MOTT looks forward to continued growth in tourism with new sites,
transportation and events
BOSTON – February 12, 2014 – Massachusetts is constantly changing with contemporary developments while retaining its old fashioned, New England charm. Below are just a few of Massachusetts’s attractions scheduled to pop up in 2014. Hop aboard the oldest commercial ship for its 38th voyage , explore and savor Boston’s newest dishes in 2014, visit a new exhibit or enjoy a good laugh, Massachusetts has plenty of new attractions, renovations and events to visit.
Off to the Museum
Museum of Science
Boston’s riverfront science museum will debut Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, a new $11 million, 3-story gallery, exhibit space and special event space to open in late 2015. The 5,000 San Francisco space designed by legendary Cambridge Seven Associates will feature 50-foot windows, fish and animal habitats, plant exhibits and outdoor garden space. Construction began in 2013. mos.org
The Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery was recently renovated and features a spectacular array of stunning minerals and intriguing rocks from the collections of Harvard’s Mineralogical and Geological Museum, some of which will be on public display for the very first time. Visitors will come face to face with rock and mineral specimens that date back to beginning of our solar system and trace the dynamic history of Earth. hmnh.harvard.edu
Traveling to and around MA
A new LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified $310 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRac) project at Logan International Airport will open late September making it easier and faster for visitors to pick up their rental car and improving overall traffic at the airport. The new unified shuttle bus system includes fuel-efficient hybrid buses to drop shuttle bus vehicle miles and airport-related emissions.
Straight to the South Shore
SEASTREAK ferry service has developed a new, daily motor coach connection from Boston’s South Station to the SEASTREAK terminal in New Bedford. The service is available mid-May through mid-October.
Hop aboard The Beaufort Princess for a lunch brunch or dinner cruise. Group tour menus are available for up to 300 passengers. Sail the waters of Gloucester Harbor and Massachusetts Bay while dining or celebrating. The new ship will depart daily offering spectacular views and life entertainment. Cruiseportgloucester.com
Assembly Row will open in the spring as part of a $1.2 billion project. Assembly Row is Boston’s newest premiere-brand outlet retail, dining and entertainment village including over 50 premiere outlet stores, a hotel, residences and a waterfront amphitheater. assemblyrow.com
Bringing out your inner child at LEGOLAND
Assembly Row will be home to the $2.8 million LEGOLAND Discovery Center, a 44,000-square foot indoor facility. LEGOLAND broke ground last October and will open May 2014. Assemblyrow.com
Castle Island Brewery
Castle Island started making craft brews in 2011. In 2014, they will make a new home for their brewery with a production facility, visitor and touring center complete with sampling, event space and store in South Boston. castleislandbeer.com
Laugh Boston is a new 297-seat comedy venue that has opened at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in South Boston. It will specialize in stand-up comedy on a grand scale and showcase both local and national acts, as well as offer unique corporate training opportunities. laughboston.com
Dirty Water Distillery
This craft distiller of rum and other fine spirits began on the South Shore at a family gathering. Although they do not have traditional hours to visit the facility, their motto is “if the steel door is open, come on in!” Tours are available by appointment. Their spirits include “What Knot” artisanal white rum, “Velnias” spiced honey liqueur and a gin on the way, focusing on high quality ingredients. Dirtywaterdistillery.com
Gloucester Schooner Festival
Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary in August 2014. There were almost 2 dozen schooners participating in the Labor Day weekend events. Festivities include boat tours, open houses at the maritime museums and Coast Guard station a maritime festival. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net
Voyaging in New Bedford
New Bedford, MA
The Charles W. Morgan will take its 38th voyage on the sea in 2014 arriving in New Bedford June 28 – July 6. The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. This voyage falls at the same time as the New Bedford Folk Festival, Cape Verdean Recognition Week and Parade, Buzzards Bay Swim, Fishing for a Cause Tournament and the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. whalingmuseum.org/programs/charles-w-morgan
Merrill & Co.
Merrill & Co. will open on apple Street in the South End in the spring of 2014. The team behind jm Curley in Boston and chef Jason Cheek (formerly of KO Prime in the Nine Zero Hotel) has planned for the restaurant to serve “New England fare with a focus on local seafood.” Kevin Mabry, winner of Eater’s Bartender of the Year, will be the beverage director.
A French restaurant from Mistral co-owner Seth Greenberg will open in Boston’s new hottest neighborhood, Fort Point. This 11,000-square-foot Parisian bistro will have 240 seats over two floors including a private function space, bar area and intimate dining room. www.facebook.com/BastilleKitchen
Wink and Nod
Upcoming craft cocktail speakeasy will open in early February in the South End of Boston. This new nighttime venue will feature a craft cocktail program and dinner menu that encourages sharing.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates close to $1 billion in state and local taxes and $16.9 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 124,700 in-state jobs. massvacation.com
For more information, contact:
Lisa Simmons, Director of Communications
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Molly Kravitz, Public Relations Manager
Mobile # 317-919-5252 ~ Office # 617-521-5431