Hotel information will be available later this year.
Note: No one under the age of 18 is allowed to attend the NFPA Conference & Expo.
Over 18 million people visit the city annually, making it a leading tourist destination. Come find out for yourself why Boston Massachusetts is one of the world's favorite cities.
Boston’s dining options are dynamic and delicious. No longer the home of “the bean and the cod”- area chefs present signature specialties made from the freshest local ingredients. New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and every pocketbook. Contemporary cuisine, traditional New England fare with a few twists and an eclectic mix of international and ethnic dishes make for exceptional dining.
A quick heads up- Boston is truly a walking city- absolutely no need for a car. Public transportation is accessible and convenient. Pedicabs, taxis and bike rentals are also readily available. The best way to enjoy this compact, friendly and delightful city is to take to the streets - walk, explore, peruse and then relax with a cool beverage, cup of coffee or you got it - ice cream - no matter what time of year!
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St.
Boston, MA 02210
From Storrow Drive
If you're coming on Storrow Drive heading eastbound, take the Downtown / Boston exit. Turn left on Beacon street, then take your first right onto Arlington Street. Turn left onto Boylston Street, then take a slight left onto Charles Street. Enter the garage via the ramp on your right.
From Points North via I-93
Take I-93 Southbound to Exit 23 “Purchase Street”. Continue straight on Purchase Street to Seaport Blvd and turn left. Continue on Seaport Blvd. to D Street and turn right. After the highway ramp, turn right onto Summer Street. The BCEC will be on your left. Take the right after the highway ramp onto Summer Street, go one intersection, and turn left onto East Side Drive.
From Points South via I-93
Take I-93 North to Exit 20 "South Boston". Follow the signs to "I-90 East". Take the first tunnel exit to "South Boston". At the first set of lights, take a right onto Congress Street and then turn right on D Street. After the highway ramp, turn right onto Summer Street. The BCEC will be on your left. Take the right after the highway ramp onto Summer Street, go one intersection, and turn left onto East Side Drive.
From North on I-91
Take Exit 6 (Springfield Center), onto East Columbus Avenue. Continue up East Columbus Avenue (about ¼ mile) to Court Street. Take a right onto Court Street and proceed past Symphony Hall, City Hall and Sovereign Bank. The MassMutual Center is located at the corner of Court and Main Street across from Court Square.
From South on I-91
Take Exit 7 (Springfield Center Columbus Avenue). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp. Circle under the highway and go straight through one light. Take a right at the second light onto Main Street. The MassMutual Center is located at 1277 Main Street across from Court Square.
From West on Rt. 90
Take Exit 6 off the Mass. Turnpike to Rt. 291. From Rt. 291 take Dwight Street Exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Dwight Street to the MassMutual Center.
From East on Rt. 90
Take Exit 4 to I-91 South. Take Exit 7 (Springfield Center Columbus Avenue). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp. Circle under the highway and go straight through one light. Take a right at the second light onto Main Street. The MassMutual Center is located at 1277 Main Street across from Court Square.
Valet parking ($30) is available during most events. To access from Summer Street, turn onto East Side Drive and the valet area will be immediately on your right. We accept cash and all major credit cards.
BCEC South Parking Lot
To self-park in the BCEC South Lot, from Summer Street, turn onto East Side Drive, drive past the valet area, and continue straight along the side of the building. At the end of the building, make a right and go down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and you will see the entrance to the South Parking lot in front of you. Parking rates are $17 for regular sized vehicles and $34 for oversized vehicles.
Please note: Parking is limited at the BCEC and is available on a first come, first served basis. On certain events if the South Lot is full, attendees may be directed to an offsite parking lot.
In the event that onsite parking has reached capacity, additional parking may be available at either the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) Garage or various parking lots on the Waterfront. All alternate parking lots are on a first come, first served basis and are within walking distance of the BCEC.
Please note: Offsite parking is NOT guaranteed. The MCCA does not own or operate any offsite parking lots and are not responsible for setting lot capacity or parking rates, the exception being when BCEC event attendees are specifically directed from the South Lot to the offsite garage or lot.
Logan Airport is an eight minute taxi ride from the BCEC, or you can use the MBTA’s Silver Line to and from the airport. The Silver Line is complimentary from Logan Airport, and stops at the Seaport/World Trade Center Stop just across the street from the BCEC. Take the Silver Line back to the airport for only $2.10.
The BCEC is steps away from the MBTA’s Silver Line World Trade Center stop, which is the same subway line that services Logan Airport. It’s also a 15-minute walk from South Station, one of Boston’s major transportation hubs. South Station provides local services via bus, subway (Red Line), and the regional Commuter Rail, plus service across the country through Amtrak and bus.
Boston is part of the AMTRAK railroad system serving the Northeast, and connects passengers to the rest of New England. Acela Express offers service from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. Passengers can pick up AMTRAK service in Boston at South Station, just minutes from the BCEC; at Back Bay Station, right down the street from the Hynes; or at North Station for Downeaster service from Brunswick, Maine.
Northeast Train Routes
MBTA trip planner
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a nifty tool called “Trip Planner” that lets you plan your T ride from beginning to end. Simply enter in your starting location and the BCEC, and it will tell you where you need to go stop by stop to get here quickly and easily via subway or bus.
Plan your trip
Taxi & ridesharing
Boston is ripe with car service options. Let one of our transportation agents hail you a cab, or use any of the following services to schedule a pick up:
Where to eat
At the BCEC, delicious food is always right around the corner. Levy Restaurants, the BCEC’s award-winning culinary partner, takes great pride in the quality and selection of the food they offer. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a tasty lunch, you have great choices at the BCEC. Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and nut-free options are also available.
Wicked Good Market
The Wicked Good Market offers heartier fare for every appetite. Different stations offer a variety of cuisine, from healthy salads to customizable Asian bowls and build-your-own burritos. You can even enjoy a taste of Boston’s North End with brick oven pizza or a heaping bowl of pasta.
Samuel Adams Pub
The Sam Adams Pub, named both for our notable American forefather as well as the deliciously refreshing and famous local brew, is located within the Wicked Good Market. The pub is the perfect place to grab a drink and dine on traditional Boston fare such as fresh New England lobster rolls, beer-battered fish and chips, and local draft beer.
Outtakes Quick Cuisine offers packaged sandwiches, pastries, freshly brewed New England Coffee, and snacks, and even sundry items and souvenirs. With convenient locations in the North Lobby and throughout the building, attendees won’t miss one minute of your event!
The BCEC is ADA friendly and equipped with accessibility in mind. A limited number of wheelchairs are available free-of-charge for guest convenience at each facility.
For personal assistance, please contact our Public Safety department at 617-954-2222 (BCEC).
Housing vendor scam alert
We have been made aware of solicitations to NFPA Conference & Expo exhibitors from two unauthorized 3rd party vendors: Exhibitors Hotel Reservation Services (EHRS) and Global Housing. They are representing themselves as the official housing vendor for this event until they are questioned in great detail. Global Housing is offering hotel reservations telling individuals that room blocks are already sold out.
NFPA and ROC Exhibitions, Inc. are the event owners and organizers of NFPA Conference & Expo and any communications will come from them directly. Housing is handled by Passkey.
If you are contacted by any outside company you find suspicious or are unsure if they are a legitimate authorized vendor for this event, please contact us immediately.
If possible, include any e-mail communication you received from this vendor.
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