Boston National Historical Park. A new 7,400-square-foot NPS visitor center at Faneuil Hall features history exhibits, a film-screening area, and a bookstore. It's the starting point for NPS rangers' two different 60-minute Freedom Trail tours. It's open daily from 9 to 5, April through November. New NPS locations include the The Emerald Necklace Visitor Center on the Fenway, and the Boston Harbor Islands Visitor Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, 02109. 617/242–5642. Faneuil Hall, Government Center, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq., Downtown, 02109. 617/242–5642 phone troubles. Daily 9–5. Navy Yard Visitor Center, Bldg. 5, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, 02129. 617/242–5601. Daily, July and Aug., 9–6; Sept.–June, 9–5.

Cambridge Tourism Office. The kiosk in the epicenter of Harvard Square is open 9 am to 5 pm daily. Volunteers know Cambridge well and recommend walks and tours. A hot line is available for other questions and planning tours. 4 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA, 02138. 800/862–5678 hot line.

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. The bureau operates visitor information centers at Boston Common and the Shops at Prudential. MA. 888/733–2678. Boston Common, 148 Tremont St., Beacon Hill and Boston Common, Boston, 02111. 888/733–2678. Mon.–Fri. 8:30–5, Sat.–Sun. 9–5. Shops at Prudential, Center Court, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 02199. 888/733–2678. Mon.–Fri. 9–5:30, Sat.–Sun. 10–5:30.

Harvard Square Visitor Information Booth (Outside main T entrance, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, 02138. 617/497–1630. Daily 9–5.)

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The office staff and website can help visitors plan side trips outside metropolitan Boston. 10 Park Plaza, Ste. #4510, Downtown, Boston, MA, 02116. 800/227–6277 or 617/973–8500.