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7 Things to do on a layover at Boston Airport

Whether you’re looking to take in some local experiences or simply relax, here are 7 things to do on a layover at Boston Airport.

1. Eating

Airport DiningIf you want to spend your whole layover checking out the airport dining scene, no one would really blame you. There are plenty of full-service restaurants and bars, casual and to-go eateries, and cafes to satisfy even the pickiest travellers. To sample some local favorites, check out any of the Legal Sea Foods outposts (and the Legal Test Kitchen), the Harpoon Tap Room, Durgin Park, and the Sam Adams Brewhouse. Starbucks has several locales, but if you really want to feel like a Bostonian, opt for Dunkin’ Donuts instead.

2. Lounges

Airport LoungesAirport lounges are no longer a secret, available only for travellers in First or Business Class. Many lounges at BOS offer access to travellers, regardless of airline or service class, so you can spend your layover in a quieter, more comfortable area than the main terminals. Pre-purchase a single-visit pass online or join a lounge membership program to gain entry. Lounge locations and details are available on our Boston Logan Airport Guide.

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3. Shopping

ShoppingIf you’ve got the time (or the money), this airport has got the shops! Since all terminals are connected, you can easily while away time on your layover browsing the many stores and boutiques. Choose from airport staples like newsstands and convenience stores or do some souvenir and Duty-Free shopping. We like to hydrate our parched airport skin at Kiehl’s and L’Occitane. Popular New England brands include the Black Dog and Vineyard Vines.

4. Spa

Take some time on your layover to pamper yourself! Terminal C’s Classique Salon offers hair and nail service.

5. Sightseeing

Layover SightseeingThe airport’s location only 3 miles from downtown Boston makes heading out for some sightseeing a particularly appealing – and easy – option during a long layover. As long as you’ve got at least 6 hours, we think doing some sightseeing is one of the best ways to spend your time between flights.

The MBTA public transit system, known locally as the T, has two connections between the airport and downtown: the Blue Line Subway and the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit. These run frequently during the day and will have you downtown in under 30 minutes. A commuter ferry also connects, if you want an affordable way to get out on Boston Harbor.

Note that the airport doesn’t offer any luggage storage, but a luggage storage service called Package Express is located in South Station, where the Silver Line bus connects. Some private water taxi companies will also store your luggage if you use their service to get downtown.

What to see

Once downtown, here are some attractions to check out:

  • Visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, an 18th-century building that today houses plenty of local eateries and shops. Outdoors you’ll likely witness a street performance or two – stop for a few minutes and tip with a buck or two, if you can.
  • Stretch your legs along the Freedom Trail. This self-guided 2.5 mile walking trail leads past 16 historic sights that relate to the American Revolution and the founding of the nation. Grab a brochure, seek out the metal placards in the sidewalks, and stroll some or all of it.
  • Get a taste of Italy in the North End, the historic neighborhood known for its Italian bakeries and cafes, quaint alleys, and brick row homes. Grab a cannoli or an espresso while you explore.
  • Kids and families will love joining a Boston Duck Tour, which originated here in town, or spend some time at the New England Aquarium.
  • Sports fans of all ilks will appreciate a tour of historic Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball.

Be sure to leave enough time on your return to the airport to process through Security.

6. WiFi

Stay connected to friends and family, update your social media accounts or surf the internet courtesy of the airport’s free WiFi.

7. Sleeping

Airport HotelsIf you’re looking to catch up on some sleep, you’ve got a few options. Overall the airport is decked out in cold, tiled floors with bright lights, and not a whole lot seating options. The benches and seats that do exist are typically equipped with armrests, so to really sprawl out, the floor is probably best. Bring an extra layer to spread out or tuck into for warmth. Overnight campers should know that all post-Security areas close for the night, so if you’re inside, you’ll be asked to head back to pre-Security and re-enter in the morning. In case of snow-related or weather delays and mass cancellations, the airport provides cots for some decent shut-eye.

Rather trade some cash for better quality sleep? The Hilton Boston Logan Airport is on airport premises, accessible via skybridge from Terminals A and E. Other airports are located within a few minutes’ drive from the airport, many with free shuttle service. See locations and amenities on our Boston Logan Airport Guide.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Boston Logan Airport. Visit our Boston Logan Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.