The dog days of summer have arrived in our fair city, which means that, in addition to the requisite bad hair days fostered by Boston’s infamous humidity levels, the Seaport comes alive with fun things to do, and al fresco dining options – many with a water view – abound.
While this past winter was fairly mild, especially in comparison to the year before, we hardy New Englanders know that winter is always right around the corner. Every moment of summer must be celebrated, which is why we prefer to take our meals on the terrace – or deck – whenever possible.
Drink in the epic views of the Channel from the terrace of 75 on Liberty Wharf as you savor a French 75, a “sweet-tart” cocktail of Victoria Lane pink gin, lemon juice and Prosecco, and peruse the menu. It includes several salad options, many of which are a just-right entrée option for a summer night. Should the weather be a tad too hot, floor-to-ceiling windows mean you get nearly the same view inside, served with a side of AC.
For date night head to Strega Waterfront, another eatery directly on the water, with a menu that focuses on Northern Italian Cuisine. The branzino, seabass with cured lemon, rosemary, Vidalia onions and Yukon gold roasted potatoes, strikes the just right note on a sultry Saturday night. Not in the mood for Italian? Spice things up at Temazcal’s Seaport location, also right on the water.
If it’s “looking for a date night,” the roof-top deck at Legal Harborside is the perfect see-and-be-seen destination. Sushi, small plates and a stunning view come together for Seaport perfection.
Things to Do for Free (or Nearly Free)
Everyone loves a bargain, even well-heeled Bostonians. Should you be pinching pennies, you’ll be pinching yourself over the free – or nearly free – things to do in the Seaport in summer.
Free Thursdays at the Institute of Contemporary Art (5:00 to 9:00 p.m.) is as much about the scene as it is the art. We could relegate ourselves to sitting on a bench drinking in the view, never setting foot inside, and still consider this a Thursday evening well spent.
Summer is, after all, bathing suit season, so it’s important to keep up that cardio routine. The Seaport Sweat series (multiple classes throughout the week) is just the ticket, and it’s a free ticket at that. Cisco Brewers offers Yoga with Beatsby1111 on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $20, but it includes a beer, so chances are it’s worth it.
If you’re looking to beat the heat, nothing beats spending a couple of hours in a dark, air-conditioned movie theater. Every Tuesday, ShowPlace Icon Theatre offers $6 tickets all day long. Members can amp up the experience by spending an extra five bucks for a medium drink/small popcorn combo.
Splurge-Worthy Things to Do
We suspect (we have nothing to back up this claim) that it was the forbears of the aforementioned “well-heeled Bostonians” who turned the word summer into a verb – as in they “summered” on the Cape and didn’t work for 12 weeks – but we modern folk need to stay focused for roughly 50 weeks of the year. Make the most of your summer by taking advantage of all the Seaport has to offer.
Grab a few friends and take to the water aboard a Spirit of Boston sunset dinner cruise. The two-hour cruise meanders around the harbor and includes dinner and dancing. Is this a touristy thing to do? Yes, it is. But after being stuck inside an office all day, playing tourist out on the harbor sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Should you prefer remaining on terra firma, the summer concert series at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is an absolute must. Highlights in the coming weeks include Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and Blondie (be still our Baby Boomer hearts!), John Fogerty, Mark Knopfler, UB40, and a classic rock/country mash-up with the Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart.
Did you know that “Big Old Jet Airliner,” the song that brought Miller and co. massive amounts of fame in the late ’70s, was written by a guy who lived on the Cape in Harwich? But the composer, Paul Pena, never summered there. He just lived there.
And that’s our random closing factoid.