While we’ll all have to wander the exhibit hall trying not to make eye contact with pushy vendors pushing yet another stress relief ball and abusing our livers at after parties. Here is a top ten list of things to do on your free time:
TD Banknorth Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
Since its grand opening in 1995, more than twenty-four million people have come to the TD Garden to see the arena’s famous tenants, the NHL’s Boston Bruins, NBA’s Boston Celtics, and NLL’S Boston Blazers, as well as world-renowned concerts, sporting events, family shows, wrestling, ice shows and so much more. The state-of-the-art Boston tourist attraction is a year-round, 19,600-seat arena, fully equipped with three (3) private restaurants – Banners, Legends and The Premium Club restaurants, 90 executive suites, 1100 club seats, a multi-million dollar video scoreboard (Garden HDX) and complete 360-degree LED technology.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4 South Market Building 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
In the heart of Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is adjacent to historic Faneuil Hall and is bordered by the financial district, the waterfront, the North End, Government Center, and Haymarket. It is a well-traveled part of Boston’s “Freedom Trail” and essential component to your list of things to do in Boston. The Marketplace is a five-minute walk to the New England Aquarium, The Children’s Museum, The Old State House, and Paul Revere’s House.
New England Aquarium
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation and family fun Boston attraction. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
145 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country and ideal for Boston sightseeing. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The “Common” has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common.
Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114-1000
The mission of the Museum of Science, Boston is to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the staff, volunteers, overseers, and trustees of the Museum are dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants and involving them in activities, exhibits, and programs that are available at this attraction in Boston.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.
Paul Revere’s House
19 North Square
Boston, MA 02113
On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston’s North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard University, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 18,000 degree candidates, including undergraduates and students in 10 principal academic units.
Boston Children’s Museum
300 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children’s Museum began a “hands-on” tradition long before that phrase became commonplace. Today, after 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live.
Bunker Hill Monument
The 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Completed in 1842 and dedicated on June 17, 1843, in a major national ceremony, the monument is open for climbing, unless deterred by bad weather. The exhibit lodge was built in the late nineteenth century to house a statue of Dr. Warren.
ps Red Sox suck.