If you’re living in any part of New England, odds are that you’ll be catching a flight or changing planes at Boston Logan Airport. The odds also are that at some point in your travels, you’ll find yourself with time to kill at Boston’s Logan Airport. Not too much of a surprise, considering that it’s New England’s busiest transportation hub. The good news is that a layover at Boston Logan Airport can be pretty cool, with plenty of things you can do in the airport and nearby. Here’s our guide to how you can make the best of your layover at Boston Airport!
Chow down some great food
Boston has plenty of delicious food to offer the discerning foodie, including the fantastic seafood Boston is famous for. Speaking of seafood, Boston’s favorite Legal Sea Foods restaurants have several outlets in the airport, including terminal A, terminal B, and terminal C. You can’t really go wrong with a bowl of their clam chowder, delicious lobster rolls, or even good old fish & chips! Todd English’s Bonfire by celebrity chef Todd English serves up steaks tacos, tapas, and even a Kobe beef hot dog. Boston Logan also plays host to Stephanie’s, which offers classic pub fare. Kelly’s Roast Beef specializes in North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches. Award-winning chef Jody Adams has sit-down restaurant Trade at the airport, where you can munch down flavorsome shrimp risotto, lamb dumplings, and an assortment of flatbreads. Shojo serves up serves bacon, egg, and cheese bao. Not Your Average Joe’s offers dishes ranging from ahi tuna wontons and cheesesteak egg rolls to Cobb salads and baked haddock. Potbelly Sandwich Shop serves cookies, shakes, and salads along with the restaurant’s signature item, toasted sandwiches. Fuel America has a pretty comprehensive selection of coffee and drinks, along with sandwiches and pastries, making it the ideal option for early morning travelers looking for a spot of breakfast.
Enjoy the ‘beer’ necessities of life
There’s plenty of places in the Logan Airport you can get a pint and more to slake your thirst. For some amazing margarita paired with tasty tacos, hit up Temazcal Tequila Cantina. Boston Beer Works has plenty of trademark, seasonal, and rotating beers on tap, plus a whole lot of decent wine options. True to its name, the but Vineyard Grille offers wine, cocktails, and beer. Vino Volo can provide you with wine as well as a charcuterie board loaded with fresh deli meats and cheeses. Boston Bruins is a hockey-themed sports bar with a full bar plus traditional sports bar fares like sandwiches and salads. The Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar offers (what else!) tequilas, margaritas, and fun Mexican-inspired food. The Harpoon Tap Room serves standard pub food locally-brewed draught beer. The Cisco Brew Pub is another good choice for thirsty travelers looking for good beer and full-service pub food.
There’s nothing quite like a spa experience to help unwind those tensed up travel muscles! Luckily Logan airport has not one but two options for you to pamper yourself! Head over to the Xpress Spa (at Terminal B) or the Jet Setter Mini Spa and Classique Nail Salon (at Terminal C) for some well-deserved self-indulgence and relaxation!
Let your kids blow off steam
Traveling with tots is not easy by any means. Luckily the Boston Airport is reasonably kid-friendly. There are plenty of options for children to have fun during a layover at Boston Airport. There are Kidport playgrounds in terminals A, B, and C where kids can burn off the energy making it easier for you to settle them down for the journey!
Get your shopping done
While Logan might not offer the kind of shopping experience that airports like say LAX does, it still provides pretty decent shopping options. If brands are what you’re looking for, there’s a Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Johnston & Murphy, Mont Blanc, and Kiehl’s. Then there the ubiquitous airport stores like InMotion, Hudson, Duty-Free Americas, Brookstone, and Sunglasses Hut.
Just lounge about
Want indulge a little and see how the other half lives? Well, at the Logan Airport, you can! Several lounges at Boston Logan Airport allow travelers (yes, even those with economy tickets) to enter their hallowed portals for a price. This will allow you to relax in comfortable chairs and eat some yummy food, away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. The Air France Lounge, American Airlines Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club, United Club, and the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse are some of the lounges that will allow you in by paying at the door or by buying a single-use pass online. You may also use your airline lounge membership program to gain access.
Get out of Logan Airport!
As awesome as the Logan Airport, maybe, sometimes, you just need to step out of the airport, especially if your layover is pretty long. Logan makes it pretty easy for you to explore your surroundings by taking the T! Sounds like gobbledygook? The ‘T’ stands for Boston’s public transportation system, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), that combines subway, bus, trolley car, and boat service. The T’s Blue Line and Silver Line offers service to and from the Logan Airport to downtown Boston. You could also grab a cab from the airport taxi stand.
Once you’re outside the airport, you can explore some of Boston’s best attractions, including America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, or the famous New England Aquarium. The Museum of Science is also pretty close by, as is the Boston Harbor, the Christopher Columbus Park, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. If you have a few hours to spare, a harbor cruise might be a good idea, especially at sunset. You could also visit the North End or the historic Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. Do keep in mind that there’s plenty to do in Boston, and you may tend to lost track of time!
Boston Airport Travel Tip
- If you want spend time enjoying all that Boston Airport has to offer, be sure to reach the airport early. Make sure you book your BOS parking spot ahead of your travel so that there’s no last-minute hurrying.
- Avoid public transportation and services like rideshares or taxis as far as possible – opt instead to drive yourself to the airport if you need to catch a flight. You can further minimize your risk by booking your contactless airport parking spot online.