With a front-row seat at the Atlantic Ocean, Boston offers many waterfront activities for any time of day. Whether you’re hungry and looking for a restaurant with a waterfront view or you want to watch the sun set over the Charles River, here are some of our favorite things to do by the water in Boston.

The Docks by the Esplanade

There are five docks located on the Charles River by the Esplanade. There, you can often find people stretched out working on their summer tans, reading or hanging out with friends. The docks are a perfect place to have an afternoon picnic or watch the sunset.

The Esplanade. (617) 227-0365

Dining by the Water

There are a number of places to have a meal overlooking the water in Boston. Popular destinations include: The three-floor Legal Harborside offers a distinct menu and dining experience for each level of the restaurant, each with the same fantastic view of the Boston Harbor. The Barking Crab overlooks the Fort Point channel and is a Seaport district favorite. Housed in one of the oldest buildings on Long Wharf, the Chart House is known for the steak and an elegant dining experience.

Boston Harborwalk

On the edge of Boston’s North End, the Boston Harborwalk is a 43-mile-long linear park that stretches across the rim of the city. The Harborwalk is adjacent to several beautiful areas of the city, leading to plenty of things to do, such as the Charles River Esplanade, the Freedom Trail, Castle Island State Park and more.

Boston Harborwalk. (617) 223-8667

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Right down the street from the Boston’s Children’s Museum, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum reenacts the Boston Tea Party for visitors, among other things. Along with group tours, you can experience the Abigail Tea Room, which overlooks the Harbor.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. 306 Congress Street Boston, MA. (866) 955-0667.Boston

Children’s Museum

One of the oldest children’s museums on earth, the Boston Children’s Museum has been around for over 100 years. Centered around the environment, science, health and art, the BCM rests right by the water and is close to several cafes and restaurants.

Boston Children’s Museum. 308 Congress Street Boston, MA. (617) 426-6500