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Visiting Boston

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With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone.

Virtual Boston

There are many temporary COVID-19 related closings, but you can still explore your favorite Boston area attractions. Check out this growing list of online resources, from museums, galleries, arts organizations, performance venues, and more:

Virtual Guide to Boston

COVID-19 update

Visitors to the City of Boston should monitor the City's coronavirus (COVID-19) page for the latest information regarding COVID-19. Visitors to the City of Boston should also review the City's reopening website. Please keep these tips in mind if you plan to visit the City.

  • Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders issued by Governor Baker.
  • Some tourist attractions may be closed due to COVID-19. We encourage you to reach out to specific sites to learn about how they are handling the situation. Many sites are offering virtual experiences. Any museum, tour, or cultural and historical facility that reopens is subject to the Commonwealth's Phase 3, Step 1 sector-specific guidance as well as the City of Boston's sector-specific guidance.
  • On July 2, Governor Baker updated guidance for operators of lodging, which includes hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfast accommodations, and all other short-term residential rentals, including those arranged through online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.
  • On July 2, Governor Baker updated an order pertaining to limits on gathering sizes in the Commonwealth for Phase 3, Step 1. On July 10, the City of Boston issued additional guidance for indoor and events. In the City of Boston, the maximum allowable gathering size for an indoor event is 25 people and the maximum allowable gathering size for an outdoor event is 50 people. The City of Boston will consider outdoor events for 50-100 people on a case-by-case basis.
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Public restroom maps

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Uncovering Boston's history

It’s no secret Boston is rich with history. From the American Revolution to the site of the very first public school, it’s a city with stories to tell.

Learn more about Boston's history

Planning your trip

Keep these dates and events in mind as they are usually busy times in Boston.