History Camp Boston 2018 will be held at Suffolk University Law School’s Sargent Hall, located at 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108 steps from Boston Common in downtown Boston.
Getting to History Camp
Sharing a ride
I set up this public spreadsheet if you’re looking for a ride or wish to offer one to folks who may be coming from the same general area as you.
It’s a short walk to commuter trains that come into South Station and North Station.
In addition to commuter rail, it’s very convenient to drive to the large parking lots located at MBTA stations at or near the end of the lines. It’s a quick ride from the parking lot station to Park Street/Government Center. The station locations: Blue Line – Wonderland, Green Line – Riverside, Red Line – Alewife or Braintree. The green and red lines go directly to Park Street station.
The Park Street MBTA subway station (Red and Green subway lines) is a two or three minute walk to Suffolk.
The blue line goes to Government Center which is a couple blocks from Suffolk. The Government Center station is on Cambridge St which turns into Tremont St.
For more info on using the Boston subway and train system, visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website or MBTA Trip Planner.
Sites and apps such as Spot Hero make it easy to find parking and sometimes provide a discount. Here are nearby garages and lots:
Center Plaza Garage
Entrances on Somerset and Tremont Streets
Charles River Garage
Entrance on Cambridge Street under the Charles River Shopping Plaza parking lot next to the Holiday Inn Hotel.
Pi Alley Garage
275 Washington Street
Government Center Garage
Entrances on New Sudbury and New Chardon Streets
Boston Common Garage
Entrance on Charles Street (between the parks)
On Saturday morning there should be plenty of parking and the Suffolk University building is easily accessible. There’s a weekend parking rate of $18 for the day, which may be discounted if you use SpotHero or reserve online directly.
Inside, you’ll find 1,300 parking spaces. The underground garage is well-lit, and gets fairly heavy usage day and night. It’s open 24 hours a day. Security personnel are usually a visible presence in the garage.
Five Tips for Parking in the Boston Common Garage
You enter the Boston Common Garage from Charles Street, which is 1-way going north between Boston Common and the Public Garden. The garage is easy to reach from Storrow Drive, I-93, and Mass Pike (I-90).
Once you park and lock your car, be sure to note the letter (A, B, C, D, etc) of the aisle where you parked and the level you parked on.
Walk up the stairs or take the elevator up to ground level and exit through a small kiosk. There are four kiosks in all, and they all look identical. Make a mental note of the location where you exit, so that you can find it when you leave.
Bring your ticket with you, as you may need to swipe it at the kiosk door in order get back in. (Boston Insider’s Tip: Sometimes late at night, all but one kiosk is locked – definitely disconcerting if you aren’t expecting it.) In the evening, pay before returning to your car. Payment machines are available in each kiosk.
Once above ground, head to Tremont St., toward the Park St. MBTA station (almost across the street from Suffolk University). Look for signage (underground or at the kiosks) that directs you to those locations. If there is no visible signage, look for the street from which you entered the garage. That is Charles Street. Turn your back to Charles St and walk across the Boston Common to Tremont St.
We’ve had several inquiries about lodging. Our group is too small to negotiate a a discounted rate at any of the hotels, so there is no “official” hotel.
The Parker House is just steps from Suffolk Law School where History Camp takes place. It is legendary, and can be expensive. However, there are hundreds of choices throughout the area, from hotels and Airbnbs in the city to less expensive lodging outside the city.
If you stay outside of Boston, since our event is on a Saturday, driving in or taking mass transit won’t be bad. You can also drive to one of the outer MBTA stations and take the “T” or Uber in.
Even if you’re not flying in or driving a long distance, you may wish to consider staying in or near Boston. History Camp takes place on Saturday and we’ll go out Saturday night. In addition, some local organizations will have special tours, events, or discounts for History Camp attendees on Sunday.
When you make your hotel and, for those flying in, flight reservations, consider staying at least through Sunday afternoon. And if you are planning on making a vacation of it, come a few days earlier for the Fourth of July festivities.