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Activities

Tours

There are a number of ways to soak up all of Boston's historical offerings. Set off on your own or try one of these tours:

Boston by Foot
This group provides guided walking tours. You can stick with the classic tour or choose from their themed offerings, like "The Dark Side of Boston" or "Grave Undertakings: Death in Boston."

Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walking trail delineated by a brick or painted red line on the sidewalk. The trail begins in the Boston Common and takes you past famous cemeteries, through the North End past Paul Revere's house, and over to Charlestown where you can visit the USS Constitution. Follow it on your own or take a guided tour led by an 18th-century costumed guide.

Duck Boat
Most Boston residents will tell you to hop aboard a Boston Duck Tours duck boat for a fun tour of the city. You will receive a narrated tour from the comfort of a WWII style amphibious landing vehicle that will take you around the streets of Boston before plunging right into the Charles for a cruise down the river. Boston Duck Tours have three departure locations: The Prudential Center, Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium (nighttime abbreviated tours).

The New England Aquarium
The world-class New England Aquarium is located within walking distance of the meeting hotel and allows visitors to get up close and personal with the seals and penguins during their public feeding time. The 200,000 gallon Ocean Tank, filled with a variety of species, is surrounded by a walkway that spirals down, allowing visitors access to 52 windows that offer views from every angle and level. And make sure to check out the Amazing Jellies exhibit.

Fenway Park
If you arrive in Boston early, catch a game! The Red Sox will be playing the Rays on June 18 and 19 at Fenway before heading out of town on June 20. If you don't have time for a game, but still want to see Boston's famous Fenway Park for yourself, the park offers daily tours; tickets are available for purchase day of at the Gate D Ticket Booth, located on the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street.

Museums

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Considered one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston boasts nearly 450,000 works, with collections spanning both centuries and continents. The MFA has a collection geared toward every interest, from "The Ancient World" to "Musical Instruments" to "Textiles and Fashion Arts" and everything in between. Don't miss its current Samurai exhibit!

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Located just a few blocks from the MFA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a feast for the senses. Over 2,500 pieces of art adorn a converted 15th-century Venetian-style palace overlooking a beautiful courtyard. Featured artists rangefrom Rembrandt and Michelangelo to Manet and Degas. Free membership to those under 18 and anyone named Isabella!

Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
If contemporary art is more your style, the ICA is less than a half-mile from the Seaport Hotel. Browse the ICA's collection of contemporary paintings, sculptures and multimedia pieces in a building situated over the Boston Waterfront. Maybe we'll see you there on Saturday night for Harvard University Press's Centennial reception!

Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress St.
For some family fun, check out the Boston Children's Museum. Explore Dolls & Dollhouses, the Natural History section, and the Native American Collection among many others. Hands-on projects are also an option in areas like the Construction Zone and Art Studio.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
306 Congress St.
For an interactive historical experience, visit the floating Boston Tea Party Museum. Hop on board the Tea Party Ships and join live actors for an hour-long recreation of one of the most pivotal moments in American history.

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Whether you're interested in the butterfly exhibit, the Triceratops skeleton, catching an IMAX movie, or simply taking a walk on the musical staircase, the Museum of Science has something for everyone.

USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22
Devoted to preserving the legacy of the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel, this museum offers hands-on exhibits to learn about an important part of the Revolutionary War. After exploring the museum, step on-board "Old Ironsides" herself!

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Natural History Museum presents the collections of its three parent museums, and includes the stunning Blaschka Glass flowers collection: life-size models of 847 plant species, with remarkably accurate anatomical sections and enlarged flower parts. The Blaschka glass work also extends to the Museum of Comparative Zoology, which features the Blaschka Glass Invertebrates collection: approximately 430 glass models of marine and terrestrial invertebrates.

Take a Walk

WalkBoston has some handy walking maps on their website, including a map of nearby routes and estimated walk times.

The Charles River Esplanade
This long and winding 3-mile public park runs along the banks of the placid Charles River. Jog, walk, or sit on a bench and enjoy a lemonade as the sailboats float past.

Boston Common/Public Garden
Located in the heart of Boston, the Boston Common and adjoining Public Garden are a favorite spot for relaxation and recreation. On a hot day, dip your toes in the Boston Common Frog Pond or walk over to the Public Garden to check out America's first public botanical garden. Riding on one of the swan boats is a Boston tradition. First established in 1877, the swan boats provide a peaceful and picturesque 15-minute cruise through the Public Garden lagoon.

Boston HarborWalk
Situated right near the meeting hotel, the HarborWalk is the best way to experience Boston's waterfront. Take in the scenic harbor views on this inviting public walkway, which is accompanied by parks, public art, and seating areas.

Ride a Bike!

Hubway
Hubway is Boston's successful and convenient biking share program. For visitors, a 3-day or 24-hour pass are available, and grants access to over 100 stations and 1,000 bikes throughout the city. Pick up a bike at one station, take a ride, and drop it off at another station!

Theater & Live Music

BosTix
Visit the BosTix booths, located in Faneuil Hall and Copley Square, for half-priced, day-of-show tickets. Ticket pricing and inventory change daily. If available, be sure to catch the renowned Boston show, Blue Man Group.

Art Market

SoWa Open Market
460 Harrison Ave.
The market is located outdoors in the vibrant SoWa district in Boston's South End and includes an extensive arts and crafts section with a rotating group of indie makers and designers, an award-winning farmers' market and a collection of the yummiest food trucks around. Open every Sunday, 10am-4pm.