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Explore Boston

What's hot about Boston? Art, music, history, amazing cultural institutions, the nightlife, Newbury Street — and more than 300,000 other college students. Simmons's main campus and residence campus are located in Boston's vibrant Fenway neighborhood, next door to the Longwood Medical Area's internationally famous teaching hospitals and biomedical research centers. From campus, students can walk to numerous cafes, colleges, museums, shops, parks, performance venues, and movie theaters.

Wander a little farther and you'll find there are many neighborhoods in Boston, each with it's own unique character. We've collected some of the main attractions of each neighborhood below. You can use the map to see where each is located in relation to Simmons (we're the red marker).

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North End/West End

Boston's Little Italy

During the early 1900s the Boston saw a large influx of Italian immigrants and they settled in the area known as the North End. This area today still has an Italian flair with its many bakeries and restaurants

Paul Revere House

The home was built about 1680, and Paul Revere lived with his family there from 1770 to 1800. Paul Revere has been made famous by the Longfellow poem, Paul Revere's Ride, about warning the Massachusetts Bay Colonists that the British were coming.

Directions: The Paul Revere House is located between the Faneuil Hall and Old North Church stops on the Freedom Trail. Green Line to Government center and follow the Freedom Trail.

Hours: Open Daily April 15 - October 31 - 9:30 am to 5:15 pm, &
November 1 - April 14 - 9:30 am to 4:15 pm

Cost: College Students $3.00

Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is always a fun indoor activity during the winter time!
Directions: Green Line, Science Park stop.
Hours: Saturday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cost: General Admission $19

NBA Basketball - Boston Celtics
Season: October to April
Stadium: TD Garden

Directions: Green Line to North Station

NHL Hockey - Boston Bruins
Season: October to April
Stadium: TD Garden
Directions: Green Line to North Station

Back Bay/Beacon Hill

Boston's Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant
historic sites each an authentic American treasure.
Starts at Park Street Station

Copley Square

Copley Square holds many well-known landmarks including Trinity Church, the Prudential Center, Newbury Street's cafes and shops, and the Boston Public Library.

Directions: Green Line to Copley stop

Boston Public Library

Founded in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The Library's collections approximated 16,000 volumes, and it was obvious from the day the doors were first opened that the quarters were inadequate.
Directions: Green Line, Copley stop
Cost: Free

Skywalk Observatory @ the Prudential Building
The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is the only observatory in New England, offering a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Greater Boston area and beyond. Offering the best view of the city, the Skywalk Observatory is the ideal place to begin a tour of Boston.

Directions: Green Line: E Train, Prudential stop.

Cost: $10.00 with valid college ID.

Newbury Street

Newbury Street is the Fifth Ave of Boston, filled with many shops that cater to both the Boston and elite and the poor college student.

Directions: Green Line to Hynes Convention Center. Right onto Massachusetts Ave, right onto Newbury Street

Financial District

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is an amazing facility that houses all types of sea creatures including jelly fish, sharks, penguins, and sea turtles.

Directions: Green Line to Government Center stop and switch to the Blue Line to Aquarium Stop.
Cost: Discounted tickets are sold for $8.50 at the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
This is the historic center of Boston. In addition to revolutionary war history, there are also great shops and a large food court.

Directions: Green Line to Government Center, 5 min walk towards City Hall.

Theatre District

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly
popular theatrical shows and concerts which
combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics.

Directions: Green Line, Boylston. Follow Tremont St to Stuart St. Make a right on Stuart St. and then take the first left on to Warrenton St.

Cost: Student rush pricing - $25,

Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet, a world renowned professional dance company, based in Boston's South End.

Directions: Performances are held in various theatres throughout the city.

Cost: See website for details
Student Rush tickets available at the door.

Shear Madness

Shear Madness holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running play in the history of the American Theatre. Set today in a hairstyling salon that becomes the scene of a zany crime, the play is filled with up-to-the minute, spontaneous humor and is different every time you see it. Performances are Tues. - Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 6:00 & 9:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 & 7:00 pm.

Directions walking from the Boyleston T Stop: Get off the Boylston T stop on the Green line. Walk down Tremont Street to the first stop light. Take a right onto Stuart Street, and Warrenton Street will be shortly on your left, across from California Pizza Kitchen. The Charles Playhouse is at the end of Warrenton Street.

Cost: See website for details.
Student rush tickets available for a reduced price of $20 one hour before every show with a student ID.

South End

Boston Center for the Arts

The BCA is the Boston's premiere destination for arts and culture. The BCA is committed to bringing the best in visual and performing arts to the widest audience possible through our Resident Theatre Companies, the Mills Gallery and the Cyclorama Residency Series.

Directions: Green line to the Copley stop and then walk down Clarendon to527-551 Tremont St. Or Orange Line to Back Bay stop andwalk down Clarendon to 527-551 Tremont St.

SOWA Art Galleries

The South End is chalk full galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. Even through the SOWA Art Walk is only officially held once a year, you are able to visit the galleries, restaurants, and shops year round.

Directions: Green line to Arlington, exit to Berkley Street and walk down Berkley until you hit Tremont. Cross Tremont and Berkley becomes East Berkley. Continue down Berkley until you hit Harrison Ave and take a right, 450 Harrison will be a 2 min walk down on your left.


Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art is not you traditional Art Museum. It provides a unique display of contemporary art and is making a mark with the young people in Boston.

Directions: Green Line to Park Street, Red Line to South Station, Silver Line to Court House and then Follow the signs to the ICA.
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Student $10

Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and a not-for-profit independent theatre that shows many lesser know/independent films along with film classics.
Directions: Green Line, C Train to Coolidge Corner stop, take a right onto Harvard Street the theatre is to the left.

Cost: Adult: $9.75, Member: $6.75, Matinee: (first showing of feature films BEFORE 4pm) $7.75

Directions: Green Line, C Train to Coolidge Corner stop, the theatre on Harvard Street to your right.

Brookline Booksmith

The Brookline Booksmith is a gem of a book store with a section of new arrivals and great selection of used books. They also have book club and host many book related events.

Directions: Green Line, C Train to Coolidge Corner stop, take a right onto Harvard Street the store is on the right.

Harvard Square

Harvard Square is a great place to meet friends to shop, eat, or just walk around and enjoy the sites and sounds of the bustling center of Harvard and several other colleges. The historic red brick square is surrounded by restaurants, shops, museums, theaters, bookstores, architectural landmarks, and a variety of street performances.

Discounted MBTA passes!

Simmons students can buy a semester of discounted passes from the OSLA office.
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