By Mike McGurl, one of the Principals of Boston’s Best Cruises
Sometimes the path less traveled is truly the better option and anyone looking for things to do in Boston needs to know where that path is. If you are heading to anywhere near the water front, park on Atlantic Avenue (which turns into Commercial Street) in the North End. I did just that this morning as I was heading to work on our Whale Watch boat, Voyager III.
The Boston’s Best Cruises Ferry Center and boarding area are located between the Marriott Long Wharf and Christopher Columbus Park; right at the edge of the North End neighborhood. When many people think of this area they think about parking at the Harbor Garage next to the Aquarium or in the Quincy Market area; this is a big mistake as those garages cost as much as $36.00 for the day! The North End parking facilities are $16 to $25 on weekdays and as low as $15.00 on weekends. As a significant added benefit, it is a very short but picturesque walk to the Ferry Center and there are several amenities for your convenience along the way. The below photo essay will illustrate my points.
Weekend parking rates on Atlantic Avenue/Commercial Street in the North End.
There are great views of historic buildings and way finding maps along the route.
Along the way, take a short detour to explore the secret garden on Lewis Wharf. This is an amazing, secluded waterfront park worthy of the time to sit, relax and contemplate… but don’t be late for the boat.
The last stop before getting to Boston’s Best Cruises Ferry Center is Christopher Columbus Park, one of the most picturesque parks in Massachusetts and don’t forget Tia’s, one of the most popular summer spots in Boston.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.