Top Ten Things To Do in Boston

A Highly Subjective List, Created for EclipseCon Attendees

Boston is a major U.S. city, but it's also compact, clean, and easily navigable. Its 600,000 inhabitants are a hyper-educated lot with an appreciation for good food, art, and the city's unique place in American history.

It's a great city for walking, and many of the places listed below are within an easy walk of the Seaport. For venturing further, travel like a local and take the T.

1. Restaurant Week

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EclipseCon is happening during Restaurant Week! Participating in Restaurant Week Boston is simple. Use the search tools on the Restaurant Week website to find a participating place, make a reservation, and enjoy an excellent meal at a special price.

If you want to stay close to the conference venue, choose "South Boston / Seaport District" from the "Search by Neighborhood" drop down menu.

2. Montreal Canadiens vs. the Boston Bruins

Need we say more? At the TD Garden, Wednesday, March 27, 7:30pm. Buy tickets online here. If you can't make that game, the Bruins play the Maple Leafs on Monday, March 25 (tickets here).

3. Boston Harborwalk

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You'll feel almost immersed in Boston Harbor while at EclipseCon, but the Harborwalk provides another way to enjoy the water while getting from point A to point B in the city.

The conference venue is on Commonwealth Pier, part of the Harborwalk.

4. Freedom Trail

The official Freedom Trail is all about Colonial Revolutionary Boston, and has 16 stops spanning most of the city, from Boston Common, to Beacon Hill, through the North End, and ending in Charlestown.

Famous sites along the way include the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall.

For Freedom Trail "lite," see this site.

5. Beer

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Boston is a beer town, and these two breweries are both world-famous and popular with locals. Harpoon Brewery is a 10-minute walk from the Seaport; check here for Beer Hall hours.

Samuel Adams Brewery is in Roxbury, about 15 minutes from the Seaport via taxi or 40 minutes via public transport (20 minutes to walk to the State Street T station, then 15 minutes on the T).

6. Boston Common and Boston Public Garden

Boston Common is the oldest park in the U.S, dating from 1634. The adjacent Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the U.S., was established in 1837. These two sites show how 200 years changed the expectations for public spaces. The Common is pastoral (think sheep grazing and public hangings), while the Garden is decorative (think Swan Boats).

Here's a cool historial map of Boston Common.

Nearby sites include the Boston Public Library and Copley Square. For hiking, running, or biking, check out the Charles River Esplanade.

7. Harvard and MIT

There are over 50 universities in the Boston area, and Harvard and MIT are arguably at the top of that list. Both schools are located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston proper. You can take a tour or visit museums at either university, or just hang around Harvard Yard.

8. Institute of Contemporary Art

This excellent museum hangs over the harbor and is just a five-minute walk from the Seaport. It's open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

9. Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

The observatory on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower boasts a 360-degree view of Boston. Rent an audio guide to help identify what you're looking at below. We recommend the view at sunset! The last elevator leaves the ground at 9:30pm.

10. New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is undergoing renovation, but it's open to the public and offering lower "construction pricing." Another plus: it's a 20-minute walk along the harbor from the Seaport Hotel to the aquarium (see Harborwalk, number 3 in this list).

Boston Travel Websites

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