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Rowes Wharf: Sensationally Good City Making

A visionary concept in urban planning, Rowes Wharf remains at the center of 21st century Boston

Rowe's Wharf architectural rendering 1984

Tour Description

When the modern Rowes Wharf was conceived in 1982, it was a design competition with a bold vision of a new Boston. Learn why this building was such a breakthrough, and how it remains at the center of 21st-century Boston.

Our hour-long, accessible, quarter-mile tour will lead you through memories of colonial wharves and elevated trolleys, schooners and steamships, and into the transformed city.

Presented in partnership with the Boston Harbor Hotel

Tour Information

tour duration

60 minutes

tour distance

0.25 mile

tour terrain level 1

mostly flat surfaces and little to no 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 in front of the concierge desk in the lobby of the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf

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

Nearest MBTA Stations: Aquarium (Blue Line) or South Station (Red & Silver Lines)