Walk the Nantucket-Style Boardwalk, Enjoy Waterfront Seafood Dining
at Marina Bay in Quincy, Mass.
Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz. Updated
Oct. 11, 2017
Boardwalk at Marina Bay in
Mass, is a solid city by the sea, full of hard-working decent people, a
lively dowtown with plenty of shops, restaurants and stunning colonial
home and church architecture, and Adams National Historical Park
comprising 11 historic structures and beautiful landscaping on nearly
The city of 89,000 with an enviable proximity to Boston is not a
vacation mecca, however. People do not come here to get away from it
all --that is the job of other nearby communities like Marblehead,
Newburyport, Rockport and Cape Cod. On the contrary, many people in
Quincy leave their own city to get away from it all, as the commuting
traffic and other city challenges are often overwhelming and sometimes
the receptor of good-natured blue-collar ribbing (local comedian Steve
Sweeney once said he likes to hang out at the Citgo gas station in
An oasis in an otherwise bustling city, however, is Marina Bay.
Picturesque, isolated and laid-back, Marina Bay features
Nantucket-style boardwalks, some great waterfront restaurants with
seasonal outdoor seating (Siros and Captain Fishbone's are at the top
of the pack with great
seafood), lounges, clubs, and a few places to shop (ice cream and
Siros restaurant on the waterfront.
Tucked away in Dorchester Bay on Boston Harbor, Marina Bay sports nice
views of the Boston skyline and the chance to take a leisurely walk
along the wide boardwalk -- perfect for the traveler wanting to soak in
the New England coastal atmosphere or for someone not in a rush to get
anywhere. This oasis provides an interesting contrast to the fast-paced
ways of urban living across the water in Boston.
Marina Bay is not just a place to dine and shop. According to the City
of Quincy Web Site, it is the largest full service marina in the
northeast United States, housing 685 boat slips, "a Boatworks with the
capability to repair and refurbish both power and sailboats, a Yacht
Broker, a 35-ton travelift for hauling and launching boats, and a fully
equipped marina, complete with showers and laundry."
Although modern-looking with its recent development, Marina Bay has
quite a history. As quoted on the City of Quincy Web Site, "The first
Harvard Aero Meet took place here in 1910 when it was the Dennison
Airport. During World War I the area was occupied by the Victory
Shipyard, a satellite of the Fore River Shipyard. The Victory Shipyard
completed a vessel in 45 days and set a world record for fastest
construction of a ship. Marina Bay is also the site of the old Squantum
Naval Air Station, the first Reserve Naval Air Station in the country,
established in 1941 by Admiral Bird when he was just a Lieutenant. In
the 1950's, Marina Bay was home to the blimps. On the boardwalk is a
magnificent clocktower, a memorial to Quincy's veterans who died in
Clocktower, shops, restaurants, and boardwalk at Marina Bay.
Marina Bay ultimately offers the best of both worlds-- rich in history
and tourist appeal. It is indeed a surefire way to feel the pulse of
New England -- and so close to Boston!.
333 Victory Rd.,
North Quincy, MA
the Whaling District in New Bedford, Mass.
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