Government Center
Government Center
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The area
Neighborhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Government Center • 2 min walk
  • Haymarket • 3 min walk

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David-Kevin B
Washington DC, DC404 contributions
Oct 2021
Municipal architecture and buildings rarely attract positive attention.  Characterized by lackluster lines and void of architectural bravado, most institutions of local government do not appear on must-see lists when visiting places for the first time―Montréal and Philadelphia being notable exceptions.

Having said that, make the effort and jump on Boston's metro system, aka The T, and via her Green Line, stop at Government Center.  The local government building is imposing and stark.  More importantly, the location is undergoing massive renovations and serves as the gateway to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Written February 9, 2022
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,207 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Unclear of landmark status. Normally Tripadvisor places have status or character. Perhaps it is a fine example of what not to do or how not to create a public space.
Written October 20, 2017
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Patricia G
Cambridge, MA48 contributions
Jul 2016 • Business
After two years of construction, the new Government Center station opened this Spring. It is very impressive and efficient but very antiseptic in appearance. The glass walls on the street level are a nice touch and give a feeling of open space. But.....would you believe that in this busy station where thousands travel through daily, there is only ONE RESTROOM which is locked and hidden from sight. What must the many visitors to our capitol city think? It took a bit of sleuthing but I finally located THE RESTROOM on the main level behind the information booth which was not occupied. There is a small sign which says restroom and another sign M/F. The door was locked & the person inside said they would be right out. It was an MBTA employee who emerged & told me indeed that was the only restroom and you needed a key. Since he worked for the T, he had a key and opened the door for me. I can't believe with all the planning that went into the new station that no one realized the need for restroom for the commuters! Shame! Shame!
Written July 6, 2016
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Jake C
Boston, MA36 contributions
Feb 2016 • Business
This garage has a great location in downtown Boston. It is close to the Boston Garden, Faneuil Hall and the local business offices. I recently became a monthly parker and had to pay for three months in in advance $1,125. The attendant in the office was not very cordial and I hope I don't have to deal with him again. The garage always appears to be under construction and large areas of the garage are taken out of service. However, it never looks like anything is ever improved. The garage is dirty, the stairwells smell like urine, the spaces are small and your car will most assuredly get many dings and scratches. It's great if you like exercise because they usually only have one elevator out of four working and you can wait several minutes. I will say that they have the lowest monthly rate in the area, but it is also the worse garage I have ever used in Boston.
Written February 10, 2016
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,727 contributions
Jan 2020
I've been to this downtown area many times. It is very busy and crowded, don't try to drive here. Not especially pretty, but very functional and home to many workers. Served by the T.
Written June 4, 2020
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kappy26
Boston, MA1,100 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
A main area in Boston where city hall is and a connection to many areas of Boston. It also has a great new subway station ,modern with a great light show at night. The blue green and red lights signify the color of the 3 lines in Boston
Written March 11, 2019
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Eddie Traub
Staines, UK4,870 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
I passed though here today the buildings are alright there are a few places to hang out but nothing more
Written January 28, 2018
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,673 contributions
Jul 2017 • Business
I didn't really see a reason that anyone would go here to see the building other than the reason that I was there and that was that the subway lets out there. Nothing really to see.
Written July 28, 2017
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Timothy T
Wausau, WI47 contributions
Jun 2017
Government Center is an excellent location to sight-see and grab a great cup of coffee at Starbucks nearby. The location has frequent acitivities for the public and well-known as an excellent concert venue and professional sports rally point. Especially for the New England Patriots after there recent Superbowl and AFC Championships. During summer months great concert events also take place there. I have visited this location and recall my memories of the Fourth of July in 1976 at the 200th anniversary celebration. I sat on the steps of the Government Center and watched an amazing laser light show and fireworks over the Fanuel Hall Marketplace area.
Written July 10, 2017
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AlnAbroad
Baton Rouge, LA696 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
If you're walking around Boston, Government Center can be a way to cut through and make a shortcut on your route. Generally, I am all for open public space, but it would be nicer with a bit of green. As it stands, it's just a giant concrete monstrosity. The amount of time it takes to walk through is more than enough time to take in the sights.
Written May 8, 2017
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