Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Since 1822, it served as the economic and cultural hub of New England. Over 617,000 residents inhabit this city and millions more visit each year for the chance to immerse themselves in Boston’s rich history and vibrant culture. Home to many world-class educational institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, and MIT, the Boston area is a mecca for academic excellence. In addition, Boston boasts some of the best inpatient hospitals in the world. Through museums, nightlife, restaurants, and sports teams, Boston offers all the amenities and excitement of a modern metropolitan city, while managing to maintain its welcoming atmosphere and historic roots.
Places to Visit
Newbury Street: Boston’s most captivating street offers eight blocks of world-renowned restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and shopping. With a wide variety of destinations that accommodate all ages and price ranges, Newbury Street has something for everyone. Try Stephanie’s on Newbury for a meal with a view, or just take a walk along the street to soak up all its unique charm and ambiance.
Duck Tours: Boston Duck Tours - for our more adventurous conference goers, or for those who just want to experience something a bit more out of the normal day-to-day then we heartily recommend boarding a Boston Duck Tour! Located 12 minutes away by car from the conference, Boston Duck Tours offers conference goers the opportunity to climb aboard a replica World War II amphibious DUKW vehicle for an 80 minute historical tour of Boston that may start on land, but by the end will have you cruising leisurely along the Charles River for an experience you will never forget! Fortunately ANY conference goer who would love to experience this iconic tour is capable of doing so. Should they be interested, when tickets for September go on sale in August online at https://tickets.bostonducktours.com/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=55 conference goers should buy their tickets online, and type "FFoods18" under promotional codes at checkout. If typed correctly then 5 dollars will be taken off as a token of our gratitude for attending the conference. If however tickets online sell out then you can still buy tickets for the Boston Duck Tours outside the Prudential Center in front of Star Market, located at 53 Huntington Ave starting at 8:30 AM the day of. Please note however that the discount is ONLY available through online purchases so buying them online is STRONGLY advised.
Contact Information: 53 Huntington, Boston, MA; Phone: 617-267-3825, web: https://tickets.bostonducktours.com
Freedom Trail: For a one-of-a-kind history lesson, follow the freedom trail to see 16 different historical sites. This 4 km walking trail includes museums, meetinghouses, and churches. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, or opt for a guided one depending on personal preference and time restraints.
Faneuil Hall: Located in the heart of downtown Boston, you can experience the marketplace that has been hosting shoppers since 1742. This eclectic urban marketplace lets you dine, shop, and even enjoy some of Boston’s best street performers all at once. Additionally, its location right across from the New England Aquarium allows you to see two prominent Boston attractions in one afternoon.
Museums: With its vast historic and academic roots, it is no wonder Boston holds a wide array of museums. The Boston Museum of Science features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring topics such as Cosmic Light and Nanotechnology. They also offer planetarium and IMAX shows. For those who prefer art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has collections ranging from ancient Egypt to modern American, as well as everything in between. If neither of those options interests you, there are a multitude of other museums including the Boston Fire Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum: For the conference goer who possess a desire to learn more about the life and times of one of this country’s more fascinating Presidents as well as those who were closest to him then the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the place for you! Located 24 minutes from the conference by car, this riveting tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind President has everything one could hope for from a 20-minute documentary covering JFK's early years all the way to exhibits covering everything from his nomination for the office of President, his actual presidency, his part in helping America win the race to space against the Russians, his tragic and untimely assassination in Dallas, TX and the legacy he ultimately left behind. So if you are the kind of conference goer who would love a chance to visit a place that celebrates not only the life, but the achievements of our 35th President then this is the place for you! Best news of all however: ANY conference goer who would be interested in visiting will have 2 dollars taken off your final price of admission. Just go and show them your badge and the discount will be applied right away. Don’t miss it!
Contact Information: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121, phone: 617-635-4505, website: https://www.boston.gov/parks/franklin-park
Franklin Park: Should you find yourself wanting to catch a break from the engaging lectures and presentations at the conference then attendees are welcome to go and visit Franklin Park. A wonderful yet tranquil area that offers a tremendous view of the city as well as other attractions including a zoo, public golf course, and the renowned Arnold Arboretum all within walking distance, the Franklin Park is located just 17 minutes away from the conference by car, and offers all conference goers that rare place that is not only easy to get to, but that is also where one can truly just go for a walk and clear their head after a long day.
Contact Information: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, Phone: 617-514-1600; https://www.jfklibrary.org/