Fodor's Expert Review Long Wharf
Boston Historic District/Site Free
Stand in front of Faneuil Hall and you'll see lines on the ground marking Boston's original waterfront. Find State Street to your right and look straight down all the way to Boston Harbor. Where you're standing is where Long Wharf originally started, and in Colonial days it was, in fact, the city's longest wharf. Today, Long Wharf starts east of Atlantic Avenue, and it serves as the launching point for many of the city's water tours, sails, and cruises. Halfway down the wharf, you can have dinner at The Chart House, a nice seafood restaurant, but note that the historic building it houses was once John Hancock's counting house and still contains his vault. The New England Aquarium sits next door, at Central Wharf.