The Financial District, as the name suggests, is home to a number of banks, brokerages, and law firms. The core of the district has few tourist attractions, and becomes very quiet after business hours. However, the New England Aquarium is at the eastern edge of the neighborhood, and the Downtown Crossing shopping plaza is at its western edge, near downtown.
The neighborhood is served by Downtown Crossing (Red and Orange Lines), South Station (Red Line), and Aquarium (Blue Line) stations.
The Financial District is accessible via I-93 exit 20 (northbound) or exit 23 (southbound).
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf (T: Aquarium), +1 617-973-5200 . M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. Home of what was until recently the world's largest fish tank, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Great fun for kids of all ages. Whale watching tours available, too. Adults $20.95, Students $18.95, Senior 60+ $18.95, Ages 3-11 $12.95.
Downtown Crossing is a major outdoor shopping area with many department stores and storefronts along Washington Street. The area is a pedestrian mall for several blocks.
Filene's Basement, long known for its automatic markdowns and its (in)famous "Running of the Brides" wedding dress sale, closed in 2007. Due to the economic crisis, it is not known when (and if) it will reopen.
Sakurabana - an excellent sushi restaurant, 55 Broad St. Sakurabana
Rock Sugar - Thai food at reasonable prices, 38 Batterymarch Street
Bakey's - Classic American food, 45 Broad Street
FlatBlack Coffee Company - An excellent local coffee shop, 50 Broad Street FlatBlack
Boston Hilton Financial District, 617-556-0006 . 4-star hotel in the center of the Financial District.
Boston Furnished Apartments, 617-357-6900, Boston Furnished Apartments is a furnished apartment rental agency, offering an alternative to a hotel room. These rentals are private homes, condos or apartments located in residential buildings within the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End, South End, and Financial District neighborhoods. There are monthly, weekly and nightly rentals available. The homes range in size from smaller studios to one or two bedroom apartments, and all have fully equipped kitchens and private bathrooms. This is a unique way to experience the city like a Bostonian, in a brownstone home. Rental paperwork is required and most credit cards are accepted.
The Downtown Crossing area is not safe to be in late at night after the shops close.