The neighborhood of Mid Dorchester is a subset of the larger neighborhood of Dorchester, which was named after the English town of Dorchester, one of many towns from which the Puritans emigrated. Founded in 1630, this thriving neighborhood predates the city itself. Dorchester was a separate municipality before Boston annexed it in 1870. It remains Boston's largest neighborhood.
Mid Dorchester is between Dorchester proper and South Boston. Roxbury is to the west and the neighborhood fronts Boston Harbor on the east. The neighborhood's architecture reflects its history. There is an interesting mix of houses and building from every era of the city on display in the neighborhood, including many Victorian mansions.
Dorchester Avenue connects the neighborhood with the commercial districts and the rest of the city, but there is much to see and do inside Mid Dorchester. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the University of Massachusetts in Boston are nearby.
The river and the harbor provide excellent opportunities for recreation. Fishing, boating, birding and more are available at the Neponset River Recreation site. Sailboats can be rented at Harbor Point. The Franklin Park Zoo is a good place for a family outing. Other interesting sites are nearby, including the Commonwealth Museum and the Baker Chocolate Mill site.
Public art is on display throughout the neighborhood. There are also a number of nice neighborhood restaurants. Accommodations are scarce in Mid Dorchester but there are plenty to be had in the surrounding neighborhoods, and all are accessible by public transportation.