While you are here, take some time to explore one of the oldest cities in the United States. Boston boasts historical landmarks, museums, and is the proud home to multiple championship winning sports teams. Most of the highlights are within walking distance of the hotel.
Faneuil Hall. America’s original marketplace - built in 1742 - Boston’s Faneuil Hall is the cradle of American history and the country’s most historic shopping, dining and entertainment destination. For more than 250 years, this legendary urban marketplace has been a meeting place for the people of Boston, and once rang with speeches by Samuel Adams in the years leading to the Revolution. Four exciting places - Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market - Faneuil Hall surrounds a cobblestone promenade filled with musicians, jugglers, and magicians. Faneuil Hall Marketplace features 100 trendy shops and boutiques, 40 restaurants and pubs, events, street performers, a concert hall, and a museum that displays a historical exhibits and weapons. The Bull Market offers a fleet of 34 unique pushcarts with New England artisans and crafts. Visit www.faneuilhall.com
Boston Harbor/Harbor Walk. The largest seaport in Massachusetts, Boston Harbor has a momentous history as site of the Boston Tea Party. The 34 islands that comprise Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area offer beaches, scenic hiking trails, Civil War-era forts and one of the oldest lighthouses in the country - Boston Light on Little Brewster Island. Harbor Walk winds through Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and downtown, connecting pedestrians and bikers to the Harbor, trails, parkways, greenways, and urban attractions, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
Boston Harbor Beaches. Discover natural beauty, rich history and tranquil beaches on the 34 islands that comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Boston Harbor Beaches feature sand beaches, scenic walkways, and beautiful landscapes. Boston’s Harbor offer an array of recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, sunbathing and sightseeing. Explore the Boston Harbor Islands - listed on the National Register of Historical Places - and discover sea walls, Civil War-era forts, historic lighthouses, wood-framed cottages, and many historic structures.
New England Aquarium. One of the original aquariums of the world, New England Aquarium is an internationally acclaimed institution featuring innovative aquatic exhibits and far-reaching conservation and research programs. Overlooking the Boston Waterfront, NEQ is one of the most impressive aquariums in the country, preserving marine environments and showcasing the diversity and beauty of marine life. Play with Harbor Seals and encounter killer sharks, stingrays, and barracudas. Hop aboard the Voyager III for a whale watch cruise to Stellwagen Bank - the whale feeding grounds 30 miles east of Boston - and view whales, dolphins, sea birds and marine life. For a 3D journey to the bottom of the sea, check out the Simons IMAX Theatre featuring a giant 65’ x 85’ screen. Visit www.neaq.org.
Institute of Contemporary Art. Located on the revitalized Boston Waterfront, the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) features the most cutting-edge modern art in Boston. ICA presents impressive rotating exhibits of 20th- and 21st-century art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art and imaginative shows - from baseball to the concept of emotion. The visionary museum captures contemporary culture through stimulating films, musical performances, poetry readings, lectures and educational programs, and provides a dynamic waterfront space for experience contemporary art. Visit www.icaboston.org.
Museum of Science Boston. The world-famous Museum of Science Boston stimulates our understanding of science and technology in society. Explore natural history, computers, the human body and the world around us through 500 fascinating exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, interactive displays, activity centers, and ground-breaking experiments. Climb into a space module, see how much you would weigh on the moon, and meet a dinosaur. Some riveting exhibits include: Science in the Park, Seeing Is Deceiving and Investigate! Don’t miss the Mugar Omni Theater, which shows intense IMAX movies that bombard you with 3D images on a five-story domed screen and digital sound. At the Charles Hayden Planetarium you’ll enjoy a journey into deep space with star shows, rock-music laser shows and the interactive astronomy exhibit - Welcome to the Universe. Visit www.mos.org.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. One of the most impressive art museums in the world, MFA features an amazing collection that encompasses 450,000 works of fine art - from ancient Egyptian to contemporary American and European art. MFA presents many breathtaking and rare artistic treasures, including masters of American painting, icons of Impressionism - including one of the largest collections of Monet’s and Renoir's Dance at Bougival - Asian and Old Kingdom Egyptian collections, classical art, Buddhist temple, and medieval sculpture and tapestries. The museum’s special exhibitions, innovative educational programs and a beautiful Glass Courtyard add to the allure of this amazing art house. Visit www.mfa.org.
Boston Children's Museum. Boston's first Green museum: Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children's Museum began a "hands-on" tradition long before that phrase became commonplace. For over 90 years, Boston Children's Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Childrens Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Childrens Museum incorporates two strategies engaging families and building communities to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids. Visit www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org
Harvard University. Established in 1636, Harvard University is America’s oldest institution of higher education and one of the most historic and beautiful destinations in Boston. This elite Ivy League university is a world-leading institution of academic discovery and vision, with a long tradition of leadership and excellence in education, arts and athletics. Founded 16 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Harvard has grown to an enrollment of over 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 10 principal academic areas. Prestigious Harvard graduates include seven US presidents and over 40 Nobel laureates. At the center of Harvard’s vibrant campus, Harvard Square is a sacred place where four centuries of tradition coalesce with a cosmopolitan energy. Visit www.harvard.edu.