Containing over 23 million items, in the form of books, CDs, DVDs and many more, The Boston Public Library is an impressive building containing impressive collections. Take a tour or peruse the holdings of the nation's first public library, which also displays the works of famous artists and sculptors.
Two MCCA-operated Boston convention centers, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, have received the rare gold standard of certification from the International Association of Congress Centres. A steady stream of huge international conventions are hosted here throughout the year.
The Chart House has been serving up delicious seafood with a beautiful waterfront view since the 1960s, when it opened shop in one of Boston's oldest still-functioning buildings. With dozens of locations around the country, its success is undeniable and no surprise at all.
Ula is on a mission to practice sustainability while delivering unique and delicious treats in addition to a varied menu of breakfast and lunch options. In their own words, they provide "soul-nourishingly delicious fresh-baked pastries, write-home-about-tasty hearty savory fare and dependably delectable coffee and tea".
Get a veritable taste of everything Bostonian cuisine has to offer in one location at Parish Cafe, whose menu is composed of items created by some of Boston's most famous chefs. Visitors should definitely take advantage of the outdoor dining during the Spring, Summer and Fall months
The modern Storyville was born out of Boston's black and white past, a past narrated by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and backed by riffs courtesy of Stan Getz and Duke Ellington in the legendary jazz club. Re-opened in 2011, Storyville today re-imagines that Red-Light District, decadent, speakeasy vibe with dining, dancing and drinks in Boston’s Back Bay.
Kings is a 24,000 square foot facility where you can find 16 ten-pin bowling lanes, a billiards room featuring Brunswick Gold Crown Table and multiple bars and lounges. You can also watch the hottest sports action on one of the six projection screens. At Kings, they also arrange karaoke nights and live music.
At 52 floors up, this in-the-clouds lounge has incomparable views embracing Boston Harbor, Back Bay, Logan Airport and the far suburbs. Hip jazz combos swing for starry-eyed dancers, and cheerful servers pour from an extensive drinks (and good wine) list. Bands play nightly from 9 to 1, and during Sunday brunch. There's no cover charge at the bar, but there's a $24 per person minimum at tables after 8 pm.
Newbury Street is Boston’s premier shopping area and has a diverse collection of shops ranging from expensive name brand stores to quirky boutiques. Starting at the eastern end of the street, you'll see more upscale shops like Chanel on 5 Newbury Street and Giorgio Armani on 22. As you head west, the stores go from posh to alternative with shops like Allston Beat at 338 Newbury, which offers faux fur and edgy skirts while blaring a hard rock soundtrack.
For two centuries, Faneuil Hall has been one of Boston’s most popular shopping destinations and is often said to attract more people than Disneyworld. Though it houses a modern shopping mall, it’s really the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, get a quick bite to eat and soak in the atmosphere.
Feeding the minds of the country’s most brilliant students is no easy task, but Harvard Square manages well as home to the Boston area’s best bookstores. Get your books where the smart kids do, at the Harvard Coop at 1400 Massachusetts Avenue – the official bookstore of Harvard University.
All flights to Boston arrive at Logan International Airport (BOS), which is located approximately 5 miles east of downtown Boston. A free shuttle is available to the nearest “T” stop – it services all of Logan’s five terminals. Taxi service to downtown is available through Back Bay Coach (+1 888 222 5299). Book taxis 24 hours in advance of your arrival or departure. Although the airport is close to the city center, traffic can make the trip last as long as thirty minutes.
The MBTA, known locally as the “T,” provides quick and efficient rail service throughout the city. Single tickets are available, as well as week-long unlimited “Visitor Passes”. Bring cab fare if you plan on staying out late, as the T stops running at 12:30am. Boston is small enough to be completely manageable by bike. Call Boston Bike Tours and Rental to make a reservation and they’ll bring the bike to you.