Location, Transportation, and Lodging

 

History Camp Boston 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 for the special events the weekend prior that are being held to mark the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. 

Mass transit

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website and the MBTA Trip Planner. have helpful information about using the subway (the “T”) and commuter rail, though Google Maps may be the simplest overall since it includes information on all transportation options.

Commuter rail: It’s about a 10 minute walk to Suffolk from South Station and a 15 minute walk from North Station.

Outlying subway stations: To avoid driving in the city, head to one of the outlying subway stations where you can park ($7/day) and take the subway in. The station locations: Blue Line – Wonderland, Green Line – Riverside, Red Line – Alewife or Braintree. The stop closest to Suffolk Law School is Park Street on the Green and Red lines. From there, it’s a two minute walk.

Alternatively, 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.

Parking

If you are driving in, and on a Saturday morning, there’s not much traffic, we recommend two garages:

  • The garage for One Beacon Streeth. The garage entrance is at 32 Tremont Street. $12 for the day.  Open 24 hours. For additional information, view their site or call them at (617) 646-7237.
  • The Garage at Post Office Square.  The garage entrance is at 55 Pearl Street and 130 Congress Street. $9 for the day.  Open 24 hours. For additonal information, view their site or call them at (617) 646-1430

These are both close and modern. See maps and photos below.

The garage for the One Beacon Street building

Map showing garage entrance at 32 Beacon Street

Entrance to garage at 32 Tremont Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garage at Post Office Square

Other nearby garages

See above for our recommended 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 directlyInside, 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.

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.

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.

 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

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

We have a block of rooms available at $209 per night at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  From the hotel, it’s a 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive to Suffolk. To receive the discounted rate, use this link to make your reservation.  Deadline for the discount, which is based on availability, is February 21, 2020.

The Parker House is just steps from Suffolk Law School where History Camp takes place. It is legendary, and can be expensive.

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. See more Transit information above.

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 have a special event Saturday night. In addition, some local organizations may have special tours, events, or discounts for History Camp attendees on Sunday.