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Thomas V
Oakland, CA
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the traditional old Irish neighborhoods and back in the day, not a place for tourists. Because it is very close to the center, gentrification is under way and times have changed. Some hipsters now.
Written 11 June 2020
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We left sunny California to spend a long Weekend celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with friends, in snow covered South Boston. This is a really great area to explore not only in the daytime but also at night. Our friends lived very near the entrance gate to the Thomas J Butler park and a city bus stop. But walking was our best mode of transport around, heading for down town we would cross over the Medal of Honor Park to the main shopping area, or cross over the road and walk up to Dorchester Heights, and its view of the town and harbour below, passing the local high school on the way. One can only imagine how the British felt when they woke up on the morning of the 17th March 1776 and saw all George Washington’s cannons bearing down on them. (even though some were only hollowed out tree trunks blackened by fire to look like cannons). It was intimidation enough to make them loading up all their troops and loyalist colonists on to Royal Navy ships, and evacuate the city for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The old Forts of William and Mary on Castle Island just before the American Civil War were replaced with granite fortification, this inspired Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed here for five months in 1827, to write The Cask of Amontillado, a story based on an early Castle Island legend.
With Irelands Great potato Famine, between 1845 and 1849 large numbers of Irish emigrated to South Boston, making it a predominately an Irish working-class neighborhood. There are lots of drinking and eating places that have an Irish theme to them, and with all the craft breweries it was not hard to find a green friendly bar.
With the local Evacuation Day parade (Day the British left Boston.) on the 17th March already a local holiday, adding Saint Patrick to it was only natural. Now on the 17th March each year in South Boston a parade that takes place with police and army contingents, marching bands, novelty vehicles, Minutemen firing their muskets’, and in general all participants and onlookers wearing something green. Many caricatures and famous people were born on the south side, the most renown are the Bulger brother's, James "Whitey" Bulger, a convicted organized crime head, and William M. Bulger former president of the Massachusetts Senate, former president of the University of Massachusetts.

TIP: For the Parade do not stand near the start move on down the route as it gets less crowded with tourists and move fun with locals.
Written 28 February 2019
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Indah Edlightz
Ontario, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
South Boston has changed so much from years past. Its now a family friendly area with parks, lots of shopping, and lots of restaurants. Most of the old building have been replaced with new condos and retail.
Written 19 June 2018
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Patti R
Washington, IL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Coming home is always exciting.
Seeing family, longtime friends and places we hung out.

If you every get to Boston you have to visit the following places.

Sullivan's
Castle Island
And walk the Sugarbowl

Written 9 July 2017
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Joe F
Boston, MA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
Great - off-the-beaten path of Boston. Huge dog friendly area with more parks and green space than you might expect. Each to walk around and each access to T
Written 23 May 2017
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
This is totally biased. My family is from Southy. Great place. Love it, good old southy.
Great neighborhoods.
Written 15 March 2017
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Justmyopinion
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Two totally different areas.
South Boston sometimes call the seaport district too does not have the restaurants (Although we did find 1 really great one) that other areas do.
Also, it's not real touristy (things to look st).

South end is different.
Loads of restaurants, great museums and a lot of really good walking to check it out areas.
Personally, If I wasn't doing a convention I would pick the South end over South Boston any day!
Written 6 October 2016
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RonL40
Utica, NY
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
If you're exploring the real South End, then you know it's not the South Shore (some people here are confusing the two). The South End is a place of neighborhoods. No beaches here but there the beautiful Victorians. Better than it used to be & not as gentrified, thankfully, as some places. But still a place to you know where you're walking or, even better, go with a Southie.
Written 23 May 2016
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nikiblaker
Boston, MA
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
My husband and I recently moved to Boston (to the North End) and every weekend, we choose a different neighborhood to explore. Last week we walked all along the Seaport District. Checking out the Moakley Courthouse was pretty cool and potentially, it would be a great walk along the harbor - there are some great restaurants and shops there - but there's just so much construction going on that you can't really enjoy the area at the moment.

I feel really bad for all the high-end restaurants that probably usually benefit from water views suffering from everything going on there right now.

Also, the signage as to which parts of the Harbor Walk are close and any recommended detours were not clear.

Hopefully by next summer, we can come back and enjoy it, but for now - you're just going to be looking at rubble.
Written 28 October 2015
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wick1979
Dallas, TX
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Business
Came here for dinner, had done drinks then hung out at the beach for a bit. Nicely maintained, little on the chilly side but it's a beach in Boston you can't complain to much.
Cool neighborhood reminds me of home with the neighborhood bars that are part of the buildings.
Written 12 August 2015
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