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Back BayCredit: Kyle Klein

Public GardenCredit: Kyle Klein

Liberty Skipper

Credit: Kyle Klein

Attractions

Come early or stay late to enjoy all Boston has to offer or plan ahead and visit some of the nearby locations in Massachusetts like Cape Cod, Plymouth, Salem, Concord and more.

Boston Area
Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) - The Red Sox will play home games on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 vs. the Yankees. You can also tour Fenway Park. NASBO is not coordinating an outing; we recommend booking tours or tickets early as both will sell out.

Black Heritage Trail - 1.6-mile walking tour that explores the history of Boston's 19th century African American community.

Boston Children's Museum - interactive museum featuring giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New Balance Climb," which teaches kids the laws of physics while navigating through a two-story-high maze.

Boston Common - America's oldest park; history and map

Boston Harbor Islands National Park - hop on a ferry and enjoy outdoor recreation and other events.

Boston Public Garden - beautiful gardens, Swan Boats, and bronze statues of ducks from the classic children's book Make Way for Ducklings.

Boston Public Library - famed architecture makes this library a must see; visit on your own or take a daily public tour.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Throw tea into the harbor and reenact the start of an American Revolution.

Bunker Hill Monument - a 221-foot tall obelisk built entirely from quarried granite in tribute to the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Cheer's Bar - Beacon Hill - originally named the Bull and Finch Pub, this is the bar that inspired the TV show Cheer's. Go where everybody knows your name.

Copps Hill Burial Ground - dating from 1659, the British also used this vantage point to train their cannons on Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. (Freedom Trail)

Faneuil Hall - Revolutionary-era meetings and protests took place in this hall which also has a marketplace. (Freedom Trail)

Fort Independence Park and Castle Island - tour the fort or enjoy sunbathing/swimming at a nearby beach.

Franklin Park Zoo - park includes gardens, zoo and an arboretum.

Freedom Trail - 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.

Institute of Contemporary Art - Waterfront museum featuring leading visual contemporary artists.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - View amazing art and learn the history of the 13 pieces of art valued at half a billion dollars that were stolen and remain the largest unsolved art heist.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Dedicated to preserving and providing access to the legacy of the 35th President of the United States.

Massachusetts State House - Docents offer free 45 minute walking tours of the building and collections from 10:00am — 3:30pm. Call 617-727-3676 for more information.

Museum of African American History - "New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans."

Museum of Fine Arts - The collection encompasses nearly 450000 works of art.

Museum of Science - Revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows.

Newbury Street - Eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and dining.

New England Aquarium - Get up close to thousands of animals including

Old South Meeting House - Historic Congregational church building that gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party.

Old State House - "Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States."

Otis House - Tour Otis House to learn about the Federal era and the later history of the house that later served as a clinic and a middle-class boarding house.

Paul Revere House - Tour Paul Revere's house and exhibits on his famous ride and his business ventures.

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery - tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Skywalk Observatory - 360 degree views from 700 feet above the street.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum - interactive museum and access to two historic ships.


Nearby Destinations
Note: During summer's high tourist season, many of the destinations below will likely require advanced reservations for hotels, transportation, etc.

Cambridge - Home to Harvard University, MIT and more; located 5 miles from hotel.

Cape Cod - Quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, bay and ocean beaches.

Concord - The scene of the first battle of the American Revolution in 1775, now visitors enjoy historic sites, shops and restaurants.

Martha's Vineyard - Island south of Cape Cod; harbor towns and lighthouses, beaches.

Plymouth - site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620, Plymouth Rock, a boulder marking the place where settlers are thought to have landed on shore and The Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic.

Provincetown - Beach town at the tip of Cape Cod; accessible via ferry from Boston.

Salem - Waterfront town famous for its 1692 witch trials; accessible via ferry from Boston.

Weather

Daytime highs are in the low-80’s. Evenings are usually in the low-60's. A light jacket is recommended for the evenings. Rain is minimal during the month of August.

 

Restaurants

The following restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel or are a short taxi ride away. Restaurants in bold are recommended by Massachusetts budget office staff.


Within 1/4 mile - Seaport District
Breakfast
Capiz - in the Renaissance hotel
Cosi - sandwiches
J. Pace - deli

Lunch & Dinner
75 Liberty Wharf - american
Cosi - sandwiches
Del Frisco's - steakhouse
J. Pace - deli
Larry J's BBQ Cafe - BBQ
Legal Harborside - seafood
Legal Test Kitchen - seafood
Morton's - steakhouse
No Name - seafood
Rosa Mexicano - mexican
Temazcal Cantina - mexican
Tony C's - sports bar
Yankee Lobster - seafood

Within 1/2 mile - Seaport District
Breakfast
Better Bagels - bagels
Gather - american; brunch
Juice Press - smoothies
Lucky's Lounge - american; brunch
Sorelle - cafe/bakery
Tatte - cafe/bakery; brunch

Lunch & Dinner

Aceituna - mediterranean
by Chloe - vegan
Chipotle - mexican
City Tap House - american
Empire - asian fusion
Gather - american; brunch
Oceanprime - seafood/steak
Row 34 - seafood
Shake Shack - burgers
Strega Waterfront - italian
Sweetgreen - salads
Tikkaway - indian
Trillium Brewery - american/bar
Wagamama - japanese

Within 3/4 mile - Seaport District
Breakfast
b.good - american/burgers
Flour Bakery - cafe/bakery

Lunch & Dinner
b.good - american/burgers
Barking Crab - seafood
Bastille Kitchen - french
Committee - greek
Luke's Lobsters - seafood
Mastro's Ocean - seafood
Oak and Rowan - american
Pastoral - pizzeria/italian
Tuscan Kitchen - italian

Best of Downtown Boston (including North End & Back Bay)
Cheer's Beacon Hill - american pub; where everyone knows your name
Abe & Louie's - seafood/steak
Atlantic Fish Company - seafood
Bar Boulud - french
Bukowski’s Tavern - american
Buttermilk & Bourbon - southern
La Famiglia Giorgio's - italian
Strega - italian
Yvonne's - american