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Boston

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Boston……………………………………………………………………………………………………2

Weather and Geography……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2

Advantage BOSTON…………………………………………………………………………………….2

Questions about BOSTON……………………………………………………………………………….2

Short about Sights & Activities………………………………………………………………………….6

Historic Sites and Attractions……………………………………………………………………………7

A Quick Tour Along the Freedom Trail……………………………………………………………………………………..10

Getting around…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………13

Expert Travel Tips…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..13

Nightlife…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………14

Entertainment………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….14

Best Sights & Activities:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..14

• SIGHTSEEING…………………………………………………………………………………14

• HISTORIC SITES………………………………………………………………………………15

• MUSEUMS (art, history, science)………………………………………………………………17

• PARKS………………………………………………………………………………………….19

• ZOOS, AQUARIUMS & RESERVES…………………………………………………………………………….20



Boston

Some people believe that Boston’s character is very much like London. This is certainly true for its melting pot of history and grace. Besides that, it’s eccentric and bears a cosmopolitan character. The Boston Tea Party. Bunker Hill. Old North Church. Boston offers a glimpse of American history like no other city. But while you’re walking in the footsteps of America’s founding fathers, don’t think for one minute that Boston is only about the past. Boston (600,000 inhabitants), is a modern, waterfront metropolis artfully blends contemporary architecture with colonial landmarks and lively ethnic neighborhoods. Bostonalso is also a fashionable city that has it all: shopping areas, melodrama, films, people, nightlife and many students. Hall Marketplace entertains with jugglers and street performers. Boston is meant for walking, and most of the city’s sights are contained in a surprisingly small area. Blocks of cafes, bookstores and shops beckon academic types to Harvard Square and Faneuil. Harvard University is just across the river in Cambridge. Speaking of the river and festivals, Boston on the 4th of July sports a day of music, fireworks and food. Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts, known as ‘the Cradle of American Independence’; the city houses the capitol building, with its famous gold dome (painted grey during WWII). Famous figures from Massachusetts include the Pilgrims from Plymouth, American patriots, and U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and George Bush Sr. Cosmopolitan Boston pulses with a vibrant and diverse theatre, music, nightclub and restaurant scene. Long famous for its chowders, codfish cakes, baked beans, apple pies and local brew pubs, a young generation of chefs is creating a style of cuisine unique to the region’s local bounty.

Weather and Geography

Boston is the economic and cultural hub of New England, and is located on Boston Harbor on the Northeast Atlantic Coast. Winter weather can be cold, with temperatures averaging in the high 30s, and frequent snowfall. Spring and summer weather is usually in the high 60s to low 80s, and fall days are crisp, usually in the 50s and 60s, and perfect for taking in the area’s beautiful foliage and walking through Boston’s many different neighborhoods and historical sites.

Advantage BOSTON

Advantage BOSTON is a comprehensive, national marketing campaign and service program built to show why Boston is the best convention venue on earth, bar none. Through a massive advertising, promotional, direct mail and web-based program, Advantage BOSTON tells the story about Boston’s new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (along with the Hynes Convention Center), new hotels, new transportation infrastructure, airport modernization, and more. Advantage BOSTON also embraces a whole new set of service advantages Boston has to offer for events of all kinds, including association events, trade shows and conferences, and corporate events and meetings.

Questions about BOSTON

Why should you bring your event to Boston?

Boston has been rebuilt and redesigned to be the most exciting and visitor-centric convention city in the world. The city now has the world’s best convention
facilities – over 35,000 hotel rooms that enjoy best-in-the-U.S. proximity to the airport, convention centers, and city sights – and a new transportation infrastructure that has spawned the country’s fastest travel times between the airport and the convention centers as well as between the convention centers, and the hotels.

Want more attendees? Boston offers the largest and most valuable attendee base within a two-hour travel-time radius of any city in the country. It has a uniquely rich base of professionals in the most high-end vertical industries – high-tech, medicine, higher education, finance, and more. Boston’s geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access. Holding your event in Boston gives you your best chance to maximize attendance quantity and quality.

Add in Boston’s unsurpassed history, culture, and surrounding natural beauty, and you have a destination with more positive attributes to host your event than any venue anywhere.

Will Boston attract my event attendees?

Boston offers the largest and most valuable attendee base within a two-hour travel-time radius of any city in the country. Greater Boston itself has a uniquely rich base of professionals in the most high-end vertical industries including:

768,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s five leading industries of financial services, healthcare, high technology, education and consulting and the visitor industry.

141,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s financial services industry.

198,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s health care industry.

218,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s high tech industry.

127,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s higher education and consulting industry.

84,000 professionals working in Greater Boston’s visitor industry.

Boston’s geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access. Bottom line: holding your event in Boston gives you your best chance to maximize attendance quantity and quality.

What convention facilities does Boston have to offer?

Boston boasts the best and most diverse lineup of convention facilities in the country. These include the brand-new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center; the Hynes Convention Center; the World Trade Center; the Bayside Convention Center; and many outstanding hotel venues. We have the right facility for your event.

What is the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)?

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is the world’s most spectacular, customer-driven convention facility. Located in Boston’s Seaport District, less than a ten-minute drive from Logan Airport, the BCEC features 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 84 meeting rooms, a 40,020 square foot ballroom overlooking the city skyline and Boston Harbor, and a world of customer amenities and specifications. Even the architectural design of the BCEC reflects a unique, innovative and customer-centric approach. The features and benefits of the facility incorporate input from virtually every corner of the meetings and convention industry, including meeting planners, association and corporate executive, national and international trade show producers.

What is the Hynes Convention Center?

The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center is a high-tech, state-of-the-art convention facility located in the heart of Boston’s beautiful and historic Back Bay, just steps away from dozens of the city’s most popular hotels and attractions. The facility features 360,000 square feet of space (all of which is fully handicap accessible), including 193,000 square feet of exhibit space and 38 dedicated meeting rooms.

I understand Boston has a large hotel inventory to accommodate even very large events. How do I reach the appropriate parties to get space?

Yes, Boston has over 35,000 hotel rooms. No other city offers more hotels in such close proximity to its major convention centers. Furthermore, Boston’s hotels are situated within easy walking distance of the city’s restaurants, shops and landmarks. As for accommodating large events, in the summer of 2004, Boston hosted the Democratic National Convention, an event that required over 18,000 hotel rooms in the city. That example is proof positive that the growth of Boston, including its ongoing addition of more hotels, puts it in position to host events of any size and scale.

How does ground transportation in Boston work?

The Big Dig is complete – and it’s easier to get around Boston than ever before. Travel times are less than any other major venue in the country. It’s only 8 minutes from the airport to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and only 12 minutes from the new center to the Hynes Convention Center or Back Bay hotels. The Ted Williams Tunnel now connects the airport to major roadways north, south and west of the city. The Boston transformation is further enhanced by the modernization of Logan Airport. Of course, Boston remains “America’s Walking City,” and event attendees and other visitors will continue to enjoy the city by foot, with easy access to restaurants, shops and landmarks.

What kind of airport support do I get if I use Boston?

Boston’s Logan International Airport is a major national and international gateway. No city in the country has faster travel times from the airport to its convention centers.
time from Logan Airport to the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is 8 minutes. Travel time from Logan Airport to the Hynes Convention Center is 12 minutes. Logan Airport has recently been modernized and refurbished to enhance the user experience, including the world’s most advanced airport security program.

Logan is in the process of receiving $4.4 billion worth of enhancements. A new International Gateway will give world travelers a great first impression of Boston. Separate arrival and departure roadways – and completed walkways that connect all airport terminals – make travel easier and more convenient for Logan passengers. Also included is a new $146 million in-line baggage screening system, one of the first in the nation, that improves security without compromising speed, capacity and convenience.

Some other highlights of Logan International Airport include:

• Logan is the nation’s eighteenth busiest airport and the world’s thirty-fourth busiest airport based on passenger volume.

• It is New England’s largest transportation center: Serving more than 23 million passengers, Logan handles over 1 billion pounds of high value cargo and mail, employs over 15,000 workers and stimulates the New England regional economy by approximately $6 billion per year.

• Logan Airport has five passenger terminals, each with its own ticketing, baggage claim, and ground transportation facilities.

• There are eighty-four gate positions at Logan that are available for both scheduled and non-scheduled service.

What are the restaurants like in Boston?

Diversity, ethnicity, and proximity are the hallmarks of the Boston restaurant scene. The Seaport District, home of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, has some of the most famous waterfront seafood restaurants in the country. Back Bay, home of the Hynes Convention Center, offers a dynamic range of restaurants from steakhouses to sidewalk bistros. Event visitors have hundreds of restaurants within easy walking distance, with prices to suit all budgets and tastes. Boston is one of the great cities of North America for global variety, with an ethnic rainbow of cuisine covering everything from the Chinese food in Chinatown and the Italian specialties in the North End, to Thai, French, Latin American, Caribbean, African, Hungarian, Russian, Indian and more. The seafood, of course, is among the freshest and best in the world, with lobster and New England clam chowder visitor favorites.

What’s the best way to get around Boston?

Known as “America’s Walking City,” Boston is a compact city that puts its convention facilities and most hotels and restaurants within easy walking distance for most visitors. Another great way to get from place to place is the “T” — the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) – which includes subways, elevated trains, and trolleys along four connecting lines. The new Silver Line will offers quick and convenient public transportation to and from the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Hynes Convention Center is just steps away from two Green Line stations – Copley Square and Symphony.

What else is there to do in Boston?

Boston is unrivaled when it comes to offering visitors a dynamic combination of historic, cultural, entertainment and special-destination options. The history is everywhere – along the famous Freedom Trail, and stretching from the Samuel Adams statue at Fanueil Hall to the gas-lit neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Boston is home to two of the world’s most famous musical institutions, the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, as well as great museums and universities such as Harvard and MIT. Entertainment reigns in one of the country’s most vibrant theater districts, at nightclubs all around the city, and from some of most storied sports teams anywhere, including the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.

Short about

Sights & Activities

Boston is meant for walking. This is a remarkably compact city whose labyrinthine streets will delight the stroller, although they can — and often do — push drivers over the edge. When it comes down to sights, Boston is probably everyone’s cup of tea. It is the cradle of the ‘Boston Tea Party’ which resulted in the formation of the first continental congress. The city is packed with museums dedicated to historical events that took place in Boston or its vicinity. Take for instance the ‘African Meeting House’ which is the oldest black church in America. The oldest commissioned warship in the world, the U.S.S Constitution, resides in Charleston Naval Yard.Herman Melville wrote his classic ‘Moby Dick’ in these surroundings and Charles Dickens wrote a majority of „A Christmas Carol“ in a hotel in Boston. Memorial sites, parks, the harbour….. Boston is a marvellous place to explore.

One of the joys of wandering Boston is absorbing the character of each neighborhood. The redbrick elegance of Beacon Hill’s narrow streets sends visitors back to the 19th century. In contrast, the Boston Common exudes an attitude that is for, by, and of the people. The startling contrast of old and new side by side is nowhere more evident than in the Old West End. Bostonians love to hate the bleak architecture of Government Center, home of City Hall. The North End is Boston’s haven for Italian restaurants and cafés. Charlestown, home to the Bunker Hill monument and the USS Constitution, remains predominantly
Irish-American.

Many historic sites remain in the thoroughly Manhattanized downtown; a number of them have been linked together to make up a fascinating section of the Freedom Trail. The Back Bay is a living museum of urban Victorian residential architecture. The South End’s redbrick row houses in various states of refurbished splendor are home to a polyglot mix of cultural and ethnic groups. Funky Kenmore Square is a favorite haunt for college students, and hope springs eternal for a World Series pennant at Fenway Park.

“The People’s Republic of Cambridge“ sums up this independent city west of Boston. Cambridge not only houses two of the country’s greatest educational institutions — Harvard and MIT — it also has a long history as a haven for freethinkers, writers, activists, and iconoclasts of every stamp. Like Boston, it is a city of neighborhoods; the rarefied air of Harvard Yard and the mansions of Brattle Street are within a mile of the ethnic enclaves in Central Square and East Cambridge. The Boston area’s more than 300,000 students ensure a thicket of cafés, record stores, music clubs, street-chic boutiques, and bookstores.

Historic Sites and Attractions

Revered Places

One of Boston’s most famous residents is honored at the Paul Revere Mall, behind the Old North Church. Cyrus Dallin’s landmark statue of Revere dominates the entrance to this neighborhood park. Not far away (and also along the Freedom Trail), the Paul Revere House is the oldest structure in Downtown Boston. This restored house was built around 1680. Revere purchased it in 1770 and owned it for 30 years; today, it is one of the country’s most visited historic house museums.

Home-style History

Boston has a number of homes that were occupied by some of this country’s most illustrious historical figures. George Washington stayed at the 1759 house now known as the Longfellow National Historic for nine months during the British siege of Boston, but poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of Hiawatha, Evangeline and “Paul Revere’s Ride,” later lived at the house much longer, residing here from 1837 until his death in 1882. The house is long gone, but the location of Benjamin Franklin‘s Birthplace is commemorated with a bust of the great American statesman and philosopher. Franklin lived in the house until he was 17, when he moved to Philadelphia. With its classic architecture and elegant furnishings, the 1796 Otis House Museum epitomizes high Federal style in Boston at the turn of the eighteenth century.

Center of Action

One of the country’s top attractions, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is filled with colorful people, whether it’s street performers vying for attention, shoppers buzzing from store to store or diners chatting over a meal. The marketplace is fronted by historic Faneuil Hall, the “cradle of liberty,” which was built in 1742 by wealthy merchant Peter Faneuil, then rebuilt and expanded to its present size in 1805. The centerpiece of marketplace activities today, however, is 176-year-old Quincy Market, a fine example of Greek Revival architecture. It’s flanked by two more market buildings, the North and South markets. A food court, shops, restaurants and entertainment keep the area lively day and night.

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