Boston, Massachusetts is among the premier wheelchair accessible destinations in the United States and is one of the top cities to visit for first-time disabled travelers. Those accolades are rooted in the city’s largely accessible public transportation system, wheelchair-friendly attractions, and wide selection of ADA accessible hotels.

Boston played a central role in the American Revolution, and welcomes visitors to explore American history on the Freedom Trail, a collection of historic sites that includes the USS Constitution (America’s oldest commissioned warship), Paul Revere’s colonial home, the Old North Church, the Massachusetts State House and other significant places.

Despite its centuries-long history, Boston also has the features of a modern city. Following the “Big Dig,” downtown Boston was transformed with an accessible public park and pedestrian corridor known as the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Its historic subway system has been expanded and made accessible, providing connections to city buses, ferries and intercity rail services, making it easy to explore the city and wider region.

Using this guide to wheelchair accessible travel in Boston, Massachusetts, you will be prepared to explore and enjoy this special city that I have been fortunate to call home.

Guide Contents

Wheelchair assistance at Boston Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Boston’s airport has invested in accessibility features that improve the disabled traveler experience.

Wheelchair accessible attractions in Boston.

Attractions & Sights

Wheelchair users can board America’s oldest naval vessel, follow the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and relax along the Charles River Esplanade.

Wheelchair accessible hotels in Boston.

Hotels & Accommodations

Select a place to stay from this list of wheelchair accessible hotels in Boston.

Wheelchair accessible public transit Boston.

Public Transportation

The Boston subway is the oldest in the United States and dates to 1897, but is largely accessible to wheelchair users.

Wheelchair taxis in Boston

Wheelchair Taxis

The City of Boston has licensed 100 wheelchair taxis with a ramp, plus UberWAV and Lyft Access rideshare services.

Wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks in Boston.

Sidewalk Accessibility

Boston is a largely flat city and, while many sidewalks are in disrepair due to age and winter weather, most have curb ramps.

Additional reading

The following articles from the Wheelchair Travel Blog also provide unique insight into the City of Boston, covering topics relating to accessible tourism in Boston.