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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

Marina Bay in Quincy, Mass., offers waterfront dining, shopping and strolling
Boardwalk at Marina Bay in Quincy.

Quincy, 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 14 acres.

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 South Quincy).

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 candy included!).

Siro's waterfront restaurant at Marina Bay in Quincy, Mass.
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.

View of Boston across the water at Marina Bay in Quincy, Mass.

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 Vietnam."

Clocktower at Marina Bay in Quincy, Mass.
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 coastal New England -- and so close to Boston!.

Marina Bay
333 Victory Rd.,
North Quincy, MA
Tel. (617)847-1800

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