Location, Transportation, and Lodging

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

Flying

Boston’s Logan is closest; Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, and T. F. Green in Warwick, Rhode Island are both within about an hour’s drive.

When making your 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.

Sharing a ride

  • Pam in Woburn is looking to carpool and will drive to meet you.

If you’re looking to share a ride, contact the individuals above or send me a note and I’ll post your request.

Mass transit

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.

Parking

Recommended: The garage for the One Beacon Street building. The garage entrance is at 32 Tremont Street.  (See the photo below.)

This is the garage I used last year.  It’s close (see the map), safe, modern, inexpensive ($12), and open 24 hours.

For additional information, view their site or call them at (617) 646-7237.

Map showing garage entrance at 32 Beacon Street

Entrance to garage at 32 Tremont Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other nearby garages

Here are others in case that one isn’t available for some reason.  You might also download a parking app such as Spot Hero.

Center Plaza Garage

Entrances on Somerset and Tremont Streets
617-742-7807

Charles River Garage

Entrance on Cambridge Street under the Charles River Shopping Plaza parking lot next to the Holiday Inn Hotel.
617-742-2819

Pi Alley Garage

275 Washington Street
617-720-2006

Government Center Garage

Entrances on New Sudbury and New Chardon Streets
617-227-0385

Boston Common Garage

Entrance on Charles Street (between the parks)
617-954-2098

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.

Enter the Boston Common Garage from Charles Street, which is one-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.

Lodging

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.

There are hundreds of choices throughout the area, from hotels and Airbnbs in the city to less expensive lodging outside the city.

The Parker House is just steps from Suffolk Law School where History Camp takes place. It is legendary, and can be expensive, though I did find a good rate using Hotels.com when I looked in early May.

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.