Welcome to Downtown Boston
Getting Here and Around
Downtown Boston is easily accessible by the T; take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing, the Blue Line to Aquarium, or the Red Line to South Station or Downtown Crossing. If you are in a car, a garage is your best bet; the Interpark Garage (270 Atlantic Ave.) is near the New England Aquarium. The Children's Museum is a bit farther: either walk from South Station or park nearby at the Atlantic Wharf Garage (280 Congress St.).
Timing and Safety
This section of Boston has a generous share of attractions, so it's wise to save a full day for visiting Downtown, spending the bulk of it at the New England Aquarium or the Children's Museum. There are optimum times to catch some sights: dusk for a romantic stroll along the waterfront at Rowes Wharf, and at 2 pm on sunny days (except for Friday) at the observation deck at the top of the U.S. Custom House (now a Marriott) for a $4 fee. But there’s no need to visit the aquarium at a special hour—feedings and trainings happen several times a day. Downtown is a safe area, but the Financial District empties out after 6 pm, so choose well-lighted streets when walking alone at night.
The quintessential Boston fish haunt, Legal Sea Foods (255 State St.) is at Long Wharf, steps from the New England Aquarium and other Downtown attractions. Stop in for a bowl of its famous clam chowder—just the thing to take the chill off a cool fall day. You can also pop into the Aquarium's food court for a variety of snacks and drinks.
Did You Know?
The Boston Tea Party occurred on Atlantic Avenue near Congress Street. The area was once a wharf—further evidence of Boston's relentless expansion into the harbor. There isn't much to see here now; look for the historical marker commemorating the event on the corner of Congress and Purchase streets. Head down Congress Street for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to learn more.
Top Reasons to Go
- Walk like a penguin and watch the seals play at the New England Aquarium.
- Set the kids free in the two-story climbing maze at the Children's Museum.
- Explore the stores of Downtown Crossing, an outdoor pedestrian mall.
- Pretend to be a colonist and throw tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
Freedom Trail Sights
- Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School
- First Public School Site
- King's Chapel and Burying Ground
- Old Corner Bookstore Site
- Old South Meeting House
- Park Street Church
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