This is the second part of our free and exciting things to do in Boston post! There is no shortage of things to see and do in the Boston area, even for those of your attendees on a tight budget. Click here if you missed the first part >>
Gaze at the Stars
Pick out your favorite constellation at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, which offers free stargazing Wednesdays after 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter and 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer. Observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and learn some astronomy.
Taste our local beer
Sam Adams Brewery offers tours of the Jamaica Plain facility with discussion of how founder Jim Koch brews the beer. Tours and tastings are Monday through Saturday starting every half hour. Similarly, Harpoon Brewery hosts tastings every weekday at 4 p.m., with additional tastings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Enjoy Fine Arts
As part of Free Community Days, the Museum of Fine Arts offers days of free admission. The collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. Check the museum's calendar. Meanwhile, girls named Isabella get in free at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the museum also offers free birthday admission!
Tour the State House
Explore the magnificent Massachusetts State House and its golden dome. It’s a beautiful building on the inside with Italian marble and lots of paintings and antique furniture and it’s located in the historical Beacon Hill area. Tours last 45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture. Visitors can see the House and Senate Chambers, learn about the “Ladybug” and the “Sacred Cod". The tours are given weekdays and year-round.
Visit an art gallery
Last week, paintings by Rolling Stone guitarist and artist Ronnie Wood hang on the walls at Newbury Fine Arts on Newbury Street during an opening gallery reception. More than 15 art galleries showcasing a unique assemblage of contemporary artists line either side of Newbury Street. Also enjoy the hundreds of shops and restaurants that make the street a popular destination for tourists and locals.
Enjoy Modern Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art not only has a great unconventional art collection but is also very interesting for its architecture. The museum is all glass and sharp angles, a stark departure from the city’s presiding aesthetic. The rear of the museum is a cantilevered glass expanse that hovers over Boston Harbor. The museum is free on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please your ears
Listen to jazz and rock performed by Berklee College of Music’s seniors in the Red Room at Café 939. Berklee is one of the most prestigious school of music in the world. Or if you have a more classical taste, go to the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a classical performance.
Isabella Stewart Gartner Museum
Massachusetts State House
Institute of Contempory Art
Samuel Adams Brewery
Museum of Fine Arts
Cafe 939 at Berklee
Your attendees will never be bored in Boston. There are so many things to see and do in Boston and its surroundings, even for those on a tight budget! Check out the following free attractions and stay put for more.
Climb Bunker Hill Monument
Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument for unparalleled views of the Boston skyline. The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. The 221 foot (67 m) granite obelisk erected between 1827 and 1843 in Charleston.
Soak up the energy of Harvard Square
Harvard Square is not only home to the esteemed Harvard University, but also to more than 300 registered street performers. Also check out the Author Event Series, lectures, and signings at the Harvard Book Store.
Walk along the Freedom Trail
Get a real taste of history by taking a self-guided tour along all or part of the 2.5 mile trail. Just follow the red-brick or red-painted line from the Visitor Information Center on the Boston Common and enjoy the 16 historic stops along the way, including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's house, and the Old North Church.
Blink! At Faneuil Hall
Blink! featuring the music of the Holiday Pops, is a state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that has transformed every inch of America's first open marketplace. This magical new tradition uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline. This is a summer event only.
Tour the USS Constitution
The USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," cruises Boston Harbor. Take a tour of the Navy yard, exhibit hall, and oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Work out on the Esplanade
Take a sunset yoga class, a zumba class or join the run club on the Esplanade. If walking is your exercise then join a power walk through the beautiful park. The Esplanade extends for three miles along the Boston shore of the Charles River. This program is only offered in the summer.
Take a stroll along the Harbor
The Boston Harborwalk is a broad public walkway that has been highlighted by cafes, artwork, parks, museums and water taxis. You can take a self-guided tour of any part of the 40-mile path, which stretches from Charlestown to South Boston, by downloading an audio guide onto your MP3 player.
This list is a good complement to our older post “10 top Things to Do in the Boston Area in the Spring and Summer”
that you should check out if you are planning a summer event in Boston
Every year, Boston adds new venues and attractions to its long lists of things to see and do. Last year, we featured the reopening of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Here are 5 new things that your attendees will have fun doing:
Experience the Coolest Bar in Boston
Frost Ice Bar will be the first ice bar in New England and the largest in the world! It’s scheduled to open in early July at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The entire surroundings from the walls and bar to the furniture and drink glasses will be made of ice. Also featuring attractions such as ice sculptures, Frost Ice Bar will provide a unique, multi-sensory, and constantly changing experience.
Laugh on the Waterfront
Laugh Boston is a new 297-seat comedy venue scheduled to open this summer at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in South Boston. Laugh Boston will specialize in stand-up comedy on a grand scale and showcase both local and national acts, as well as offer unique corporate training opportunities. This is a great venue for group outings and is next door to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Capture the Eternal Warrior Spirit
The Samourai Armor exhibit is at the Museum of Fine Art! Go back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the Japanese Samourais from one of the best and largest collections in the world. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the Samurai warrior from the 12th through 19th centuries and examines their history.
Travel Back in Time
The Harvard Museum of Natural History recently renovated their Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery. The gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and gemstones in both rough and cut forms. The exhibits highlight new research and offer an overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its evolution. Visitors can touch specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system.
Explore Further by Boat
Bay State Cruises is introducing the Provincetown IV that was under construction since September 2012. The new ship will be sailing between Boston and Provincetown by early July. Go explore the sandy shores of Cape Cod, its beauty, beaches and fun. Provincetown is also one of the oldest artist colonies in America and has produced a large number of galleries, cutting edge theatre and unique shops.
Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum
Frost Bar Boston
Samourai Armor at the Museum of Fine Art
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Boston area attractions provide your attendees with more compelling things to see and do than any other convention city in North America. From America's history found along the Freedom Trail to world-famous museums, musical institutions, local and international cuisine, and spectator sports like the Red Sox and Patriots, Boston has it all!
Boston also stands out for its history of being home to innovators and revolutionary thinkers and has a long track record of making history—from the beginnings of the American Revolution to the beginnings of the Internet and Facebook.
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Coming to Boston for a conference or tradeshow during the holiday season? Lucky for you, you’re in the right spot! There is so much to do and see in our upbeat and busy metropolitan city of Boston.
Boston has it all and we have made it easy for you by listing the “Top 5” things to do and see while staying here during the most wonderful time of the year.
GO SKATING ON BOSTON’S FAMOUS FROG POND
Boston’s Frog Pond is located right in the center of Boston Common Park. Boston Common Park is one of the oldest and most prized public parks in all of America. The Frog Pond transforms into an ice rink in the winter where you can enjoy a day of skating. When you are done, don’t forget to grab your hot cocoa at the Frog Pond Café!
GET ALL YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE
Boston is your one stop spot for all of your holiday shopping! Enjoy an all-weather shopping experience at The Copley Place Shopping Galleries and The Shops at Prudential Center located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay. They offer more than 175 elegant stores and restaurants and are connected to the Hynes Convention Center. Boston's Newbury Street offers everything from high-end retailers to local boutiques in a unique outdoor setting that captures the neighborhood spirit of Boston. Also check out the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market where you will find over 30 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, housewares, and more.
GO SEE A HOLIDAY SHOW
This is the season to go enjoy many of Broadway’s favorite classics. The Nutcracker is back in Boston with all new sets and costumes. Considered Boston’s #1 Holiday Tradition, Boston Ballet will put on a performance you will never forget.
EXPERIENCE A TOUR OR TWO IN THE CITY
In the winter, the famous Freedom Trail Tour is transformed into a historic holiday classic that will bring you back into the Charles Dickens times. Understand how Christmas and the holidays evolved in Boston. At the end of the tour, try the famous Boston Cream Pie. History is all over Boston, and also at the Sam Adam’s Brewery Tour. Experience the entire brewing process along with samples of the many different flavors of the famous Sam Adam’s beers.
ENJOY THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is another must see. During the holidays, historic Symphony Hall is transformed to one of the most magical theatres in all of Boston. The Boston Holiday Pops is a show that Bostonians wait all year to see. If world class performing music is your thing, then purchase your tickets now!
The thrill and excitement of Boston’s attractions do not stop there. There are limitless activities all around the city. Visit our website to find out more options. Boston is one of the best cities to explore; we can guarantee you will want to come back for more!
Frog Pond on Boston Common Park
The Freedom Trail
| Boston Symphony Orchestra
Many think of Boston as a charming, historic city with a healthy helping of hometown pride. Others may think of it as a city alive with students and world-renowned medical facilities. Any way you experience Boston, there is no denying that it is a popular and accessible international destination!
In 2011, visitors from 65 countries and 25 international events were hosted in our two Boston Convention Centers: The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center. Boston Logan International Airport, which is just a few minutes from both the BCEC and the Hynes, offers nonstop service to 32 international destinations, including Tokyo, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Madrid, and Lisbon. Logan International Airport services over 125 non-stop international flights daily.
Did you know that Boston…
- Has been ranked since 2009 as a top US destination for international association meetings (1)
- Is the 11th most competitive financial center worldwide (2)
- Ranks #1 as most innovative city out of 325 benchmark cities worldwide (3)
- Ranks 10th in overall competitiveness out of 120 of the world’s major cities based on 31 indicators including economic strength, human capital, institutional effectiveness, global appeal, and social and cultural character (4)
In addition to being an industry hub, Boston is home to 12 beaches, 101 miles of waterfront, 1,500 miles of sidewalk, and 7,000 acres of green space!
Conference attendees enjoy wandering around Beacon Hill to time travel back in history, shopping on Newbury streets in the Back Bay, trying a Cannoli in the North End, or attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. No matter how you slice it, Boston offers an incomparable mix of history, culture, entertainment, and sports, which has great appeal to an international audience. Learn about our international clients and why they come to Boston by visiting our website.
(4) Economist Intelligence Unit
Source: 2011 MCCA Survey Data
Source: Boston Logan International Airport
Sources: (1) airport-technology.com (2) bizjournals.com (3) gibsonsothebysrealty.com
Last week, Boston was rated as one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. in the 2012 Condé Naste Traveler Readers’ Choice Award.
A record 46,746 readers participated in the 25th
iteration of the awards.
"Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world (our readers) pick the world's superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and cities," said Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska. "In its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers' Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop."
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Boston is indeed America's most historic and storied city. It offers an incomparable mix of history, culture, entertainment and sports, which has a huge appeal. It’s also an outstanding destination for your events as it attracts more attendees and provides them with more compelling things to see and do. Boston is easy to access, can accommodate any size event, offers impeccable services and gives you the flexibility to do your event your way!
Find out why Boston is the perfect fit for your event by visiting our website.
There are many destinations to choose from when deciding where to hold your event. We want to make it easy for you to make up your mind. Here are 10 reasons to hold your event in Boston:
1) Accessibility to Attract More Attendees
Boston offers the largest and most valuable attendee base within a two-hour travel radius of any city in the country. Boston's geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access. No city delivers faster travel times between its airport and its convention centers.
2) State-of-the-Art Convention Facilities
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is the most flexible, customer-friendly, and technologically advanced convention facility in the world. The recently updated Hynes Convention Center is the best-located major convention center in the country--right in the heart of Boston's historic district and surrounded by world-class shopping, dining, and attractions.
3) Best Hotel Solution for your Event
Our Hotel Relations Team helps you build your hotel package and is your personal liaison to the Boston hotel community. Boston Hotels provide over 35,000 rooms. Both convention centers are connected to world-class hotels.
4) Compact Size for Easy Organization
The majority of convention hotels are within a 15-minute drive of both the convention centers and Logan International Airport, and within walking distance of restaurants, shops and attractions. Getting around is fast and easy. Boston has a convenient public transportation system and is also known as "America's Walking City".
5) Award-Winning Services
All of the members of our dedicated team, which includes our building services providers, our hotel, transportation, venue and city partners, are committed to your success. Boston offers an award-winning portfolio of services to support your meetings.
6) Legendary and Historical Attractions
Boston area attractions provide your attendees with more compelling things to see and do than any other convention city in North America. It offers an incomparable mix of history, culture, entertainment and sports. Boston is America's most historic and storied city.
7) A Uniquely Rich Base of Professionals
Boston has a uniquely rich base of professionals in the most high-end vertical industries such as high-tech, healthcare, education, and finance. There are over 50 institutions of higher education in Greater Boston. Over 50% of U.S. healthcare professionals are within a 2-hour travel radius of Boston.
8) One-Stop Shopping & One Point of Contact
Your MCCA Event Manager is your single point of contact to insure that all of your building requirements are met from pre-planning through move-out and your GBCVB Convention Services Manager is your single point of contact for all of your city services needs.
9) Extensive Marketing Support
A wide range of marketing tools including hi-res photos, floor plans, promotional copy, fact sheets and more, are available online for your convenience. Our team also works with you to provide you with personalized marketing materials including customized maps and letters of support.
10) Exhibitor-friendly Participation Rules
Our participation rules give your exhibitors flexibility when setting up their booths. Exhibitors can use their full-time company employees to unpack, assemble, dismantle and pack their booth properties. They can also use their own decorator on the show floor.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Hynes Convention Center
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
, which was struck by lighting and destroyed in 2001, has been renovated and has even been expanded! The grand opening will be this coming Monday (June 26).
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center, has been the major contributor to the renovation project.
This new floating museum will tell the story of the Boston Tea Party with a combination of state-of-the art interactive technology and live historical performance with actors. The renovated museum is two and a half times larger than the original one and has two ships, the Eleanor and the Beaver. A third one, the Dartmouth, will be added in 2014. These replicas will represent the full complement of the ships that took part in the original Boston Tea Party event on December 16, 1773. In addition to the historically restored ships, visitors will be able to experience their tea chests, which include the Robinson Half-Chest, one of the two remaining tea chests from the original event.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here” in the museum’s theater. The Abigail’s Tea Room will offer the five types of tea that were thrown from the ships. The museum also includes a reconstructed 18th century tavern serving delicious fare characteristic of the period. Best of all, at the end of the tour, guests will get to recreate that historic night by throwing the tea crates overboard onto the same harbor as 239 years ago!
The museum, with its 360-degree views of the Boston Harbor and the surrounding cityscape, is also a unique venue for your events. It accommodates 125 people for a sit-down dinner and 300 for a cocktail reception.
Help your attendees travel back in time and experience the most important event that lead up to the American Revolution! It’s an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience that they will remember. Find other Boston attractions on our website.