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Boston Common Visitor Information Center by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center are prime sources.



Boston National Historical Park

Much of Boston's historic downtown area is now part of the Boston National Historical Park, and so the National Parks Service maintains this website and a Visitor Center in historic Faneuil Hall (the old Visitor Center was at 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, tel 617-242-5642), open all year 9 am to 5 pm.

Free guided Freedom Trail tours are available in the spring and summer. You'll see park rangers here and there at historic spots, ready to help with directions or information.

Boston Common Visitor Information Center

On Boston Common (Green Line or Red Line to Park Street Station), at 147 Tremont Street, Boston 02116 (map) (tel 617-536-4100, or toll-free 888-SEE-BOSTON [888-733-2678]), at the intersection of Tremont and Winter Streets just a few steps from the MBTA Park Street station.

It's open year round from 8:30 am to 5 pm (Sunday 10 am to 6 pm).

Come here to get maps and booklets describing the Freedom Trail and other visitor information.

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
The premier website for Boston-area tourism businesses.

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
The official Massachusetts state organization for promoting tourism.


The best calendar of current happenings for free is Where magazine, available at visitors' information desks and in hotel lobbies. It's a complete listing of the best plays, sports events, concerts, special exhibits, and programs.

The Boston Globe has a special Calendar supplement each Thursday, listing theater, concert, cinema, and lecture events as well as many other activities, with locations, prices and telephone numbers.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Boston Common Visitor Center, Boston MA

The Visitor Information Center on Boston Common (map). The red line on the pavement marks the beginning of the Freedom Trail.


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