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Boston FAQs

Ask one of our Concierges about the top 10 things to do in Boston, and discover the wealth of activities for visitors of all ages and interests.

Those visiting Boston often begin by taking an Old-Town Trolley Tour. This hop-on-hop-off bus tour travels throughout our storied city, offering guests the opportunity to stop in Beacon Hill, at Fenway Park, at Harvard University, along the Seaport or elsewhere in our city. It’s a great way to take in the scope of our city, while exploring as much as you wish.

If you’re taking the train to Boston, note that Amtrak has three Boston stops. The Back Bay Station is just half-a-dozen blocks from our hotel.  

Boston transportation is visitor-friendly. Buses, streetcars, water ferries and the subway, known as the T, make it easy, quick and affordable to visit various parts of the city. Buses and the subway are steps from the front door of the Boston Park Plaza. For information on tickets, visit our Concierge in the lobby.

Boston is a city of firsts. Did you know:

  • The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716.
  • Boston Common, which dates to 1634, is the oldest public park in the country.
  • The first chocolate factory in the US was built in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
  • The first subway in the US was built in Boston.
  • The United States’ first public beach was Revere Beach in Boston.
  • Boston was home to the first library on the North American continent, built in 1657.
  • The Boston Cream Pie dessert was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston. It is now the official dessert of the State.
  • Boston is the home of America's first university. Founded as New College in 1636, the institution's name was changed to Harvard College in 1639, and didn't become a full university until 1841.
  • Over a third of Boston’s population are college students.
  • Boston is home to more than 100 colleges and universities.
  • A golden pinecone sits on top of the gold dome at the State House.
  • The State dog is the Boston Terrier.