Boston, Massachusetts, is a popular vacation destination for many reasons. Because of its rich historical attractions and sites, fun family activities, and central location along the northeastern Atlantic coast, this bustling city hosts over 1 million travelers every year.
Renting a Car in Boston
To rent a car in Boston, visitors will need a driver's license from their state or country of residence. Boston Logan International Airport is the largest airport in the area and home to many rental car companies.
Several agencies have rental centers in the airport's Massport, and travelers can hitch a ride via shuttle service around the clock. Renters can choose from several rental chains, including Avis, Alamo, Advantage, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Payless, Thrifty, Enterprise, and Zipcar.
Because of the airport's convenient proximity to the city's center, finding a rental car off-site is as easy as finding one on the airport grounds. Just across Boston Channel, renters have more options away from hectic airport traffic at National, Enterprise, Hertz, and Dollar car rental locations.
With such a variety of companies to rent from, there's no shortage of car style and size. From a compact, economical Prius or a sporty Mustang to a cargo van that seats 15 passengers or full-size pickup, travelers in Boston are sure to find the right rental.
Getting Around in Boston
Driving in this city is challenging unless travelers are familiar with its curving streets that change names at random intersections. New and old roadways merge together unexpectedly throughout the city. Many streets are narrow, and one-way routes are common. Finding a parking spot is difficult and costly.
What to Do Around Boston
Just 2 miles from Logan Airport, travelers can go back to the beginning of the American Revolution at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. An hour long tour led by a guide in 18th-century dress culminates at a tea-tossing party in Boston Bay. Visitors could take a guided walk through history along the Freedom Trail where visitors traverse a 2.5-mile route past 16 historically significant sites, including the Boston Common, King's Chapel, and the Paul Revere House.
Families will revel in the city's most visited attraction — New England Aquarium, located only minutes from the airport. Children will love holding starfish, caressing horseshoe crabs, or getting up close to sea urchins at the Edge of the Sea touch tank. Sharks and manta rays glide beneath their hands in the Trust Family Foundation touch tank.
About 2 miles from the airport, the Boston Children's Museum has thrilled and enthralled kids of all ages for over a century. Three floors of cultural, scientific, health and wellness, and visual art exhibits, collections, and interactive displays await. Create a masterpiece in the art studio, build buildings or explore the ramps and tunnels of the Construction Zone, or become a character in an interactive Episode of Arthur and Friends.
Visiting Boston is almost guaranteed way to make lifelong memories. Travelers dive deep into its family activities and historical sites by exploring in a rental car in Boston.