Boston BOS: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Explore Boston, Massachusetts, USA; The Hub, as it is sometimes called, is a major cultural, transportation, and economic center of New England. It is also the place where many key events of America's Revolutionary history took place. Today, Boston and its neighboring city Cambridge as well as the region, abundantly offers a wide array of colleges, technology-related industries, and cultural institutions.

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This web helps you explore Boston, Massachusetts, USA; here, you'll find organized and annotated links to Web sites about Boston's current conditions, facts, activities, events, places, sports, civic life, media, education, commerce, and reference works. You can view and link to this information in a variety of ways, and your suggestions are welcome. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate and access this information

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Current

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  • Weather: Current weather observations and forecasts
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    • Radar: National Weather Service radar; shows short range base reflectivity radar image for Boston (weather code BOX)
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    • Forecast: National Weather Service forecast; Zone Forecast for Boston, Massachusetts; shows forecast for day and then five days ahead as well as current conditions at Logan International Airport, Boston
    • Satellite: Goestationary infrared image; satellite image for Eastern United States sector, infrared image; provided by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept of Commerce
    • Air Quality: AirBeat; Real-time air quality data in Roxbury; gives details on air quality in Roxbury (approximately 3 km southwest of Boston Common); Boston haze cam; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Bouys: USA Recent Marine Data; get readings from marine buoys about water and weather conditions through a clickable, graphical map of the Atlantic off the Northeast USA coast; provided by the National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept. of Commerce
    • Snow: (Seasonal) map of 7-day snowfall in the state; National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept. of Commerce
  • Cams: Live views of Boston; helpful for finding out about current weather and road conditions
    • Earthcam: Boston Cams; show views of Boston and its waterfront from various vantage points
    • Harbor: HaborCam from Sea Tow; shows view of the harbor as well as current wind direction and speed
  • News: News and reports about what's going on in Boston
    • Google News: Google news search for Boston; finds news and sports stories about Boston from a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Yahoo News: Yahoo news search for Boston; finds news and sports stories in a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Topix News: Topix news search for Boston; local news for Boston continually updated from thousands of sources on the web
    • Traffic: Boston Traffic Map; click on map to get information on traffic conditions on Boston major roads; links to traffic cameras; from SmarTraveler
    • Gas Prices; graphic image showing low and high gas prices; reported by users of BostonGasPrices.com Web site

Facts

Look up information about Boston such as maps, facts, and census information

  • Maps: Online mapping services; these allow you to zoom in and out and select specific features to view on the map
    • Map Quest: MapQuest's Boston map; integration with digitalcity.com city Internet guide
    • Yahoo: Yahoo's Boston map; integrated with Yahoo's Get Local city Internet guides
    • Future: FutureBoston; site to help people understand Boston's changing cultural geography; includes section on historical maps
    • -USA Maps-: More online mapping services; you can use this list of sites to get more maps of the area or specialized maps such as historical, topographic, or satellite imagery
  • Info: Look up basic facts about Boston from online reference works
    • Almanac: Information Please Almanac; entry for Boston; gives a page of basic facts about the city, including a general description and current facts
    • Answers: Answers.com reference search for Boston; shows reference information for Boston from various sources such as dictionary, encyclopedia, weather, and Wikipedia entry
    • Books: BOS Books; a page presenting books about the city of Boston
    • Encyclopedia: Information Please Encyclopedia; article about Boston giving a very brief overview of the city's economy, points of interest, history, and bibliography
  • Census: Information from the United States Bureau of the Census
    • Boston: Boston city; 2002 American Community Survey
    • Boston PMSA: Boston-New Hampshire Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area; 2002 American Community Survey
    • Boston CMSA: Boston--Worcester--Lawrence, MA--NH--ME--CT CMSA; table shows the population breakdown of the Boston--Worcester--Lawrence Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) which includes parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut
    • Suffolk: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Essex: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Middlesex: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Norfolk: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Plymouth: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography

Boston Living

Find out about things to do and places to see in Boston

Activities

Bostonians take part in many clubs and organizations; activities include interest groups, clubs, hobbies, community centers, organizations, and groups

  • AMC: Appalachian Mountain Club; conservation and recreation in Appalachian region; main Office in Joy Street, Boston
  • Animal Rescue: Animal Rescue League of Boston; dedicated to the rescue and relief of suffering or homeless animals and benevolent acts for the welfare of animals
  • Arts & Crafts: Society of Arts and Crafts; fostering the development, sales, recognition and education of crafts; founders inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Arts Ctr: Boston Center for the Arts; community arts center; theaters, art gallery, artists' studios, Boston Ballet Building
  • Blues: Boston Blues Society; promotes the blues scene
  • CMAC: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center; visual and performing arts programs
  • Chinatown Ctr: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; located in the heart of Boston's Asian American community; programs and community needs
  • French: Boston French Center; promote French culture and language
  • Habitat: Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston; Christian-based housing ministry seeking to alleviate the shortage of quality affordable housing in Boston's urban neighborhoods
  • Harbor: Boston Harbor Association; harbor advocacy group promoting a clean, alive, and accessible Boston Harbor
  • History: Bostonian Historical Society & Museum; library and museum collections dating from the 1630s; programs for adults and children
  • International: International Institute of Boston; helps immigrants and refugees in the United States by providing a range of comprehensive professional and cultural services
  • Irish: Irish Cultural Centre of New England; promote Irish culture, the arts, and sporting events
  • Legal Bar: Boston Bar Association; association of legal professionals
  • Natural Areas: Boston Natural Areas Network; works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space such as urban wilds, greenways and community gardens
  • Night Life: Boston Nightclub News; information on nightclubs, nightlife, and entertainment; dance bars, nightclubs, night spots, clubs, Irish pubs, bars, restaurants, 18 + plus Clubs, Under 21, after hours, and hotels
  • Polish: Polish American Congress of Eastern Massachusetts; works to unite people of Polish heritage in northeastern New England
  • Red Cross: American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay; provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
  • Singles: BOS Personals; find your match in Boston
  • Tango: Tango Society of Boston
  • Youth: Boston Youth Zone; activities and opportunities for kids and teens; City of Boston
  • -USA Directories-: Search organization directories; there are hundreds of thousands of organizations, associations, societies, and nonprofits in the US covering many interests; some of these are based in Boston; these directories help you locate an organization

Events

Boston is famous for its diverse events year-round

  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where
    • Upcoming: Collaborative event calendar; shows upcoming events of all kinds: concerts, lectures, trade shows, community events, etc. as submitted by registered users; can view by date, venue, tag, submit group, or popularity
    • Globe: Arts & Entertainment section from Boston Globe
    • Phoenix: Boston Phoenix Arts & Entertainment; listings of music, movies, theater, food & drink, books, dance, art, comedy, and events
    • City Calendar: City of Boston Calendar; shows civic and government as well as entertainment, arts, cultural events
    • Happenings: SearchBoston.com calendar of events
  • Performing: Boston is home to many performing arts and cultural groups
    • American Rep: American Repertory Theatre; resident at Harvard University's Loeb Drama Center
    • Ballet: Boston Ballet
    • Early Music: Early Music Boston
    • Emmanuel Music:
    • Lyric Opera: Boston Lyric Opera
    • New Rep: New Repertory Theatre; contemporary and classic repertoire; regional premieres and works by promising new playwrights
    • Opera: Opera Boston
    • Boston Pops: Summer music series; established in 1885 as "light music of the best class"
    • Philharmonic: Boston Philharmonic
    • Revels: Celebration performances; seasonal, year-round costumed performances with music, dance, drama, and ritual; noted winter solstice ritual
    • Symphony: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras; Symphony Hall in Boston; Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.
  • Periodic: Boston has many annual or one-day special events, ongoing summer concert series, and recurring trade shows
    • Anime: Convention; Japanese animation
    • Arts: Boston Arts events
    • Blues Fest: Boston Blues Festival; Boston Blues Week
    • Boat Fest: Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival; Classic sailboats, powerboats, hand-powered craft on display; nautical market, entertainment and a Grand Parade of Boats
    • Book Fair: Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair; rare, collectible and antiquarian books, modern first editions, maps and autographs
    • Cyberarts: Boston Cyberarts Festival; international biennial festival of art and technology in all media; visual and performing arts, computers in traditional artistic disciplines, interactive worlds
    • Early Music: Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition; concerts by leading early music artists, rare instrument exhibitions, lectures, master classes, and concurrent performance events
    • Festival Noir: Art show; fine art, Afrocentric art-to-wear, leather, hand crafted dolls, handmade jewelry, Kwanzaa gifts, Christmas decorations, resin figurines, children's clothing, rare and contemporary books, stationery products, hand crafted accessories
    • Fine Art Show: Boston International Fine Art Show; fine art fair
    • First Night: New Year's celebration; also Summer Beat series and Neighborhood Network, a community-based outreach program
    • Fisherman's Feast: Italian Festival; in honor of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca
    • Flower Show: New England Flower Show; annual celebration of flowers indoor arena
    • Folk Fest: Boston Folk Festival; music, dance, boat cruises with sea shanties, children's activities, food, and crafts
    • Fourth July: Bston's Fourth of July Celebration; fireworks on Charles River
    • Harbor Fest: Boston Harborfest; independence day celebration
    • Hatch Shell: Hatch Shell outdoor stage; Esplanade on Charles River; outdoor concerts, movies; Earth Day concert in April; Fourth of July Boston Pops show
    • Lowell Music: Lowell Summer Music Series
    • Marathon: Boston Marathon
    • St Patrick: St Patrick's Day Parade; informational links
    • Scooper Bowl: Ice cream festival; benefits cancer research
    • Spinazzola Gala: Anthony Spinazzola Foundation Friends of Spinazzola Grand Benefit Dinner; showcase of cuisine; raises money for Spinazzola foundation work for hunger-relief agencies, programs for the homeless, and culinary scholarships
    • Walk for Hunger: Walk for Hunger; Project Bread
    • Wine Fest: Boston Wine Festival

Places

Boston has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites

  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Neighborhoods, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers; to locate a specific organization or type of organization not listed here, try yellow pages or keyword search tools
    • Arboretum: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; collection of living woody plants from around the world that are hardy in the Boston area
    • Art Galleries: Boston Art Dealers Association; list of art galleries
    • Aquarium: New England Aquarium; presents aquatic life and habitats, conservation; exhibits include Caribbean Coral Reef Exhibit, a 757 cubic meter tank with sharks, sea turtles, barracuda, moray, and exotic tropical fish
    • African Am NHS: Boston African American National Historic Site; 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African-American community; African Meeting House, Black Heritage Trail; in Beacon Hill; National Park Service
    • Boston Harbor Islands: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area; 34 islands in Boston Harbor; unit of the National Park System
    • Boston NHP: Boston National Historical Park; collection of sites important in America's history; Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution warship; Freedom Trail connects sites; National Park Service
    • Buildings: Architecture of Boston; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
    • Cambridge: city across the Charles River from Boston; home of area institutions including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; bills itself as "Boston's Left Bank" because of its cafes, bookstores, and boutiques
    • Christian Sci Ctr: World headquarters of the Christian Science Church
    • Downtown Crossing: Shopping, residential, work area
    • Emerald Necklace: Boston's Emerald Necklace linear park system; a 9.6 km linear system of parks in Boston and Brookline extending from Franklin Park to Back Bay
    • Farmer's Mkts: List of farmer's markets in Boston area
    • Freedom Trail: Freedom Trail Foundation; a 4 km red brick line linking historic sites between Boston Common and The Bunker Hill Monument; sites: Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church and Granary Burying Ground, Kings Chapel and Chapel Burying Ground, First Public School Site and Ben Franklin Statue, Former site of the Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard, and Bunker Hill Monument
    • HarborWalk: 75-kilometer public walkway along the waterfront; parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, exhibit areas, interpretive signage, water transportation facilities, and other amenities; Boston Harbor Association
    • Harvard Square: Cambridge; restaurants, retailers, museums, entertainment venues, bookstores, architectural landmarks, and street performances
    • Historic: National Register of Historic Places; Historic Districts within Suffolk County; note that Suffolk County itself is historic as it no longer has any central government functions
    • Innovation Odyssey: Tour of sites involved in 400 years of Boston innovation; in biotechnology, education, finance, health care, and information technology
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library Athenæum: member library and cultural center
    • Library JFK: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library; and museum; Columbia Point
    • Library Public: Boston Public Library; established in 1848, the first publicly-supported municipal library in America
    • Library French: Boston French Center; The French Library and Cultural Center; The Alliance Française of Boston & Cambridge; promotes French culture and language; French library; classes, video and film resources; cultural events
    • Library Transport: State Transportation Library
    • Literary Trail: trail of literary heritage; sites related to authors and poets in Boston, Cambridge, and Concord
    • Maritime Trail: Tour of sites significant to Boston's maritime history
    • Massachusetts: Travel and Tourism across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Metro cities & towns: Boston metropolitan area; clickable map provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council; detailed description of over 100 cities and towns constituting the Boston metropolitan area
    • Newbury St: Newbury Street; shopping, restaurants, outdoor cafes, art galleries, and salons
    • Old N Church: Christ Church in the City of Boston; an active Episcopal church; played role in American Revolutionary War on April 18, 1775 when two lanterns in its steeple signaled Paul Revere
    • Old S Meeting House: Old South Meeting House; site of events significant to the American Revolution; built in 1729; National Historic Landmark
    • Olmsted NHS: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site; Olmsted (1822-1903) was an American landscape architect and designed many public parks; this site is Fairsted, his design office; Brookline
    • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
    • Parks, City: City of Boston Parks Department
    • Parks, Metro: Metropolitan District Commission oversees Metropolitan Park System; more than 8,000 hectares of woodlands, wetlands, and urban parklands in 34 cities and towns in metropolitan Boston; includes Charles River Esplanade and the Blue Hills Reservation, sites and museums, bandstands, paths, pools, beaches, rinks, islands, parkways; agency also manages watershed and reservoir system; state government agency
    • Prudential Ctr Shops: Downtown shopping mall; Skywalk Observatory on top of Prudential Ctr; food court
    • Quincy Mkt: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market; adjacent to historic Faneuil Hall are the shops of Quincy Market and North and South Market; popular with many visitors and some residents
    • Skyscrapers: Skyscrapers of Boston; shows information about Boston's office and other buildings
    • State House: Massachusetts State House Tours; state capitol building
    • Trinity: Trinity Church; notable architectural landmark by H. H. Richardson in a dramatic setting in Copley Square; National Historic Landmark
    • Visitors: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Women's Heritage: Boston Women’s Heritage Trail; self-guided walks about women's role in Boston history
    • Zoo NE: Zoo New England; operates the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts; Franklin park Zoo is 29 hectares in Boston's Franklin Park and includes a farm, savannah, and tropical forest
  • Neighborhoods: Areas of town with a distinct identity or official status as a business improvement district (BID), neighborhood association, or other designation; this section includes link lists that will connect you to the Web sites of the many neighborhood associations
    • City List: City of Boston list of neighborhoods; links to individual neighborhood association Web site where available
    • Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
    • Alliance: Alliance of Boston Neighborhoods; federation of resident-based civic organizations in Boston; works for public process in planning, zoning, development, licensing, and transportation; site includes links to member neighborhood organizations
    • IDist: Innovation District; along South Boston's waterfront; live, play, and work in an environment
    • NN News: Neighborhood Network News; Web site for tv show on the local community access cable television channel covering Boston neighborhoods
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • BA Pavilion: Bank of America Pavilion; open-air amphitheater on Boston Harbor; formerly called FleetBoston Pavilion
    • Berklee Ctr: Berklee Performance Center at Berklee College of Music; performing arts center
    • Citi Ctr: Citi Performing Arts Center; community arts center downtown; Wang Theatre seats 3,700, Shubert Theatre seats 1,600; formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts
    • Fenway Park: Baseball stadium; opened in 1912, 33,000+ seats; home of the Boston Red Sox
    • Gillette Stadium: 68,000 seat sports stadium in Foxborough; home of New England Patriots National Football League team and New England Revolution Major League Soccer team; in Foxborough, approximately 30 km southwest of Boston
    • Hatch Shell: Hatch Shell outdoor stage; Esplanade on Charles River; outdoor concerts, movies; Earth Day concert in April; Fourth of July Boston Pops show
    • Jordan Hall/NEC: Jordan Hall and the New England Conservatory of Music; Jordan hall has 1,013 seats and opened in 1903 and is a National Historic Landmark; other halls also at the conservatory
    • Loeb Drama Ctr: Harvard; headquarters of the American Repertory Theatre
    • MCCA: Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; owns and oversees the operation of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Garage
    • Memorial Hall: Harvard's Memorial Hall and Lowell Hall Complex; information on Memorial Hall, including Sanders Theatre and Annenberg Hall
    • Symphony Hall: Historic performing arts hall; home of Boston Symphony Orchestra
    • TD Garden: Arena; sports and entertainment arena; hosts NHL's Boston Bruins and NBA's Boston Celtics, concerts, sporting events, family shows, wrestling, and ice shows; formerly called the YourGarden, TD Banknorth Garden, FleetCenter, Boston Garden, Shawmut Center, and other names; aka The Garden, The Boston Garden
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in Boston
    • BeanTown: Boston Apartment Rentals; apartments for rent in the greater Boston area
    • Boston City Properties: real estate brokerage; located in the heart of Copley Square in Downtown Boston; search Boston apartments, condos, & real estate in the metropolitan area; listings include addresses, photos, and virtual tours
    • First Boston: apartments, condos, and commercial; Boston luxury apartment ,luxury residential sales, rentals, property management and high-end commercial development in the Boston area
    • Housing Authority: Boston Housing Authority; public housing; rental assistance
    • Just Property: condominiums, homes and buildings for sale in the greater Boston area
    • myCityApartment: urban apartment, condo and townhouse rentals; create and schedule showings by adding apartments and finalizing your tour; speak directly with an agent
    • No Fee: Boston Realty Partners; apartment information
    • On Market Boston: Boston Apartments; search an up-to-date, comprehensive inventory of available apartments in the Boston metro region
    • Perfect Units: rentals for Boston apartments; Boston area rental site that helps college students and renters find the best apartments and rentals for their situation
    • Rentals: Boston real estate rentals; apartments for rent & properties for sale throughout Massachusetts
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Boston
    • Boston Chefs: Menus and food photos; search for restaurants; see information about chef, menu, and photos of food
    • Boston Mag: Boston Magazine restaurant reviews
    • Hidden: Boston's Hidden Restaurants; locally-known and little-known restaurants in Boston and the rest of New England
    • Matt's Menus: Boston-area menus and information
    • Mayor's Food Ct: Official city records; shows reports of incidents or problems at restaurants
    • Menupix: Restaurants with menus in Boston; browse restaurants by area, neighborhood, cuisine, delivery, etc.
    • Phantom: Phantom Gourmet; restaurant reviews from anonymous restaurant critic
    • Globe: Boston Globe Dining/Food section
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Afro Am Hist: Museum of Afro American History; presents the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New Englan
    • Anatomical: Warren Anatomical Museum; collection of anatomical and pathological specimens given by Dr. John Collins Warren (1778-1856)
    • Ancient Honorable: Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts; displays artifacts reflecting its mission to preserve historic and patriotic traditions; originally chartered in 1638 by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony for militia training; museum on the 4th Floor Faneuil Hall
    • Art Gardner: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; three floors of art galleries surrounding a garden courtyard; paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts
    • Art Harvard: Harvard University Art Museums; Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
    • Art ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art; new building opened in 2006 is cantilevered design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on South Boston waterfront
    • Art MFA: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; major art museum presenting art from millennia of human history; notable colonial New England, impressionist, and ancient Egyptian collections
    • Art McMullen: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; permanent collections include art from Europe, Asia, and the Americas
    • Art Point: Arts on the Point; collection of large-scale outdoor sculpture on 80 hectares at Harbor Point on the grounds of the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus
    • Children's: Children's Museum; interactive exhibits focusing on early childhood development the three themes: arts, culture, and science
    • Gibson House: Gibson House Museum; presents urban domestic life in Back Bay neighborhood in Victorian times (corresponding to the reign of Britian's Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1901); founded by Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr. (1874-1954); opened as a museum in 1957; National Historic Landmark
    • Commonwealth: Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum; presents the history of Massachusetts
    • Harvard: Harvard Museums portal page; presents an overview of and links to Harvard's many museums open to the public; includes art museums (Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, Sackler, Straus Center), natural history (Botanical, Mineralogical & Geological, Comparative Zoology), Arnold Arboretum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Semitic Museum, and Warren Anatomical Museum
    • History: Bostonian Historical Society & Museum; library and museum collections dating from the 1630s; programs for adults and children
    • Holocaust: New England Holocaust Memorial; built to foster memory of and reflection on the Holocaust in which millions of people were murdered by Nazis, collaborators, and supporters between 1933 and 1945; the United States didn't enter World War II until 1941
    • Longfellow: Longfellow National Historic Site; home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from 1837 to 1882; Cambridge; National Park Service
    • Longyear: life of Mary Baker Eddy; founder and leader of Christian Science
    • MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and holograms; Science and Technology Collection, Hart Nautical Collection, Holography Collection
    • Natural Hist: Harvard Museum of Natural History; public museum of Harvard University's three natural history institutions: the Botanical Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum; presents science and nature; affiliated with and connected to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
    • Nichols House: historic Beacon Hill townhouse; presents 19th and early 20th century Bostonian life
    • Revere House: Paul Revere Memorial Association; Paul Revere house, at 19 North Square, is the wooden home where Paul Revere lived on the night of his famous ride of April 18, 1775 and is Boston's oldest building; also Pierce/Hichborn House, early brick structure
    • Science: Museum of Science; works to stimulate interest and understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society; includes The Computer Museum, Hayden Planetarium
    • Historic: Historic New England; includes museums and historic sites
    • Sports: The Sports Museum; presents the sports heritage of New England through artifacts, multimedia, and art; Boston Garden Penalty Box, Boston Celtics Locker Exhibit
    • Tea Ship: Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum; commemorates the December 16, 1773 event in which American patriots dumped tea overboard from East India Company ships to protest taxation which the British Parliament had imposed on colonial tea
    • USS Constitution: USS Constitution Museum; dedicated to the heritage of the frigate USS Constitution, called "Old Ironsides," commissioned in 1798; museum is located adjacent to the USS Constitution itself in Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston

Sports

Boston is home to major-league basketball and baseball, pro hockey and soccer, and NCAA sports

  • Pro: Professional sports in Boston
    • Bruins: Boston Bruins National Hockey League team
    • Celtics: Boston Celtics National Basketball Association team
    • Patriots: New England Patriots National Football League team; play in
    • Red Sox: Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team; last won World Series in 1918
    • Revolution: New England Revolution Major League Soccer team
    • Cannons: Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse team
    • Storm: New England Storm Women's Professional Football League team; Medford
    • Warriors: Bay State Warriors Independent Women's Football League team
  • College: Area colleges with athletic activities
  • Community: Amateur, organized sports clubs, and special community sporting events
    • Mass Mutiny: National Women's Football Association team
    • Boating: Community Boating; public sailing program
    • Marathon: Boston Marathon
    • Head of Charles: Head of the Charles Regatta; crew competition on the Charles River
    • Outrigger Racing: Boston Outrigger Racing Association; the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe racing
    • Rugby Club: Boston Rugby Club
    • Ski & Sports: Boston Ski & Sports Club; sports leagues, travel, and social activities

Boston Civic

Boston's civic life

Government

Boston's government and representatives at all levels

  • Local: City and county government; note that Suffolk County doesn't have any central government functions
    • City: City of Boston; elected city government portal
    • Police: Boston Poice Department
    • Fire: Boston Fire Department
  • State: Commonwealth of Massachusetts access
    • Massachusetts: Commonwealth of Massachusetts government portal
    • Boston Info: List of Commonwealth Web sites of interest to the Boston area
  • Federal: The United State's government has a presence in Boston through elected representatives and some facilities
    • US Sen Cowan: United States Senator for MA
    • US Sen Warren: United States Senator for MA
    • US House MA: Massachusetts delegation; United States House of Representatives
    • FBI: Boston Division Federal Bureau of Investigation; serves northern Massachusetts; headquarters office in downtown Boston and four satellite offices
    • FEB: Boston Federal Executive Board; exchanges information between Washington and the local area; coordinates Federal programs
    • Fed: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I; serves federal emergency management needs
    • USCG: United States Coast Guard Group Boston
    • -USA Federal-: USA Federal Government links; links to major top-level Web sites related to the United States government; you can use these to locate federal services available in the area

Services

Support for human needs and infrastructure

  • Transport: Boston offers a variety of transit options; it is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country and is part of the transit-rich eastern seaboard corridor including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC
    • MBTA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; provides commuter rail, subway (the "T"), bus, and boat transit services
    • Massport: Massachusetts Port Authority; independent public authority overseeing Boston-area airports, seaport, and transportation infrastructure; including Logan International Airport (BOS), Port of Boston
    • Airport BOS: Logan International Airport (BOS)
    • MassCommute: Commuting information; from Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations; transit connections
    • Hubway: Bicycle sharing
    • Bicycling: Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition; promotes bicycling as a means of transportation
    • Walking: WalkBoston; promotes walking for transportation; advocates safe walking environments
    • Amtrak: Amtrak passenger train service; from Boston's South Station; train service to destinations around the region and USA
    • Greyhound: National, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from Boston to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
    • GotoBus: Bus reservation system; buses connecting many cities including Boston
    • Bus Junction: bus ticket search engine; gathers schedules and fares from bus carrier websites; covers Boston-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington
    • Bonanza: Bonanza Bus Lines; regular bus service in New England including Logan Airport, Boston, New York City, Providence, Cape Cod, Hartford, Springfield, and the Berkshires
    • Concord: Concord Coach Lines; Concord Trailways offers service from Maine and New Hampshire to Boston South Station and Logan Airport; Dartmouth Coach offers service from Hanover, Lebanon, and New London, New Hampshire to Boston South Station and Logan Airport
    • Fung Wah: Fung Wah Bus; service between New York and Boston
    • LimoLiner: NYC-Boston luxury bus; bus service with a focus on amenities, comfort, and productive travel time as well as avoiding delays from air or train travel; between the Hilton Boston Back Bay and the Hilton New York in Midtown Manhattan; stop in Framingham, MA (on request)
    • Peter Pan: Regional, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from Boston to northeast cities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and DC
    • Plymouth & Brockton: Bus service from Boston to the Cape; includes Boston, Logan, Braintree, Rockland, Hanover, Duxbury, Kingston, Plymouth, Sagamore, Barnstable, Hyannis, and Provincetown
    • Harbor Cruises: Boston Harbor Cruises; commuter service as well as tourism cruises
    • Water Taxi: City Water Taxi; boat transport among many stops along waterfront, including Logan Airport, World Trade Center, Museum Wharf, Fan Pier, Long Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Burroughs Wharf, North Station, Boston Boat Yard, FleetBoston Pavilion, and more
    • Car Free: Possible in Boston; with great walkability and extensive transit systems, you could easily live without a car in Boston
    • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
  • Facilities: Institutions, units, organizations, or systems that build, distribute, plan, or and keep area resources or infrastructure working
    • Public Works: Boston Public Works Department; maintains roadways, streets, bridges, street lighting; provides street snow removal, garbage collection, garbage disposal, and curbside recycling
    • MAPC: Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council; regional planning agency representing 101 cities and towns in the Boston metropolitan area
    • Water & Sewer: Boston Water and Sewer Commission; clogged Web site--hard to load
  • Human: Health and human services
    • Disability Info: Information for people with disabilities in New England
    • ElderInfo: Assists elders and families; provides a range of services that address age-related needs
    • PHC: Boston Public Health Commission; public health services
    • -USA Human-: National Health and Human services; you can use these directories to find doctors, hospitals, dentists, and other health and human services

Boston Media

Access information about and in many cases read (or listen to) Boston's media outlets

Periodicals

Boston's many publications offer Web sites with online content

Radio

Boston's radio dial sorted in alphabetical order by call letters; shows stations with Web sites; many of these radio stations offer live, streaming audio of their broadcast, so you can listen on the Internet anywhere in the world; please let me know your knowledge about updates to this list as radio stations change format, Web site addresses, and ownership often; unless otherwise noted, the station is in Boston, MA; HD = HD Radio programming

  • -AM-: Click here for the AM stations sorted by frequency
  • -FM-: Click here for the FM stations sorted by frequency
  • -HD-: Click here for the HD stations sorted by frequency
  • EBR: Micro micro-broadcasting EBRadio
  • WAAF: FM 107.3 Rock=HD1 HD2=Live Rock; Worcester
  • WAMG: AM 890 and AM 1400 Spanish; Dedham
  • WATD: FM 95.9 Adult Contemporary; Marshfield
  • WAVM: FM 91.7 Student media; Maynard High School, Maynard
  • WBMX: FM 104.1 Hot AC
  • WBNW: AM 1120 Finance; Concord
  • WBOQ: FM 104.9 Oldies; Gloucester
  • WBOS: FM 92.9 Rock=HD1 HD2=coffeehouse folk; Brookline
  • WBRS: FM 100.1 College; Brandeis University, Waltham
  • WBUR: FM 90.9 Public=HD1; Boston University
  • WBZ: AM 1030 News Talk=HD1
  • WCAP: AM 980 News Talk; Lowell
  • WCCM: AM 1110 News Talk; Salem, NH
  • WCRB: FM 99.5 Classical=HD1; Lowell
  • WCRN: AM 830 Talk; Worcester
  • WEEI: AM 850 Sports
  • WERS: FM 88.9 College; Emerson College
  • WFNX: FM 101.7 Alternative; Lynn
  • WEZE: AM 590 Religious
  • WGBH: FM 89.7 Public=HD1 HD2=Classical
  • WHHB: FM 99.9 Student media; Holliston High School, Holliston
  • WHRB: FM 95.3 Student media; Harvard University, Cambridge
  • WICN: FM 90.5 Jazz & Folk=HD1; Worcester
  • WIQH: FM 88.3 Student Media; Concord-Carlisle Regional High School
  • WJDA: AM 1300 Multicultural; Quincy
  • WJIB: AM 740 Easy Listening; Cambridge
  • WJMN: FM 94.5 Hip Hop=HD1 HD2=Classic Hip Hop
  • WKLB: FM 102.5 Country=HD1 HD2=Classic Country; Waltham
  • WKOX: AM 1200 and AM 1430 Talk; Newton and Framingham
  • WMBR: FM 88.1 College; Massachuetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • WMFO: FM 91.5 College; Tufts University, Medford
  • WMJX: FM 106.7 Adult Contemporary=HD1 HD2=Smooth Jazz
  • WMKI: AM 1260 Children=HD1; Radio Disney
  • WMLN: FM 91.5 College; Curry College, Milton
  • WNBP: AM 1450 Nostalgia; Newburyport
  • WNNW: AM 800 Hispanic=HD1; Lawrence
  • WNTN: AM 1550 Ethnic; Newton
  • WODS: FM 103.3 Top 40
  • WPLM: FM 99.1 Easy Listening; Plymouth
  • WQSX: FM 93.7 Oldies; Lawrence
  • WRBB: FM 104.9 College; Northeastern University
  • WRKO: AM 680 Talk
  • WROL: AM 950 Religious
  • WROR: FM 105.7 Classic Hits=HD1 HD2=70's; Framingham
  • WSNE: FM 93.3 Adult contemporary; Taunton
  • WSRO: AM 650 Talk; Ashland
  • WSRS: FM 96.1 Adult Contemporary=HD1; Worcester
  • WTAG: AM 580 News Talk=HD1; Worcester
  • WTBU: FM 89.3 College; Boston University
  • WTBU: AM 640 College; Boston University
  • WTKK: FM 96.9 Talk=HD1 HD2=Classical
  • WUMB: FM 91.9 Public=HD1; University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • WUNR: AM 1600 Multiethnic; Brookline
  • WWBB: FM 101.5 Oldies; Providence, RI
  • WXKS: FM 107.9 Top 40=HD1 HD2=Dedicated Artists; Medford
  • WXLO: FM 104.5 Adult contemporary; Fitchburg
  • WXRV: FM 92.5 Album; Andover
  • WZBC: FM 90.3 College; Boston College, Newton
  • WZLY: FM 91.5 College; Wellesley College, Wellesley
  • WZLX: FM 100.7 Classic Rock=HD1 HD2=Deep Tracks Classic Rock

TV

Television stations in Boston; in alphabetical order by call letters

Boston Education

Boston's educational opportunities

Higher

The Boston area's colleges and universities; Boston has many institutions of higher learning; in the list below, the institution is in Boston (city) unless a nearby suburb or city name is given at the end of the entry

  • Art Inst: The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; independent; undergraduate and graduate; art
  • Babson: Babson College; independent; undergraduate and graduate; Babson Park (near Wellesley, Massachusetts)
  • BAC: Boston Architectural Center; independent; undergraduate and graduate; architecture; interior design
  • Bay: Bay State College; independent; undergraduate 2 year
  • Bentley: Bentley University; independent; undergraduate, graduate; Waltham
  • Berklee: Berklee College of Music; independent; undergraduate; music
  • BFIT: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology; independent; undergraduate
  • BC: Boston College; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Boston Cons: The Boston Conservatory; independent; undergraduate and graduate; music
  • BHCC: Bunker Hill Community College; state; undergraduate 2-year
  • Brandeis: Brandeis University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Waltham
  • BU: Boston University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Bridgewater: Bridgewater State College; state; undergraduate, graduate; Bridgewater
  • Cambridge: Cambridge College; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • Clark: Clark University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Worcester
  • Dean: Dean College; independent; undergraduate; Franklin
  • Emerson: Emerson College; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Emmanuel: Emmanuel College; Independent Roman Catholic; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • Fenway: Colleges of the Fenway Consortium; collaboration of six colleges: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College
  • Fisher: Fisher College; independent; undergraduate
  • Harvard: Harvard University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Cambridge
  • Holy Cross: College of the Holy Cross; independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit); undergraduate; Worcester
  • Labouré: Labouré College; independent; undergraduate 2-year; medical
  • Lasell: Lasell College; independent; undergraduate and graduate; Newton
  • Lesley: Lesley University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Cambridge
  • Mass Art: Massachusetts College of Art; state; undergraduate and graduate; art
  • Merrimack: Merrimack College; independent Roman Catholic; undergraduate and graduate; North Andover
  • MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Cambridge
  • Mt Ida: Mount Ida College; independent; undergraduate; Newton Center
  • NE Art: New England Institute of Art; undergraduate; art and multimedia; Brookline
  • NE Cons: New England Conservatory of Music; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • NE Finance: New England College of Finance; independent; undergraduate 2-year
  • NE Law: New England School of Law; Juris Doctor degree
  • Newbury: Newbury College; independent; undergraduate; Brookline
  • Northeastern: Northeastern University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • PMC: Pine Manor College; independent; undergraduate; Chestnut Hill
  • Roxbury: Roxbury Community College; state; undergraduate 2-year; Roxbury Crossing
  • Salem: Salem State College; state; undergraduate, graduate; Salem
  • Simmons: Simmons College; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • SMFA: School of the Museum of Fine Arts; independent; undergraduate and graduate; art
  • Suffolk: Suffolk University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Tufts: Tufts University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; Medford
  • UMB: University of Massachusetts--Boston; state; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Wellesley: Wellesley College; independent; undergraduate; Wellesley
  • Wheaton: Wheaton College; independent; undergraduate; Norton
  • Wheelock: Wheelock College; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • WIT: Wentworth Institute of Technology; independent; undergraduate

Schools

Boston's primary, secondary, career, and trade schools

  • Choice: School Choice information; presented by the American Education Reform Council
  • K12: Boston Public Schools
  • AIC: The Career Institute of American International College; a career college in Cambridge
  • Elderhostel: Educational program for people 55 and over; Boston is the headquarters city of this world-wide program
  • CCEA: Cambridge Center for Adult Education; education for adults; in Harvard Square
  • Everest: Everest College; vocational healthcare and business
  • NESOP: New England School of Photography
  • JFYNetWorks: JFYNetWorks Innovative Learning Solutions; workforce and career development training center for youth and adults
  • Gibbs: Gibbs College; career training
  • RETS: RETS Technical Center; career training; electronics/computers; refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning; medical assistant

Boston Commerce

Boston's business community

Groups

Organizations promoting business and business opportunities in the Boston area

  • Chamber: Greater Boston Chamber; association representing businesses in the region
  • Neighborhood BB: Neighborhood Business Builders; small business hub; help with business loans, workshops, mentors

Notable

Large or well-known companies with headquarters or major operations in the Boston area; sales figures, where shown, are from hoovers.com

  • Ahold: Ahold USA; food retailer; Quincy; unit of Royal Ahold, an international food provider based in the Netherlands
  • Analog: Analog Devices; integrated circuits and signal processing; 2006 sales $2.5 billion; Norwood
  • Analogic: health and security systems; 2006 sales $351 million; Peabody
  • Biopure: oxygen therapeutics; 2005 sales $2.1 million; Cambridge
  • BJ's: BJ's Wholesale Club; membership warehouse club; 2006 sales $7.9 billion; Natick
  • Bose: radios, speakers; 2005 sales $1.8 billion; Framingham
  • Boston Scientific: medical devices; 2005 sales $6.2 billion; Natick
  • CDM: Camp Dresser and McKee; consulting, engineering, construction, and operations; Cambridge
  • Charles River: Charles River Laboratories International; biomedical research products and support services; 2005 sales $1.1 billion; Wilmington
  • CMGI: Supply chain management services; 2006 sales 1.1 billion; Waltham
  • EMC: Data storage systems; 2005 sales $9.6 billion; Hopkinton
  • Fidelity: Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company; financial services; 2005 sales $11.1 billion; Boston
  • Gillette: Global Gillette; shaving products, batteries; Boston; unit of Procter & Gamble
  • Hanover: Hanover Insurance Group; insurance and financial; 2005 sales $2.6 billion; Worcester
  • HMCO: Houghton Mifflin Company; textbooks, media; 2005 sales $1.2 billion; Boston
  • John Hancock: John Hancock Financial Services; insurance, financial products; unit of Manulife Financial (Toronto, Canada); Boston
  • Liberty Mutual: Liberty Mutual Holding Company; insurance; 2005 sales $21.1 billion; Boston
  • Ocean Spray: cranberries; 2005 sales $1.4 billion; Lakeville-Middleboro
  • Parametric: software; 2005 sales $720 million; Needham
  • Raytheon: defense; 2005 sales $21.8 billion; Waltham
  • Sovereign: Banking
  • State Street: State Street Corporation; financial processing services; 2005 sales $7.4 billion; Boston

Boston Reference

Works to help you find out more about Boston

Guides

Learn more about Boston with online guides that describe area attractions

  • Visit Boston: Greater Boston Tourism Council; visitor information on events, hotels, sports, dining, tourism, and shopping
  • Boston Online: Guide to Boston life; articles and information for residents and visitors
  • Avruch About Town: Fran Avruch, Boston's Man About Town; guide of Avruch's personal favorites in events, activities, theatre, movies, music, dance, eating, shopping, hotels, inns, day trips, and sightseeing destinations; Avruch is a Boston native, host of television shows and performance events, performed as Bozo the clown, worked for children's charities

Indexes

Access online information about Boston through general and specialized indexes

  • Yahoo: Entry for Boston
  • Google: Entry for Boston
  • About: Entry for Boston
  • CityLinks: Boston City Links; hotels, nightlife, movies, information
  • Yellow Pages: Search form; find businesses and organizations using the SMARTpages.com directory

General

Find more information related to Boston

  • craigslist: Online community; classified ads, jobs, housing, personals, for sale, discussion
  • Top Jobs: Job search engine for Boston
  • USA index: An index for the United States; resources to help you locate information about activities, events, places, sports, government, media, commerce, and reference information in the USA; You can use this page to locate information on other cities or information you couldn't find here
  • -USA General-: General reference section of USA Index; lookup information in national directories for classified ads, jobs, discussion, or lookup resources
  • Wicked Good: online conferences about Boston
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