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Greater Boston

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For other places with the same name, see Boston (disambiguation).

Greater Boston is a region in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America. It is the most populated region in New England, home to several million people.


Boston neighborhoods and Inner suburbs[edit]

  • Allston-Brighton - student friendly communities located just west of Boston proper
  • Arlington
  • Boston Proper - the urban hub of Greater Boston
  • Belmont
  • Braintree
  • Brookline - a suburb tucked inside the city, ranging from urban bustle to peaceful streets
  • Cambridge - functionally integrated with Boston; home to Harvard and MIT
  • Charlestown - a “townie” neighborhood located east of Cambridge and just north of downtown Boston
  • Canton
  • Chelsea - working class city across the Mystic River from Boston
  • Dedham - lower middle class suburb
  • Dorchester - a working class community south of Boston proper, home to UMass Boston
  • East Boston - home to Logan Airport
  • Everett - working class city much like Chelsea
  • Hull
  • Lexington - historic town, site of the first battle of the American Revolution
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Medford - home to Tufts University.
  • Melrose
  • Milton - home to Milton Academy and former home of George H. W. Bush
  • Newton - upscale suburb west of Boston, with ample public transit options.
  • Needham - middle class residential suburb
  • Quincy - "City of Presidents", home to the Adams family
  • Revere
  • Roxbury
  • Saugus
  • Somerville - Working Class city with a vibrant community of Blue Collar workers, immigrants, students and artists.
  • South Boston - A gentrifying area located directly southeast of downtown Boston.
  • Stoneham - a good zoo and some nice countryside here.
  • Wakefield
  • Waltham - center of the Route 128 (now I-95) technology corridor, and home to Brandeis University and Bentley College
  • Watertown - home to an Armenian immigrant community
  • Wellesley - wealthy suburb, home to Wellesley and Babson Colleges
  • Weymouth
  • Winchester - a wealthy suburb north of Boston
  • Winthrop
  • Woburn

Outer suburbs[edit]

Boston’s outer suburbs can be divided into a variety of regions, some of which overlap with the inner suburbs:

  • MetroWest, including Framingham, Natick and other communities along I-90. Home to plenty of shopping areas.
  • Merrimack Valley, including Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill. Rich in history and ethnically diverse.
  • North Shore, including Lynn, Gloucester and other coastal communities in Essex County. Home to plenty of beaches, thick Boston accents and world-class restaurants.
  • South Shore, including Plymouth, the first European settled place in New England, and other communities south and southeast of Boston.
  • Bristol-Norfolk — interior southern and southwestern suburbs, including Foxborough (home of Gillette Stadium) and Mansfield (home of the Xfinity Cener, one of the top venues for popular music artists in Greater Boston).

Other destinations[edit]


  • Over three million people live in the cities and towns immediately surrounding Boston, or "Greater Boston".
  • Greater Boston is home to more than 110 institutions of higher education, including Harvard University in Cambridge, the nation's oldest.
  • Greater Boston has some of the oldest and most visited historic sites in the country.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Logan is by far the most convenient airport if your destination is in the urban core, with direct subway connections to downtown, Back Bay and Revere, and indirect connections to all of Greater Boston. But if you are interested in saving a few bucks, check flights at the other nearby airports. They are also smaller and despite a longer ground trip can feel like less of a hassle. This is New England, so even the airports in neighboring states are within an 80 minute drive.

  • Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, [15].
    • Airporter, Phone: +1 781-899-6161, toll free: +1 877-899-6161, [email protected], [16]. Between Logan and the suburbs, door to door.
  • T. F. Green Airport (PVD); Providence, Rhode Island; [17]. MBTA Commuter Rail (limited service) and bus connections to Boston.
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; Manchester, New Hampshire; [18]. Bus connections to Boston.

As of 2012, there is no scheduled passenger aircraft service to Worcester Regional Airport[19] or Hanscom Field [20], though charter services are available. Worcester previously hosted Direct Air flights, and may see common carrier service in future.

Ground transport[edit]

  • Mass Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), [22]. Commuter rail service to Worcester, Providence, RI and most of the Boston suburbs. Bus and subway service throughout Boston and bordering cities.
  • Masspike The Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90, begins in the western part of the state at the border with New York and travels all the way to Logan National Airport. It’s an easy route from the New York Thruway or from Connecticut, by traveling through or around either Springfield or Worcester.

Get around[edit]

By bike[edit]

For local trips, the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline participate in the Hubway system, which is active during spring, summer, and fall. There are computerized stations scattered around the urban core which are available for public rental and can be returned at any station in the system. Membership is $5 for 24 hours, $12 for 3 days, or $85 for one year. After that, any ride of 30 minutes or less is free, with longer rides incurring additional fees. All stations are within about an hour's ride of any other station. [23]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Museum of Science, Science Park, 617-723-2500, [1]. Daily 9AM-5PM (Summer until 7PM). $21 (adult).  edit
  • Holocaust Memorial, 126 High Street, [2]. Free.  edit
  • Boston Public Garden, 9 Arlington Street, [3]. Free.  edit
  • New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, [4]. Adult - $19.95; Child (3-11) - $11.95.  edit
  • Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, [5]. $20-$125.  edit
  • The Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199, [6]. This place has it all, shopping food and sites. Located in the heart of the City, within walking distance from the T station you can enjoy the beauty of this miraculous building. At the very top of this building is a view and a restaurant that is worth the flight of stairs or elevator ride. Even just to window shop this place is a must see for anyone traveling in or just through the city.  edit
  • Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. Boston Ma, 617-536-5400. This is the very first library in the United States to be opened to the public for borrowing books and other materials. The library is home to over 8 million books and is considered one of the largest libraries in the nation. Anyone who is an avid reader or loves some good history would appreciate this wonderful place. The library still holds true to most of its original structure and has beautiful marble staircases. There is also a great courtyard for outdoor reading and there are staff available for tours or questions.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Boston Duck Tour, 100 Huntington Avenue, [7]. Adult - $29.95; Child (3-11) - $20.00.  edit
  • Freedom Trail, [8]. Free.  edit
  • Boston Childrens Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210, (617) 426-6500 ‎, [9]. Wonderful for kids and people who are kids at heart! So Many exhibits, and fun activities. A must do is the bubble room where you can put you or your child into a huge bubble!  edit
  • Frog Pond, Boston Common, [10]. Boston Common a beautiful park, in the summer or the winter. During the winter Frog Pond is iced over and is a wonderful place to learn to skate, or just have fun. In the hot days of summer Frog Pond is a fun wading pool to cool off or just dip your feet in.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Top of the Hub, 800 Boylston Street #52, [11]. $$$$.  edit
  • SPIKES JUNKYARD DOGS, 1076 Boylston St. Boston, MA, (617) 266-0909, [12]. . This is a New England tradition, eating a spikes junkyard hot dog at least once in your life. There are many locations throughout New England, and the recommended hot dog is the “Sinatra dog” in honor of frank you can have it your way, with any toppings you want. The toppings range anywhere from standard mustard and ketchup to bacon and chives.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Gypsy Bar, 116 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4606, (617) 482-7799 ‎, [13]. This is a hot spot for drinks and dancing located in the theatre district. It’s a must do for those over 21 and it’s just an all around good time. There is a cover charge or usually 10$ but it is well worth it! Music is great and the scene is something to just take in.  edit
  • The Liqour Store, 120 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116-4611, (617) 357-6800, [14]. This is a popular spot for Bachlorette parties and anyone is up for a having a good time. Located in the theatre district this is more than just drinks. The bar is a fun house for partygoers, with a bull to ride and a dance floor that takes up the whole place. Drinks are pricey but it is worth every penny and there are plenty of nearby hotels to make reservations at to make an event out of the night.  edit
  • Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania Street Jamaica Plain neighborhood Boston, MA 02130, 617 368 5080. Sam Adams Brewery is a great place to eat drink and see a little bit about beer making. Tours are given every day and you can sit and enjoy good food and good beer. This place is for beer lovers and those who just love to try new things. Samuel Adams beer has a flavor for everybody and you can buy their beer anywhere but it’s much more fun to see where it’s made and how they do it.  edit

Get out[edit]

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