The Financial District has visitors dodging swarms of suited worker bees, but Boston’s business crowd isn’t the only thing buzzing here this summer.

What to Do

Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace is well known and highly trafficked. It’s a shopping mecca featuring both brand-name and local boutiques, and its Quincy Market colonnade features loads of local vendors serving up quick and casual lunch. State Street at Congress Street, 617.523.1300

Located on the second level of Quincy Market building, Gunther von Hagens’ touring exhibition Body Worlds Vital offers an insightful look at health, disease and the inner workings of the human body with its displays of real life people and body parts. Quincy Market, 866.276.9458

Stately landmark Faneuil Hall is headquarters of Boston National Historical Park. It also serves as a departure point for a number of ranger-guided Freedom Trail walking tours. Congress Street, 617.242.5642

When you’re feeling the heat of summer, chill out at Frost Ice Bar. It is, literally, a bar made of ice. 200 State St., 617.307.7331


“The Hockey Players” installation at Body Worlds Vital (Courtesy Body Worlds Vital)


Heading toward the waterfront, the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway weaves through the heart of the Financial District and is a welcome respite shaded by Yoshino cherries, Elizabeth magnolias and native New England flora. Other attractions here include public art, splash fountains, a beautiful carousel and a caravan of food trucks. 617.292.0020

New-ish Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to the famed rebellious act of Dec. 16, 1773. Toss tea overboard yourself, if you like. 306 Congress St., 617.338.1773

Buy some crafty souvenirs to bring home at creative collaborative Design Museum Store, newly opened. 70 East India Row

At New England Aquarium, encounter seals, sea lions and stingrays, not to mention the animals living inside the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank. 1 Central Wharf, 617.973.5200

Later in the day, Boston Harbor Hotel hosts Summer in the City, four evenings of alfresco entertainment—soul music to classic films—overlooking the harbor, June 12-Aug. 29. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617.856.7744


There is lots to do at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (©Paul Gelsobello)


If you’d rather sail into the harbor, visit the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion where you can buy tickets to this water-locked National Historic Park from this mainland information center. 191 Atlantic Ave., 617.223.8666

In town June 3-5? City Hall Plaza hosts Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, a sweet annual event where $10 gets you as much ice cream as you can eat. City Hall Plaza, 617.632.3863

Where to Eat

Tater tot poutine, baked beans with bacon crumbs, chilled lobster roll: all sophisticated takes on comfort food cooked by Kyle Ketchum at new place Bostonia Public House, where high-top tables and excellent service are de rigeur. 131 State St., 617.948.9800

Bostonians know Central Wharf Co. as the former Jose McIntyre’s, a bar with an Irish-Mexican theme and floors as sticky as the crowd was college-aged. But Glynn Group’s new vision does justice to its historic building, pairing modern touches with the rusticity of exposed brick walls and framed vintage newsprint. Menu is a mix of tasty bar food like Asian-flaired wonton nachos and hearty sandwiches like buttermilk fried chicken. 160 Milk St., 617.451.9460


Central Wharf Co. is a great spot to eat (©Robert Terry Photography)


Jody Adams’ waterfront rendezvous Trade serves up sharing plates of which ordering many is a must. Fried polenta with Halloumi cheese, anyone? Flatbreads are fab, too, and, at the bar, the tender creates original drinks per customer’s whim. 540 Atlantic Ave., 617.451.1234

Bill Brodsky’s contemporary American eatery City Landing features scenic views of the Greenway and an approachable finer dining menu utilizing sustainable local ingredients. Dining for one: Check out Brodsky’s Bar Crumbs. 255 State St., 617.725.0305

Mobile Eats boasts more than 30 food trucks that hawk fresh cuisine from local vendors at six locations along the Greenway on the daily. Locations along Rose F. Kennedy Greenway