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Greater Boston

It’s a big city, but you can cover the center on foot in just a couple of hours. And with the history of the Freedom Trail, the modern attractions of the Institute of Contemporary Art and everything in between, Greater Boston is worth exploring for a weekend, and for years to come.

Hop on the T for a quick ride to the Kennedy Library and Museum, or stay close to the water for a visit to the New England Aquarium. When you’re ready for a coffee or ice cream break, a short walk to the North End will put you in the midst of world-class dolci on Hanover Street. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum, where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize how much they’re learning.The Museum of Science, where you’ll catch fascinating exhibits — and a Duck Tour, an amphibious vehicle which takes you through the city and into the Charles River.

Just across the Charles River in Cambridge, enjoy the ethnic cuisine and plentiful bookstores of Harvard Square. If you’re scientifically minded, the MIT Museum will give you a lot to think about.

Transportation
MBTA/ Commuter Rail
This is Boston and Greater Boston’s public transportation system. It includes the subway system (the “T”), commuter trains, boat shuttles, and bus service to 78 towns and cities in Eastern Massachusetts.
$2.00 per ride – can purchase a Charlie card for multiple trips

Zip Cars
Zipcar is easier than Boston car rental and car ownership. Enter your address (or neighborhood) to find Zipcars near you. Or enter your work address or best friend’s address to view the cars in those areas. (You never know where you’ll be when you want a Zipcar!) You can also learn more about the cars, like how many groceries or friends you can fit (safely) inside.

Greyhound Bus

Peter Pan Bus

ID CARDS
International Students should purchase the I.S.I.C. card before traveling to Boston. The handbook lists many places and services offering discounts All undergraduates can obtain a Student Advantage Card

Events and Festivals

Summer:
Harborfest
Festival includes more than 220 events: walking tours, concerts, Revolutionary-era historical reenactments, visits from U.S. and foreign naval ships; harbor cruises; State House tours; guided walking tours of the North End, Boston””s underground and the Harbor Islands; treasure hunt; tour of Coast Guard ships; whale watch and dinner cruises; chowder fest; USS “Constitution” Turnaround Cruise; Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks.

Scooper Bowl
Nation”s largest Ice Cream Festival. Nine ice cream companys, ice cream eating contest, games, music. Proceeds to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

North End Italian Feasts
Enjoy the processions, street fairs, parades, bands and wonderful Italian food. Weekends June-August.

Caribbean Carnival
Street parade, costumes, music, food, and arts and crafts.

Fall:
Beantown Jazz Fest
Jazz, food, arts and crafts in Boston’s South End.

Boston Arts Festival
Visual and performing artists showcase their very best work.

Boston Open Studios
The exhibit will showcase over 40 artists from the neighborhoods of Boston. The large group exhibition will feature over 200 works of art. Paintings, photographs and sculpture will grace the galleries and hallways of Boston City Hall.

Winter:
First Night Boston
First Night features over 1000 artists in 200 exhibitions and performances in over 40 locations in downtown Boston. Oldest and largest New Year”s Eve celebration in North America; family-oriented, art-filled festivities throughout the city; live music in Copley Square; Boston Pops Symphony Hall concert broadcast live on video screens on City Hall Plaza; theater, dance, and mime performances; ice sculptures; children”s activities; parades; laser light show; First Night”s biggest-ever fireworks display over the harbor. Admission to all activities is with a $20 First Night button. Boston hotels offer First Night room and buttom packages. Buttons are for purchase at the GBCVB Visitor Center on the Boston Common. Call the GBCVB toll free at 1-888-733-2678 for details.

Beanpot Tournament
It has become Boston’s “social event of winter season.” The first two Monday nights of February in Boston are reserved for the Beanpot, an annual hockey tournament that featues Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern. It all started on Dec. 26, 1952 at the old Boston Arena. The next year the Beanpot moved to the Garden, where it has been played ever since and become the official battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.

Spring
Boston Marathon
3rd Monday in April
The oldest marathon in America and the largest single-day event in New England. Cheer the runners along the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay.

Opening Day at Fenway Park
Early April
A Boston tradition! Join the “Fenway Faithful” as they cheer on the beloved Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Major League Baseball’s oldest and smallest ballpark.

Street Performers Festival
Memorial Day Weekend The entire family will enjoy the day in Boston watching street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats and dancers on the cobblestone streets of the marketplace.
Faneuil Hall, Boston

Attractions

For Fun:
Café 929
Berkleee School of Music – night club

Museum of Science

New England Aquarium

North End Food Tour
Tour the culinary markets of Boston’s historic North End. Learn “hot tips” about America’s most vibrant Italian neighborhood. For the passionate traveler — join us on an exclusive tour of Sicily. And discover the true meaning of La Bella Vita with one of the foremost authorities on Italian food, wine and culture.

Boston Chocolate Tour
A Boston Chocolate Tour is the perfect blend of history and trivia, combined with a range of tasting simply amazing chocolates.

Newbury Street Shopping
Upscale shopping district in Boston’s Back Bay

Harvard Square, Cambridgebr> world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural and historical destination.

Fenway Park
Home of the Boston Red Sox

TD Garden
Home of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics

Ice Skating on the Frog Pond

Community Boating
The mission of Community Boating, Inc., is the advancement of sailing for all by minimizing economic and physical obstacles to sailing.

Boston Harbor Islands

Duck Tours
Land and water tour. You’ve never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who’ll be narrating your tour.

Quincy Market
Quincy Market remains one of Boston’s most visited tourist attractions and is popular with those who work in the area as a great place for a quick but tasty lunch. Seventeen restaurants and pubs can be found at the marketplace, including a few upscale restaurants and plenty of fast food. Shoppers can enjoy more than 100 stores and carts. Many peddle souvenirs and other trinkets while others offer items by talented local artisans. You’ll also find lots of apparel shops boasting recognizable names.

Franklin Park Zoo

Swan Boats – Boston Public Garden
For over 130 years, the Swan Boats have been a part of the Boston experience. As a welcome sign of Spring, they grace the waters of the Boston Public Garden, the first botanical garden in the United States. Famed in the stories Make Way for Ducklings and The Trumpet of the Swan, the Swan Boats are the only boats of their kind in the world.

For Enrichment:
Museum of Fine Arts

Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum has remained essentially unchanged since its founder’s death in 1924. Unchanged but certainly not stagnant. Three floors of galleries surround a garden courtyard blooming with life in all seasons. The galleries are filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries.

Freedom Trail
Your visit to Boston must include a walk into history along the Freedom Trail. You can start in the beginning, the middle or the end and wend your way through the streets of this very modern city — Boston — and along the paths of history. This is Boston’s indoor / outdoor history museum. There are 16 “official” sites of the Freedom Trail!

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Ballet

Museum of Afro American History
Dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

Black Heritage Trai
The Black Heritage Trail® is a walking tour that explores the history of Boston’s 19th century African American community.

Boston Children’s Museum