While in Boston

Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States, is steeped in history and culture, offering a wealth of attractions that are sure to captivate American history enthusiasts and visitors alike.

August is one of the best months to visit Boston.  Here are some highlights and things to do:

Freedom Trail: This 2.5-mile walking trail takes you through 16 significant historical sites, including the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere's House, and the site of the Boston Massacre. It's a great way to immerse yourself in the city's rich history.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Explore this historic marketplace, which dates back to 1742. You'll find a bustling array of shops, restaurants, and street performers, making it a lively spot to experience Boston's vibrant atmosphere.

Quincy Market: Sample local delicacies and browse through eclectic shops at Quincy Market, located within the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It's a great place to indulge in some authentic Boston cuisine.

Boston Common and Public Garden: Relax in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the country, or take a leisurely stroll through the adjacent Public Garden, known for its iconic swan boats and lush greenery.

Museum of Fine Arts: Art enthusiasts will appreciate the extensive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, which features works spanning thousands of years and diverse cultures.

Fenway Park: Baseball fans shouldn't miss the chance to catch a game at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Even if you're not attending a game, you can take a guided tour of this iconic ballpark.

New England Aquarium: Perfect for families, the New England Aquarium is home to thousands of marine animals, including sea turtles, sharks, and penguins. Don't miss the captivating Giant Ocean Tank.

Boston Harbor Cruises or Ferry Trip to Boston Harbor Islands: Enjoy views of the Boston skyline and landmarks from the water. Harbor cruises offer a relaxing way to experience the city's waterfront and learn about its history and architecture from knowledgeable guides. Whether you're interested in a narrated sightseeing tour, a sunset cruise, or a whale watching excursion, there are plenty of options to choose from for exploring the Boston Harbor and its surrounding islands. Or take a ferry ride to the Boston Harbor Islands, a collection of 34 islands and peninsulas located within the Boston Harbor. These islands offer a unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and rich history, all just a short ferry ride away from downtown Boston.  Hike, picnic, or visit historic sites like Fort Warren while enjoying stunning views of the city skyline.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Step into the stunning courtyard of this unique museum, which houses a remarkable collection of art and artifacts curated by Isabella Stewart Gardner herself.

ICA Watershed: Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art's Watershed, a seasonal art space located in a former industrial building on the Boston Harbor. Experience innovative contemporary art installations against the backdrop of the waterfront.

The Hatch Memorial Shell is an outdoor concert venue, on the Charles River, with Art Deco architecture and a grass pavilion. It's a popular spot for picnics, sports, and sunbathing. The venue hosts free concerts, movie showings, speeches, and large events


Right in Cambridge are Kendall Square and Harvard Square, two vibrant and distinct neighborhoods, each offering its own unique atmosphere and attractions.

Kendall Square:

Kendall Square is situated adjacent to MIT in Cambridge and is a global center of innovation.  Often referred to as the "Biotech Capital of the World" due to its concentration of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, visitors can explore the Kendall Square Association's Kendall Square Initiative, which aims to promote innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the area.  known as a hub of innovation and technology, home to numerous biotech companies, startups, and research institutions.

Despite its focus on technology and research, Kendall Square also boasts a diverse culinary scene with numerous restaurants, cafés, and food trucks offering a variety of cuisines to suit every taste.

Kendall Square features a range of public art installations and hosts events throughout the year, including outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, and community gatherings.

Harvard Square:

In the heart of Cambridge, Harvard Square is best known as the home of Harvard University, one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions.

You can join a guided tour or simply wander around the picturesque grounds.  This walking tour will take you through the square, campus, art museums, Memorial Hall, and make a necessary visit to the John Harvard Statue. August is a fun time to be on campus as new and returning students trickle into Harvard Square.

Take a stroll through Harvard Yard and admire the historic architecture of Harvard's campus, including iconic landmarks like Memorial Hall, Widener Library, and Harvard Law School.

Art enthusiasts can visit the Harvard Art Museums, which house a vast collection of artworks ranging from ancient civilizations to contemporary pieces. Highlights include works by European masters, Asian art, and American paintings.

Harvard Square is renowned for its independent bookstores, including the historic Harvard Book Store and the beloved The Coop. You can also find cozy cafés and eateries where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat while people-watching.

Harvard Square is always buzzing with activity, with street performers entertaining passersby and numerous events taking place throughout the year, such as the Harvard Square MayFair and the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands.

Explore historic landmarks like the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, the Cambridge Common, and the Longfellow House – Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, which offers guided tours of the former home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Both Kendall Square and Harvard Square offer a wealth of attractions and activities, making them must-visit destinations for anyone exploring the Boston area.

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And, if you have more time to spend, before or after the conference, be sure to visit the picturesque beaches and quaint towns of Cape Cod, Provincetown or Martha's Vineyard.