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Fort Point Channel

Urban Development Series

boats docked under the bridge to fort point Boston

Tour Description

Explore the engineered world of Fort Point Channel. On this tour of discovery, you will experience the history and engineering marvels of this industrial waterway that has become the centerpiece of this neighborhood's revival.

Learn how the Channel came to be through the activities of the Boston Wharf Company, South Station development, the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, and recent activation efforts. Explore the workings of its three remaining historic bridges, plus the memories of the Mt. Washington, the rolling bridges at South Station, and the ambitious cofferdam. Uncover why Fort Point Channel was the most difficult undertaking of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the I-90 extension, and the great changes the Channel has experienced since. Prepare to walk from one end of the Channel to the other and see this area like you have never seen it before!

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 1

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

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 at the corner of Atlantic Ave. and Seaport Blvd., outside James Hook & Co at 440 Atlantic Ave.

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)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Rolling Bridge Park.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Broadway (Red Line)