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10 Things to Do in Boston This Winter for Under $25

Posted by Claire Dollander on Feb 19, 2015 1:30:00 PM

The city may be covered under a blanket of white, but there’s still lots of options—indoor and out—to keep conference attendees entertained! From museums and salsa dancing to ice skating and skiing, the Boston area offers a variety of winter attractions for less than $25.

Put Your Head In the Clouds
Visit the Prudential’s Skywalk Observatory for a  360-degree view of the city, 50 floors above Boston’s steets. The cost is $16 for adults, $11 for children, and $13 for students and seniors. The price includes an audio tour and entry into the Dreams of Freedom Museum.

Go Ice Skating
Head over to the Boston Common park to glide across the picturesque Frog Pond. Skate rentals cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Then take a stroll around the park, beautiful in the snow, and look for the renowned Make Way for Ducklings sculpture.

Explore Architecture
The Boston Public Library is a great example of Boston architecture. Take a free tour to soak it all in. You’ll learn about the work of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as other famous sculptors and painters. The tour lasts about an hour.

Go Skiing
Enjoy some night skiing after a day at the convention center by heading to Blue Hills, a 30-minute drive from downtown Boston. A weekday lift ticket from 5-9 p.m. will cost you just $25.

Take a Brewery Tour
Samuel Adams offers beer tours and tastings for a suggested donation of $2. Tours depart every 45 minutes and last about an hour. The doors open at 10 a.m. or check out the Morning Mash In Tour on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:40 a.m., a unique tour that includes a specialty tasting.

Learn about Boston Sports
Adam Vinatieri may be the kicker for the Indianapolis Colts now, but we still worship the shoes he wore during the Patriots’ first Super Bowl win at The Sports Museum. Located on the fifth and sixth levels of the TD Garden, you can also visit iconic Boston sports memorabilia such as Larry Bird’s locker or the Beanpot trophy. Admission for adults is $12, students and seniors are $6, and kids under 10 are free.

Find Your Zen
Was one of your resolutions for 2015 to try downward dog? Back Bay Yoga Studio offers classes for all levels of yogis. Regular classes are $15, or pay just $10 for 60- and 75-minute classes before 5 p.m. The studio is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, near Boston Common and most convention hotels.

Tour a Chocolate Factory
If you are a chocolate lover, it doesn’t get much better than this. Learn how Taza makes its Mexican-style organic dark chocolate and enjoy samples during a $6 factory tour. Tours last between 45 minutes and one hour.

Take a Salsa Lesson
When it’s cold outside, the Havana Club’s salsa classes offer a fun way to warm up. A $12 admission includes a dance lesson and party afterward. Beginners are welcome and you don’t need to come with a partner, a partner will be assigned to you. The teachers and dancers are great!

Enjoy Art
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection of nearly 450,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary and special exhibitions. This winter, enjoy portraits of legendary stars by Yousuf Karsh; Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and much more.

Visit the Boston Attractions section of our website for more things to see and do in and around Boston!

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Wow Your Attendees at the BCEC’s Lawn on D!

Posted by Katie Hauser on Sep 17, 2014 1:16:00 PM

We recently unveiled our newest and greenest event space at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) – The Lawn on D.  We know you and your attendees are going to love it.

At 2.7 acres, the Lawn on D is built for events of all types from receptions, to networking events to concerts or event sessions. Picture your attendees playing corn hole or bocce during an afternoon cocktail hour, or enjoying a morning yoga session that gets them engaged and activated first thing in the morning.

This week, one of our events is using the Lawn on D in two unique ways. On event days, they are encouraging their attendees to visit the Lawn on D for lunch where they can relax and use the free Wi-Fi, network, enjoy local food trucks and take a break from traditional meeting rooms.  At night, planners will utilize the built-in tent, tables and bar to host a reception.

If the lawn games, bar and complimentary Wi-Fi aren’t enough, your attendees will love our latest art installment on the Lawn: Swing Time. Swing Time is not your average swing set. It is an interactive, lighting-enabled swing set from award-winning, Boston-based architects Hoewler + Yoon. The swings are circular and glow in different colors and with different vibrancy depending on how you swing in them. Swing Time and the other six exhibits on the Lawn have been a huge hit with our events. Check out the hashtag #LawnOnD on Twitter and Instagram to see for yourself!

The Lawn on D is an experimental event space designed to bring out your creativity and engage your attendees in a unique and fun way. So tell us, how would you program your event on the Lawn on D?

For more information about the Lawn on D, or to book a site visit, visit us online at and visit the BCEC section of our website for information on the convention center.

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Explore Boston Historic Special Event Venues!

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 8, 2014 2:19:00 PM

When holding your event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center or Hynes Convention Center, you may also consider other venues for off-site entertainment. Fortunately, Boston offers a variety of cultural venues that will add a spark to your event!

Tradition runs deep in Boston, which shows in everything from its pride in its colonial past to its devotion to the Red Sox baseball and there is no shortage of group-friendly venues that showcase the city’s unique heritage. Here are 3 examples of Boston historic venues:

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum commemorates its best-known act of rebellion—the dumping of chests of British tea in Boston Harbor in 1773 to protest taxation without representation. The attraction features two authentic replicas of the ships that carried the tea, a museum with exhibits that include one of the historic tea chests, and Abigail’s Tea Room, an event space with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The venue can accommodate up to 140 people. View a photo gallery showing spaces in different configurations on the museum’s website.

Boston Public Library
With origins that make it the oldest free municipal library in the U.S., the current main building of the Boston Public Library was completed in 1895 by architect Charles Follen McKim, who intended it to be a “palace for the people”. His vision was realized in grand spaces with murals, oak wainscotings, marble fireplaces and beamed ceiling designed after the Doges Palace in Venice. View a photo gallery showing spaces in different configurations on the library’s website.

Fenway Park
History and sports come together at Fenway Park, which has been home to the Boston Red Sox since its opening in 1912. Fenway offers a variety of spaces for groups, including a spacious deck above the famous Green Monster and the left-field wall. The many space choices include luxury suites with plasma screens and indoor and outdoor seating. The venue can accommodate up to 5,000 people. View a photo gallery showing the different spaces and their floor plans on the park’s website.

There are over 350 cultural sites in Greater Boston, many with outstanding facilities that will be ideal for your event. Use our Venue Finder to browse our Boston venues.

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  BCEC and Hynes
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  Boston Pubilc Library
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12 Largest Tourist Attractions In and Around Boston (Part 2)

Posted by Claire Dollander on Apr 24, 2014 1:07:00 PM

Spring and summertime in Boston for conference attendees—the city is alive and there is so much to do in and around Boston! This is the second part of our list of 12 largest attractions in Massachusetts according to the Boston Business Journal. Click here if you missed the first part.

7) Boston Duck Tours
Taking a Boston Duck Tour is a fun way to see highlights of Boston in 80 minutes. The "DUCK" is an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. After seeing the main Boston’s landmarks, the DUCK goes right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you won't get anywhere else!

8) The Old North Foundation and Historical Church Site
Founded in 1722, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and the most visited historical site. In addition to the Old North Church, the Old North campus also includes the 1713 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, a chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, two adjoining townhouses, courtyards and gardens.

9) Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is a private, non-profit, educational institution that offers a collection of more than 50,000 items. Designed for children and families, the exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. The museum educators also develop programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health.

10) Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. The zoo opened in 1912. It contains more than 220 species of animals and includes a tropical forest with gorillas and hippopotamus, a giraffe savannah, the Kalahari Kingdom with African lions, and the Outback Trail with kangaroos among others.

11) USS Constitution Museum
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. The ship became known as Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 when it fought the British Frigate. It was restored in 1927.  Today, you can board the ship and visit the museum, which houses the largest collection of USS Constitution-related objects assembled in one location.

12) Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum presents a dramatic look at one of the most important and tragic events in American history: the Witch Trials of 1692. Visitors experience the drama of history in life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration. Live guides take them through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, and witchcraft practice today.

Visit the Boston Attractions section of our website for more information!

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12 Largest Tourist Attractions In and Around Boston (Part 1)

Posted by Claire Dollander on Mar 26, 2014 6:18:00 PM

Spring has arrived! Trees are starting to bloom, birds are on the wing, and we are excited to spend more time outdoors and explore fun cultural activities. Springtime in Boston for conference attendees—it just doesn’t get better! The city is alive and there is so much to do in and around Boston. Here are the 12 largest attractions in Massachusetts according to the Boston Business Journal:

1) Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in Downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil’s Hall Marketplace’s roots date back to 1742. The marketplace is actually four places in one location all set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain the passers-by. Over 40 food vendors serve local specialties in the marketplace and you can enjoy the nearby restaurants or shop for Boston souvenirs.

2) The Freedom Trail
Put your walking shoes on! The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads to 16 nationally significant historic sites including museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, ships, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. The red brick line connects the sites on the Trail and serves as a guide.

3) New England Aquarium
The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium. Enjoy sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, seals, seadragons, giant octopuses, moon jellies, and much more. In addition to the main aquarium building, go on a whale watch cruise or enjoy a 3D movie at the IMAX theater. Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.

4) Minute Man National Historical Park
Travel back in time! At Minute Man National Historical Park, the Battles of Lexington and Concord are brought to life through the preservation, restoration and interpretation of significant sites from April 19, 1775, when Colonists took up arms in defense of liberty and touched off the American Revolution. Along a five-mile trail, retrace the steps of the British through a restored colonial landscape and stop for a drink at the 18th century Hartwell Tavern.

5) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. The collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. It welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. The museum is affiliated with an art academy, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a sister museum, the Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts in Japan.

6) Cheers Boston
Cheers to you! Cheers Boston is the inspiration for the setting of the TV series Cheers with two Boston locations. The first one is the pub known internationally as the exterior of the bar and is on Beacon Hill, one of the most historical and beautiful neighborhood in Boston. The second pub is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and was built with a replica of the TV show set. The NBC television sitcom ran from 1982 to 1993.

Stay put for Part 2 and visit the Boston Attractions section of our website for more information.

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 The Freedom Trail
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  Cheers Boston
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7 Free Things to Do Around Boston (Part 1)

Posted by Claire Dollander on Aug 8, 2013 1:36:00 PM

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.

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5 New & Fun Things to Do in Boston this Summer

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jun 13, 2013 11:40:00 AM

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.

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 Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum
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 Frost Bar Boston
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 Provincetown IV
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Visit Cambridge While in Boston for a Conference!

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 30, 2013 2:30:00 PM

The city of Cambridge launched its new website,, where you will find everything you need to know when visiting this lively and historic city. The website features maps, directions, hotels, restaurants, stores, museums, performing arts, ongoing events, historic sites, tours and more.

Thousands of national and international visitors attend conferences at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and at the Hynes Convention Center each year. Cambridge is a prime example of what Boston’s surroundings have to offer to visitors.

Cambridge, often referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank”, has an atmosphere of its own. It’s the spirited side of Boston just a bridge away on the other side of the Charles River. Cambridge offers beautiful architecture, majestic college buildings, museums and art galleries showing an impressive range. Explore quaint passages set around the historic areas to find street performers, community festivals, independent bookstores, and international cafes. Catch a student theatrical production or enjoy all kinds of live music from internationally acclaimed orchestras to choirs and pub gigs.

Cambridge is also one of the hubs of education and technology in the Boston metro area. It hosts two world premier educational institutions: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kendall Square is the center for high tech and biotech industries and for cutting-edge innovations such as artificial intelligence and developing new drugs and treatments that save lives. Kendall Square has right now 2.5 million square feet of new life sciences buildings in the works. Big pharma companies and smaller biotechs are feeding off the innovation produced by the universities. Universities such as MIT are leading the edge of the next generation of robotics. Check out the latest robots at the MIT museum. They have a mind of their own and they are flying, swimming and scaling the walls. The toughest go to war, others can dance, and a few talk!

Make sure your attendees get to experience all of the excitement Cambridge has to offer and don’t forget to tell them to stop by the statue of John Harvard and rub his foot for good luck!

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Top 5 Things to Do this Holiday Season in Boston

Posted by Courtney McManus on Dec 6, 2012 12:04:00 PM

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.

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!                                            

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 Frog Pond on Boston Common Park
 The Shops at Prudential Center
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Rebirth of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jun 22, 2012 9:37:00 AM

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.

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