Boston Destination Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Setting Sail in Boston

Your Summertime Boating Vacation Starts with Boston boat rentals!

Boston is home to the Boston Harbor, an important port in any American history book because it was the location of the Boston Tea Party in the 17th century. Today, while much of the history of the Boston Harbor is still intact, so are many other amenities that tourists from around the country seek to find in Beantown and hitting the water on Boston boat rentals is a visitor’s dream.

As is with many places that have harsh winters, Boston comes alive in the summer and the surrounding bodies of water become an important part of the culture and daily lives of Bostonians and visitors. If you’re not yet planning a summer vacation to the area, you will be – trust us.

Boston boat rentals are the best way to enjoy “The City on the Hill”

Boston Island Harbors

Spectacle Island – Less than five miles from downtown Boston is Spectacle Island, a 114-acre island ideal for Boston boat rentals. The island offers panoramic views of the harbor and skyline. There is a marina on the island that allows you to ride over, dock up and spend the day checking out the evolution of the island. After you dock be on the lookout for the green visitor signs for information about all the island amenities.

Lovells Island – A great swimming spot, Lovells Island, is sought after for its privacy. Of course, privacy also means no supervision, so be smart when swimming (especially on the ocean side). The ferry comes in and out during the summer. If you take your own boat you’ll have to anchor off shore, which shouldn’t be a problem since you’re going swimming anyway!

Bumpkin Island – If long strolls on the beach sounds like your ideal Saturday afternoon then move Bumpkin Island to the top of your must-see list. A quiet camping destination, the island offers trials of wildflowers and shell beaches that make for the perfect afternoon walk. If you’re bringing your own boat there are about 25 moorings available on a first come first serve basis.

Georges Island – A jumping-off point for some of the other islands, Georges Island, is home of Fort Warren, a Civil War fort with majestic archways that makes for a scenic walk. The island has a visitor center, ranger tours, gift shop and a place to eat. There are approximately 25 moorings available on a first come first serve basis.

Water Activities

Whale Watching – The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is part of the Massachusetts Bay and a prime location for whale watching. It is common to see humpback, fin, minke, northern right and pilot whale, as well as Atlantic white-sided dolphin. Spring and summer are the best times for whale watching. Take your boat out to the bank and keep your fingers crossed for a “whale show.”

Swimming – The best swimming in East Boston is at Constitution Beach. There are lifeguards and picnic areas and admission is free. For a more private experience, we recommend Lovells Island.

Dining – Waterfront dining is not as prominent as you’d think in the city of Boston, so the few that accommodate “dock and dine” services are worth stopping by. Barking Crab in South Boston on the Fort Point Channel is a local seafood shack. If you’re docking at the restaurant it is recommended to call ahead (docks are first come first serve). Also, your boat needs to be able to clear the North Avenue bridge, which is seven feet high. Don’t forget to watch the tide changes or you’ll be stuck at Barking Crab for longer than expected… but is that really a bad thing?

How to Rent a Boat in Boston

Enjoying Boston by the water doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Renting a boat is as easy as securing a hotel room for the night thanks to boat sharing companies like Boatsetter. View all available boats in Boston and filter by length, passenger count, and captain needs. It’s as easy as it sounds.

Are you ready to set sail in Boston? We’re not sure what you’re waiting for. Start your quest for the perfect boat by checking out the trending Boston boat rentals below, then get ready to #jumpin and set sail!

Intrepid 377

This Intrepid is ready to cruise the Boston waterways!

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Par Tee Time

Rent a Sea Ray and take in Boston from the water!

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Tuna Hunter

Head up to Gloucester to Wicked Tuna Territory!

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