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Getting around Boston

Public transit (also known as “the T”) in Boston is cheap and effective. Traffic can be a nightmare, so we’d recommend sticking to the subway and bus system.

Uber is also a popular transportation option in Boston, and you can choose from a classic black car or an UberX, which is the same great service, just a little less expensive. Lyft is another awesome ridesharing service to get around the city, which is similar to UberX. Hailo is a great app to hail traditional taxis as well.

Things to do in Boston


There is plenty of stuff to do in Boston if you’ll be in the area a few days pre- or post-conference! The neighborhood around the conference hotel and center is known as the “Seaport.” Downtown / The Financial District, the North End, and South Boston are also nearby.

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Boston Tea Party Museum Seaport

This tour takes you through a variety of virtual exhibits, authentically restored tea ships as well as traditional Boston Museum Exhibits that are all interconnected.

Legal Seafood Seaport

An American seafood restaurant, offering the freshest and highest quality seafood, an extensive wine list and superior service.

Legal Test Kitchen Seaport

Legal Sea Foods offshoot offering inventive, eclectic surf 'n' turf in a chic atmosphere.

Papagayo Mexican Restaurant Seaport

Buzzing Mexican kitchen & tequila bar starring guacamole made tableside & stiff margaritas.

Harpoon Brewery Seaport

The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall offers a full selection of Harpoon beers straight from the source along with delicious pretzels to pair with your pint.

Institute of Contemporary Art Seaport

The Institute of Contemporary Art shares the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, and imagination that contemporary art offers.

Sam's Seaport

Stylish waterfront destination with floor-to-ceiling windows for upscale modern plates and cocktails.

Sportello Seaport

Upscale diner offering fresh pasta and homemade baked goods in modern, minimalist surrounds.

New England Aquarium Downtown

In addition to the main aquarium, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch.

Faneuil Hall Downtown

Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy the 200,000 square feet of retail and 160,000 square feet of space on Boston's iconic mixed use festival marketplace.

Smith & Wollensky Downtown

Steakhouse serving USDA prime steaks, premium seafood, and award-winning wines.

Battery Park Bar & Lounge Downtown

Wood-dominated sports bar with patio features sports on many flat-screens, beer, and New American menu.

Trade Downtown

Innovative Mediterranean plates and cocktails served in lively, modern, high-ceilinged setting.

Freedom Trail The North End

A 2.5-mile, brick-lined route, the Freedom Trail leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure.

Old North Church The North End

As Boston’s oldest church building, it was the location from which the famous “One if by land and two if by sea” signal was sent.

Paul Revere House The North End

Built around 1680, this house is the oldest building in downtown Boston. It served as the home of silversmith Paul Revere and his family from 1770 to 1800.

Antico Forno The North End

Neapolitan-style pizza and Southern Italian eats are doled out in vibrant, traditional environs.

Giacomo’s The North End

Bustling, down-to-earth pick for ample portions of classic Italian-American offerings.