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About Boston

Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.

As the region's hub, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business.

Boston's coastal climate offers residents and visitors four distinct seasons. In March, the average low is 31 F and the average high is 45 F. March is usually a wet month in Boston.

You can easily spend a week touring the Boston area, but what should you visit if your time is limited? We have figured this out for you on our Top Ten Things To Do in Boston page.

Fun Facts

  • Did you know at 90 feet below the surface the Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest tunnel in North America?
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train passing under a car driving under an airplane.
  • Harvard was founded in 1636 and was the first college established in North America.
  • The Boston Cream Pie dessert was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston. It is now the official dessert of the State.

For more facts and trivia, click here.

Getting There and Getting Around

For information on getting from Logan Airport to the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, see the Venue page.

There are three main routes into Boston:

  • I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) from the west
  • I-95 from the north and south
  • I-93 from the north and south

By Subway and Bus (Local)
The MBTA (known as the T) offers an online trip planner for figuring out how to get around by subway, local bus, and train.

By Bus (Regional)
Nationwide bus companies including Greyhound and Peter Pan stop downtown at South Station. Several regional bus companies offer scheduled service from Boston to New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York City.

By Train
Amtrak has scheduled train service to Boston from New York and other points in the Northeast Corridor. The trip from New York City takes 3 1/2 hours on Acela Express trains, about 4 hours on other trains.

Amtrak has three Boston stops:

  • Route 128 is about 12 miles from downtown and is a good place to get off if you are visiting the western or southern suburbs.
  • Back Bay Station is in the Back Bay, convenient to hotels in the Back Bay and the South End and the Orange Line subway.
  • The other terminal is South Station, near the Financial District and on the Red Line subway. It is convenient for the hotels along the waterfront and the theater district.

By Air
Logan Airport is located in East Boston. Massport lists options for getting to and from the airport.

Modes of Transportation you can use once in Boston.

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