Government Center

Government Center, Boston: Tickets, Tours, Address, Government Center Reviews: 3/5

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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,524 contributions
Downtown Center
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, MA1,020 contributions
Government Center
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's Travel Channel
Staines, UK4,450 contributions
Normal place to go
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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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,202 contributions
Unclear of landmark status
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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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,362 contributions
Normal Building
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
Government Center: More than a standard office building location.
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
Just a cut-through
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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MatthewASharp
Torquay, UK1,878 contributions
Only if you're into Metro systems
Oct 2016
Government Center is an MBTA subway station located at the intersection of Tremont, Court and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center area of Boston. It is a transfer point between the light rail Green Line and the rapid transit Blue Line. With the Green Line platform having opened in 1898, the station is the third-oldest operating subway station (and the second-oldest of the quartet of "hub stations") in the MBTA system; only Park Street and Boylston are older. The station previously served Scollay Square before its demolition for the creation of Boston City Hall Plaza.

Plus there's the typical Starbucks!!
Written February 3, 2017
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j0ann953
Castleton, VT31 contributions
December evening
Dec 2016
We stumbled on this by chance. We decided to take a walk in the early evening just to see if it was decorated. We found a whole group of little buildings selling various items, an ice skating rink, and places to get in out of the cold. Completely enjoyed our time there.
Written December 15, 2016
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Patricia G
Cambridge, MA47 contributions
Did the architect have a mental lapse or a brain freeze?
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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