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Fort Point and Seaport: The Evolution of the South Boston Waterfront

Explore two waterfront neighborhoods with the same roots but a completely different look and feel

Boston Freight Terminals

Tour Description

The Seaport and Fort Point, two waterfront neighborhoods with the same roots but that look and feel completely different. How did the Seaport turn from a tidal marsh to the newest, hottest part of Boston with gleaming glass towers, high-end restaurants, luxe shopping, and some of the most expensive real estate in town? While only steps away is the historic, architecturally distinct urban loft neighborhood of Fort Point? Answer these questions and more on this tour as we walk through time from the late 19th century to today exploring the history of these two unique neighborhoods. Learn about how Summer Street was once the center of the wool trade in the United States and about how the Seaport became Boston’s “Innovation District.”

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 3

likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide on the corner of Dorchester Ave and Summer St (south side), immediately before the Summer Street Bridge (the small plaza adjoining 245 Summer St)

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: South Station (Red & Silver Lines and Commuter Rail)

“This was my first Boston by Foot tour, and I'm super interested in the MBTA and the Big Dig - this tour was awesome. Our tour guide was an architect herself and was so knowledgeable about the history of Boston involving the evolving shoreline of colonial Boston, to the historical feat of the Big Dig, to the fun facts about the subway system. She was super enthusiastic too! This tour is definitely something you don't find with your average tour company. We were in small groups too, so it made it easy to ask questions. I've lived in Massachusetts and Boston myself for my whole life and still learned some many new facts about Boston!! Double Thumbs Up!!!”
— Wrentham, MA