School and City Tours

The Greater Boston Area is home to more than 100 colleges & universities. Tours will highlight how many Boston area schools relate in urban environments, reflect their unique architecture and give an opportunity to react to programs and spaces showcased. Three tours, called Boston Blends, combine the traditions of higher education with city landmarks. Preregistration is required for all tours.

The City Tours program is an opportunity for conference delegates to explore and experience the diverse opportunities that Boston has to offer. Through tours, self guided options, and resources, the City Tours program will be designed so that participants can enjoy all the culture, history, food, and entertainment that Boston has to offer.

The School Tours program is meant to offer conference participants the opportunity to experience one or more of the institutions of higher education the Boston area offers. These tours add to the experience, by showcasing Boston's many colleges and universities. The opportunities range from walking or taking public transportation to an urban campus to taking a bus to a suburban campus. This program allows participants a chance to get off-site and network with colleagues, while also gaining ideas the can bring home to their own campus.

Self guided tour information will be available at the Conference Concierge.


All tours will depart from the Conference Concierge, Fourth Floor, unless otherwise noted.


If you are already registered for conference and would like to add one of these tours, please go to this page first.


Ye Old Boston
Saturday, March 17, 1–4 p.m.

Registration Fee: $25
Departure from Marriott at 1 p.m. with tour time 2 p.m.
Return to the hotel at 4 p.m. or stay to enjoy the area and return on your own
Take a historical walking tour of Boston's Freedom Trail and downtown neighborhoods where we explore colonial history, old Boston vs. New Boston, lore and unique stories including pop culture in the present day. This is a 1.1 mile walking tour.

Urban Experience: Emerson College + Paramount Center
Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $10  Minimum 20.
Take the opportunity to visit one school in the heart of Boston bordering the Theatre District on the edge of the Common. This tour will showcase a mixed-use building comprised of an 11 story residence hall on the upper levels, the Campus Center on the main levels (including performance spaces), and located 60 ft below street level, a regulation size basketball court and athletics facility, the deepest in the country and home to Division III sports teams. The Campus Center is named for Emerson Trustee Max Mutchnick ’87, co-creator of the Will & Grace sitcom. Additionally, a tour of the Paramount Center will be provided. The Paramount includes a renovated art deco 590–seat main theater, a 150–seat black box theater, a sound stage, the 170–seat Bright Family Screening Room, a scene/prop production shop, rehearsal studios, 4 classrooms, 6 practice rooms, 20 faculty offices, a residence hall, and a student gathering area.

**SOLD OUT**Faneuil Hall Marketplace with Lunch
Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $20
Transportation: Public (Green Line to Government Center)
Proclaimed the "Cradle of Liberty" in 1742, and next to the financial district, waterfront, North End and Government Center, Faneuil Hall should be a stop on your revolutionary trip to Boston. The marketplace serves as a destination to grab a meal at more than 14 restaurants, shop at over 100 stores, or visit famous sites such as the New England Aquarium and Paul Revere's House. Tour will include a food voucher to 25 different food destinations as well as a tasty dessert. Come experience the spirit of this historic city!

Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 18, 1–3 p.m.

Location: South Boston
Parade Begins at Broadway T Station
Come see the first St. Patrick's' Day celebration in America, starting in 1737, the Boston Parade is still one of the largest in the nation. The Celtic pride, amazing floats and culinary cuisine is sure to start your conference revolution! Parade Route Travel as a group to the parade route for a 1 p.m. start to get a glimpse at one of the oldest and largest parades in the nation. You will need to ride the "T" and purchase your ticket at the station.


University of Massachusetts–Boston
Sunday, March 18, 6–10 p.m. (Opening event for all delegates)

Free of charge as part of the opening event. No separate tour registration required.
Transportation: charter bus or MBTA public transportation options available (chose during registration)
Every conference attendee will get the opportunity to visit the UMass Boston Campus Center to tour its unique and modern design with an oceanfront view, 4-story atriums, marble, terrazo and open design. Find out how this multi-purpose facility combines student services, student life, and gathering spaces that build and encourage community interaction. 

**SOLD OUT** Boston Blend 1: Harvard Tour & Lunch at John Harvard's Brewery
Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Registration Fee: $40  Minimum 30.
Transportation: public (via green and red line)
Experience a student led tour on Harvard Life and Lore for an inside view of the history of the oldest institution of higher education in the United States and Harvard student life. The tour beings across the river from Boston in Cambridge's Harvard Square, where you might even learn about past students such as Al Gore, Tommy Lee Jones and Mark Zuckerberg. Following the tour, enjoy lunch at the John Harvard Brew House for a delicious meal!

Small Schools: Emerson College & Berklee College of Music
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30–10 p.m.

Registration Fee: $15 (includes both tours, dinner, and Charley Card)
Transportation: walk & public (via green line)
Join the Small School Community of Practice as they tour two very different small, urban campuses in the heart of Boston, Berklee College of Music and Emerson College. Located very near the Marriott hotel, Berklee College of Music will be a great example of creative use of small spaces in a small facility, and the group will enjoy a quick dinner and tour while on site. Then it's travel by "T" (Boston's public transit) to Emerson, to tour their mixed-use building comprised of an 11-story residence hall on the upper levels, the Campus Center on the main levels (including performance spaces), and located 60 ft below street level, a regulation size basketball court and athletics facility, the deepest in the country and home to Division III sports teams. It will definitely be a great evening with small school colleagues and friends.

**SOLD OUT**  Boston Blends 2: Boston University's Pub & George Sherman Union and Fenway Park
Wednesday, March 21, Noon–5 p.m. 

Registration Fee: $20  Minimum 30.
Transportation: Public (green line)
Attend this blended program and explore a few places Boston is known for, the historic Fenway Park and Boston University. Start your journey with lunch in Boston University's campus Pub, followed by a tour of the George Sherman Union. This revolutionary tour will also include admission into one of the most historic and beloved ballparks of all time, Fenway Park. Home to the Red Sox since 1912, come learn and celebrate 100 years of history, for an experience that is sure to be a Home Run!

**SOLD OUT**Boston Blend 3: Northeastern, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Museum of Fine Arts
Wednesday, March 21, Noon–5 p.m.

Registration Fee: $35 (includes lunch at Northeastern and MFA admission)  Minimum 30.
Transportation: Public (via green line)
Take advantage of the opportunity to visit two student unions and a world famous art gallery all on Huntington Avenue, just minutes from the conference site. The tour will begin with a virtual tour of the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University, an award winning facility, and include lunch at the LEED Gold Certified International Village. Then visit Wentworth Institute of Technology's newly constructed Flanagan Campus Center (opening in Fall 2012), a renovation project adding 7,000 square feet to an existing building that will accommodate dining commons, function room, kitchen and servery, as well as create outdoor green space. Finally, the tour will cross the street (Huntington Ave.) to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most inclusive art museums in the world with a collection of almost 450,000 pieces of art.

Fenway Park Tour
Wednesday, March 21st at 2:30pm-5pm
Registration Fee: $20

Participants can visit historic Fenway Park, one of the most historic and beloved ballparks of all time! Home to the Red Sox since 1912, come learn and celebrate 100 years of history for an experience that is sure to be out of the park! Limited seats available.

Lessons Learned: Building 3,000,000sf of Student Centers
Wednesday, March 21, 2:30-5:15 p.m.

Registration Fee: $7
Draw on the accumulated wisdom of over 40 years of experience in student union construction! This session is a round-table discussion of current student union leaders sharing their lessons learned while in charge of master planning, renovating/building, and operating student union buildings. Find out what they wished they knew before it all started! This is the session to ask questions about your hoals and dreams of union projectss. Ride the "T" to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus and hear from Perkins+Will about their experiences. More information.
Sponsored by Perkins+Will

Click here for a PDF version of the presentation materials.


Duck Tour from the Prudential Center
Thursday, March 22, 10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $35
Transportation: Walk outside to Lobby

Depart from the Marriott at 10:45 a.m.; tour time is 11 a.m.
Come tour by land and water! Board your DUCK, a WWII style landing vehicle and let a ConDUCKtor show you the historic city of Boston. The experience is an opportunity to see everything from the golden-domed State House and Bunker Hill to the TD Banknoth Garden and Quincy Market by land, and a beautiful view of the Charles River and Cambridge skylines by water. Length is approximate 80 minutes. More information.


**SOLD OUT** Marriott Food Service Tour
Monday, March 19, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $10

Learn about Marriott's unique culinary endeavors and hear about the Marriott philosophy.

**SOLD OUT** Marriott Behind-the-Scenes Tour 

Monday, March 19 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Registration Fee: $10

Throughout the tour, the guide will not only walk through the operations of the hotel, but also will offer a chance to meet the key directors of each department and learn about the Marriott philosophy.

Updated May 9, 2012