Accessible Travel

Boston attempts to cater to residents and visitors with disabilities by providing cut curbs, accessible restrooms and ramps on public buildings; but old streets, sidewalks and buildings mean that facilities are not always up to snuff. Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from

  • Sights Most major museums are accessible to wheelchairs, while the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science offer special programs and tours for travelers with disabilities.
  • Activities Many tours use vehicles that are wheelchair accessible, including Boston Duck Tours and New England Aquarium Whale Watch. Walking tours such as the Freedom Trail and the student tour of Harvard Yard are also accessible, though the historic buildings may not be.
  • Transportation MBTA buses and commuter trains are accessible, although not all subway trains and stations are. See MBTA Accessibility ( for more information. Ferries to the Boston Harbor Islands, Provincetown and Salem are all accessible.