the middle of the day. That’s what happens when they release a limited-edition beer. This is the location where Trillium tests out pilot brews for their biggest fans and those visiting the neighborhood to buy it first. Try the Fort Point Pale Ale, named for – you guessed it – Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. Note that sampling and pours are not available at this location as this is their retail location.
On a Friday or Saturday night, Lucky’s Lounge is the place to be, and that’s largely thanks to the live music they bring in every week. It does get crowded, so don’t come too late if you want to avoid waiting in line. On the flip side, if you happen to be there before the crowds, they have a good bar food selection to choose from with burgers, sandwiches, apps, and more – and of course plenty of drinks to go around. If you're looking for a space for a private event, Lucky's is a good spot to check out for that as well.
Technically just outside of the Fort Point footprint, the Envoy Hotel is home to arguably the city’s most popular rooftop bar, Lookout Rooftop Bar. During the summer months, this rooftop lounge is the place to be for post-work and weekend drinks (beware of the line that inevitably forms as the night goes on). And a little snow and freezing cold weather doesn’t stop the fun here in the winter. That’s when they bring out the igloos, where you can curl up under a blanket with a group of friends while you get your drink on. Downstairs, you’ll also find the Outlook Restaurant & Bar serving up delicious dinner—everything from fresh scallops to cognac mac and cheese—and drinks.
Rent a Boat
Right along the water by the Barking Crab, you’ll find various boat rentals, ranging from row boats to kayaks. When the weather is nice, take one out in the Fort Point Channel, where the water is calm, and you can get a nice tan while you take in the city views. There are also larger boats you can book to take groups out on the water from this area.
Grab a water taxi for a fun joyride over to East Boston, where you’ll find a whole different Boston scene. When you get there, check out the restaurants and breweries right near the dock. Water taxis can also take you to other parts of the city, as long as they are along the waterfront, of course!
The Harborwalk is a nearly 50-mile public walkway that goes right along the Fort Point Channel. Even if you don’t plan on walking far, it’s always nice to walk along this path, whether it’s alone with your favorite music or with family as you head to your next stop during your visit. If you do plan to take the Harborwalk beyond this part of town, you can continue walking through the North End and then Charlestown, or head in the other direction to wind up along the beach in South Boston.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to get a delicious sandwich or salad, or if you happen to have a sweet tooth, Flour Bakery & Cafe is your place. Everything is made in-house, and you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. In town for a special occasion? They also offer cakes! And while you’re at it, you should probably order a platter of cookies and pastries to go, along with a brown butter cinnamon roll to enjoy for breakfast the next day.
Plan a Nice Dinner
There are plenty of restaurant options in Fort Point. Head to Bastille Kitchen for contemporary French cuisine and an extensive cocktail list, including the Bastille, made with a combination of Prosecco, gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon, and thyme. The restaurant also has a spacious downstairs space with lounge-style seating that can be used for events of all kinds. And for oysters and a variety of other fresh seafood options, try Row 34, which also has a location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The raw bar is one of the best in town, so don’t miss out if that’s your thing.
If you’re the type that likes to keep up with your fitness while traveling, this is the place to be. EverybodyFights may sound like a boxing gym, but it’s much more than that, with all kinds of group fitness classes that will kick your butt into shape. No boxing experience is necessary, and if you’re a newbie, boxing glove rentals are complimentary. If you’re not the class type, you can work out on your own as well, as there's a regular gym in the same building as the classes.