Where To Go When You Have To Go: Boston

Traveling and exploring is SO amazing! You see new things, make memories with your pals, and take tons of pics. You packed the essentials for your day/weekend/month-long trip and plotted your must-sees on a map. What you forgot, like many of us, is what you’re going to do in that new, unfamiliar place when you need a restroom. Yes, it’s a strange topic, but seriously, think about it. WHAT do YOU do?? It’s such a small thing but it matters a LOT.

Listen, I’m a major travel junkie, but I’m also the girl who drinks too much water before going out and has to pee at least every few hours. Europe is amazing and has restrooms all over (although they require a small fee), but here in the U.S., it is NOT the same, especially in large cities. If you travel or explore cities a lot, then you know what it’s like. So I’ve done some research so you will know where to go when you have to... go. Hydrate all you want and have a blast in Boston!

Before I begin I want to say that almost every fire/police station will have a restroom so those are always worth a check and also two grocery stores: Star Market and Stop and Shop. most Star markets are open 24/7 and Stop and Shop is usually closed by 11 p.m. If you’re near Fenway/Back Bay then the vegan restaurant By Chloe. is super easy to pop into and discreetly use the restroom. I also HIGHLY recommend their taco salad or brunch if you’re there during the weekend.

Here’s where to find a restroom if you’re in:

Allston/Brighton

Public Library

40 Academy Hill Rd, Brighton, MA 02135

Hours: Mon: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tues/Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thurs: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fri/Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Library

419 Faneuil St, Boston, ma 02135

Hours: Mon: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wed/Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Library

300 N Harvard St, Allston, MA 02134

Hours: Mon: 12 p.m.. – 8 p.m.

Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri/Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Star Market

1065 Commonwealth Ave

Hours: 24/7

**Most bars and restaurants in the area have restrooms so either stop in and buy an appetizer, a beer, or lunch or very kindly ask for the restroom.

 

Back Bay

Boston Public Library  

700 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116 (near the Copley T)

Hours: mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri - Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

**If you’re closer to the Prudential Center, there are restrooms in the mall and a Star market nearby.

 

Boston Common/Beacon Hill

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St Boston, ma  02108

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

**Enter through the security entrance to the right, past the statue of General Thomas J. Hooker. Pass security, take a left and then follow the signs. It’s not exactly a short walk, so only plan on this if absolutely necessary.

 

The Boston Common Visitor Center

139 Tremont St Boston, MA  02108

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Public Restrooms

Along Charles St. across from the Public Gardens. Boston has just started providing public restrooms in this area.

Hours: 24/7

 

Arlington T Stop

Southwest corner of the Boston Public Gardens

Hours: 24/7

 

Charles River/Esplanade park

1. Between Charles MGH train stop and Arlington St.

2. Off the corner of Dartmouth St. which will also lead you to Copley

Check out the park map for details.

 

Charlestown (Bunker Hill)

Public Restroom

197 8th St, Boston, ma 02129

Hours: 24/7

Cost: 25 cents

 

Public Library

179 main St, Charlestown, ma 02129

Hours: Mon: 12 – 8 p.m.

Tues/Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thurs: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Cambridge

Public Restroom

Corner of Garden St. and mass ave. (maps search: “Portland Loo”)

Hours: 24/7

 

Public Restroom

Corner of mass ave. and River St. across from the Central T stop on the Red Line

Hours: 24/7

 

Chinatown

Public Library

2 Boylston St, Boston, ma 02116

Hours: Mon-Fri: 2 - 9 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

**Again, tons of restaurants in this area. If you’re closer to the Boston Common, walk into the Explorateur Cafe like you own the place. The restrooms are in the back near the bar.

 

Downtown

Boston City Hall

1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat & Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Restroom

206-214 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

Hours: 24/7

 

Public Restroom

2 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Hours: 24/7

 

Faneuil Hall

4 S. Market Street

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sun: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

East Boston

BCYF Paris St.

112 Paris St.

Hours: Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mon-Sat: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

BCYF Pino

86 Boardman St.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Boston Public Library - EAST

365 Bremen St.

Hours: mon: 12 – 8 p.m.

Tues/Wed:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thurs: 12 – 8 p.m.

Fri/Sat:  9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

North End

BCYF Nazzaro

30 North Bennet St.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

BPL - North End

25 Parmenter St.

Hours: Mon/Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed: 12 – 8 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Restroom

35 Commercial St.

Hours: 24/7

 

Roxbury

BCYF Shelburne

2730 Washington St.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sat:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Restroom

140 Dudley St.

Hours: 24/7

 

BPL - Egleston Square

2044 Columbus ave.

Hours: Mon/Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed: 12 – 8 p.m.

Thurs:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

South Boston

BCYF Curley

1663 Columbia Rd.

Hours: Mon-Fri:  6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sat: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

BPL - South

646 East Broadway

Hours: Mon: 12 – 8 p.m.

Tues/Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thurs: 12 – 8 p.m.

Fri/Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Public Restroom

12 Drydock Ave

Hours: 24/7

South End

 

BPL- South End

685 Tremont St.

Hours: Mon: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wed/Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sun: CLOSED

 

Science park/West End

BPL - West

151 Cambridge St.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thurs: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat: CLOSED

 

**Check out a comprehensive interactive map here.

***Any attraction you visit, especially indoors, is very likely to have restrooms or directions to the nearest one.