The Port of Boston was established in the 17th century. While not claiming the distinguished title of largest or busiest port, it holds a much more revolutionary honor: the site of the Boston Tea Party. In 1773, Bostonians harnessed the growing American outrage towards Great Britain and taxation practices and destroyed three shiploads of tea by throwing it into the Boston Harbor, an act contributing to the American Revolution. The event is reenacted annually on December 16.
While founded in trade, the Port of Boston has maintained distinction along the East Coast. However, the modern industry has decentralized from the historic port and into surrounding Boston neighborhoods. The historic Port has harnessed its unique culture and charm into a cruise and ferry docks. The area is lined by upscale, luxury hotels, a fun mix of fine and casual dining locales, and an abundance of history.
Long Wharf is among the most popular of Port of Boston's modern docks. Boston is home to the first subway system in the United States; Long Wharf is easily accessible off the blue line, is just blocks from famed Faneuil Hall, and is next door to the New England Aquarium. The dock has various vendors, including tickets for boat tours, whale-watching, and romantic cruises. Plan ahead and pack a sweater, or even the warmest New England days can bring a cool night.