In Boston for a few days with a little down time? Perfect. Boston is a city not only rich in history, but also buzzing with modern attractions. While you could spend years exploring all Boston has to offer, here are some attractions we recommend for your short stay.
If you are looking for an educational experience, we recommend taking a walk on the Freedom Trail which winds through the city. Even in the Winter, Boston is a very ‘walkable’ city. The trail, which is marked by a red line, guides visitors to important sites representing Boston’s colonial history, from the beautiful Boston Common to the landmark Bunker Hill Monument. Groups can spend as much or as little time on this trail as they desire, making it a great choice to accommodate any schedule.
Another quintessential Boston experience you should check out is the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Conveniently located a short walk up the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall is a large outdoor shopping center perfect for people watching. The indoor portion, Quincy Market, is home to a food court and several restaurants.
The Common connects to Newbury Street, Boston’s premier shopping destination. While Newbury Street is known for its exclusive boutiques, it is also home to more reasonably-priced establishments that could fit into a student budget!
Walking down Newbury from the Common will take you to Copley Square, where you can find the Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the towering John Hancock Building. A short walk away from Copley Square is the Prudential Center. ‘The Pru’, as Bostonians commonly refer to it, is a large indoor shopping center filled with stores and restaurants.
A short ride on ‘The T’, Boston’s subway system, across the Charles River will bring you to Cambridge. Harvard Square is a wonderfully eclectic destination, filled with cafes, bookstores, and Harvard Yard (pronounced ‘Hah-Vahd Yahd’ by the locals).
Boston University’s beautiful and expansive urban campus is located on the south side of the Charles near Kenmore Square. Here, you can explore the University’s grounds, visit the BU Bookstore under the famous CITGO sign, or venture down the road to find historic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. If you’re a Yankee’s fan, don’t let it be known while you’re in this part of town!
If you’re in the mood for some incredible Italian food, take a walk over to the North End. You really can’t go wrong dining-wise in this part of town, where phenomenal Italian restaurants line the streets. Finish off the experience with a cannoli and an espresso from one of the quaint cafes or bustling pastry shops before heading back to committee!
If you find yourself with some extra time in Boston, you may be able to make a short visit to one of Boston’s amazing museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Museum of Science, even the Aquarium, and that’s only mentioning a few!
While you will be quite busy during the conference, we are confident that the City of Boston will meet and exceed your expectations as a destination!