If you don’t want to venture too far from South Station, or only have a bit of time before your train, and still get a flavor for Boston, explore one of the vibrant neighborhoods within a short distance from the depot.
Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Located between the city's Financial District and Theater District, Chinatown is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Boston. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the area's large selection of Asian restaurants and bakeries, where they can sample everything from dim sum to almond cookies.
Distinguished as the second largest district in the US, the Financial District is home to a number of banks, brokerages and law firms, but has few tourist attractions. Yet it is full of sights the locals love including Post Office Square and classic examples of Art Deco architecture.
Made up of old leather factories transformed into residential and commercial uses, the Leather District boasts a historic appeal while offering 21-century amenities. Residents cherish the "loft living" options that characterize this community. Locals do not have to travel far to sample some great restaurants, cafés and shopping destinations.
Downtown Crossing is the vibrant center of life in the city of Boston. It is a neighborhood where residents and visitors gather to shop, eat and play where everything is within walking distance. Cultural and entertainment offerings are complemented by civic programming throughout the year.
The Fort Point Channel is home to residents, artists, offices, well-known cultural and harbor destinations, a growing HARBORWALK and South Bay Harbor Trail and more. Heralded as Boston’s best places to live, work and play, the area features year-round programming from flower giveaways to the floating art project.