About Boston

Boston … Our Revolution: Relate, Reflect, React

Boston is known by many nicknames, such as The City on a Hill, The Athens of America, Beantown, The Cradle of Liberty, or America’s Walking City. No matter what you call it, we hope you will experience Boston for yourself and explore the many things that make this city unique, including:
The Freedom Trail: Boston played an important role in the American Revolution, from the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere's ride. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route through the city, linking 18 historic sites from downtown to Charlestown.

Fanueil Hall & Quincy Market: One of the "stops" on the Freedom Trail, this area is a large "festival market." Faneuil (pronounced "fan-yule," but some residents do pronounce it "Fannel") Hall is the square-like brick building with the grasshopper weathervane on top. Quincy Market is made of granite and has a copper dome; it is home to 17 restaurants and pubs (fast food and sit-down style).

Newbury Street: This is Boston's high end shopping street. There are expensive boutiques at one end and funkier shops at the other. The street is lined with numerous cafes, making it a great place to people watch.

Beacon Hill: Elegant brownstones, gaslights, cobblestones, and local shops line Charles Street. Visit Cheers (the bar) if you must, but beware that the lines are long and the bar doesn't actually look like the one from the TV show. Across from Cheers is the Public Garden, where you can take a ride on a person-powered Swan Boat and pet the statues of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings.

The North End: The most European neighborhood in the most European of American cities. The streets are narrow with old men speaking Italian as they sit on benches, restaurants representing every type of Italian cooking, and weekend festivals during the warmer months. The North End is also home to Old North Church and Paul Revere’s house (both are stops on the Freedom Trial).

Fenway Park: This historic baseball park opened on April 20, 1912 (almost one hundred years ago) and has been home to the Boston Red Sox since. Visit the ballpark where Babe Ruth pitched, Ted Williams hit hundreds of home runs, and that is home to the “Green Monster.” Park tours last 50 minutes and include a walking tour inside the park (fee required).

Museums and Fine Art: Boston is home to more than 40 museums spanning interests from science and culture to history and science. Take a moment and visit the Boston Museum of Science, U.S.S. Constitution, Museum of African American History, or the Museum of Fine Arts. These educational landmarks span all interests and may even spark a revolution within you!

Want to learn more about Boston on your own?

Boston Tourism website Boston Trip Advisor The Freedom Trail Boston Neighborhood Map

City tours

To provide a true Bostonian experience for conference attendees, various types of tours and resources will be presented to facilitate a revolutionary conference experience.
Preconference social tours: Explore Boston with friends and colleagues on Saturday night or Sunday morning in one of the preplanned opportunities. Advanced registration will be required. Check back soon to see these offerings!
Self-guided city tours: Explore the various ways you can relate to Boston. Visit various restaurants, museums, historical landmarks, and so much more at your leisure. Maps, walking directions, options for transportation, and other resources will be available to make Boston feel like your backyard.
Planned excursions: Whether by water or land, take advantage and react to a diverse range of activities and tours designed to revolutionize your Boston experience. Check back soon to see the long trail of entertainment and educational possibilities that awaits you!

Enjoy Boston without spending a dime

There are a lot of well-known attractions in Boston that cost money—and they are worth it. But you don’t have to spend a lot of dough to enjoy a variety of interesting places that make Boston great!
It doesn’t cost a dime to walk the Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile trail, made of brick and red paint that snakes through the city, goes by historical landmarks such as the site of the Boston Massacre, the U.S.S. Constitution, and the Granary Burying Ground, where Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many others are buried.
The Boston Public Library was founded in 1848 and was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The Boston Public Library contains more than just books, Bates Hall features a majestic barrel-arched ceiling , English Oak bookcases, and carved limestone. It also contains murals by French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, American artists Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent.  


Explore Harvard Square in Cambridge (across the Charles River from Boston), home to not only Harvard University, but also to numerous street performers ready to share their talent with you! One will also find various dining and shopping opportunities.
The Public Garden and the Boston Common are located right in the heart of the city.

Boston's Emerald Necklace consists of an 1,100-acre chain of nine parks linked by parkways and waterways. This linear system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to connect the Boston Common, which dates from the colonial period, to Franklin Park, seven miles away. The Public Garden boasts more than 30 kinds of trees (pdf map). The Boston Common is the country’s oldest park and where colonial militia gathered during the American Revolution (pdf map). 


Updated Feb. 4, 2011