By Meghan Gerardo
Will you be attending the 2016 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference in Boston? If so, you’re in luck! Boston is by far one of my favorite U.S. cities. Okay, I may be a bit biased since I grew up only an hour away and spent four years working there, but for a small city, Boston offers something for everyone.
For the history buffs, welcome to paradise. For the sports fanatics, you’ve hit the jackpot with the oldest park in the United States and some of the most devoted fans you’ll ever meet. For the food and beer lovers, there are breweries, Boston crème pie, and delicious seafood—oh my! For our STEM connoisseurs, Boston has museums that’ll keep you learning for days. Here are a few must see places:
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile guided or self-guided tour that takes you throughout Boston to 16 historical sites, including some mentioned below. It’s highly recommended and easy to do on your own: Just follow the red-lined route found on the sidewalks.
Boston Common is the oldest city park in America, dating back to 1634. It’s a beautiful park for walking, picnicking, or getting lost in a book. The Common also adjoins the Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the US. The garden is filled with breathtaking plants and flowers, fountains, monuments, and swan boats.
The U.S.S. Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) is the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy. It’s a little bit of a hike from downtown but well worth the visit. On your way, you’ll pass the TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, and you’ll be a mile and change away from the Old North Church, another historical landmark.
Faneuil Hall is always a lively and fun place to be. Quincy Market is filled with restaurants and shops, and the cobblestone streets are always entertaining with performers and musicians.
The Museum of Science is one of the largest museums of its kind. The variety of STEM-related exhibits makes it fun for all ages. In addition, it hosts an IMAX theatre, planetarium shows, a simulator, and a butterfly garden.
The MIT Museum is located in Cambridge, off the MBTA Red Line. The museum contains over one million artifacts, prints, rare books, technical archives, drawings, photographs, films, and holograms, dating from 7th century BCE to today’s cutting-edge research.
Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, is the oldest baseball park in America, dating back to 1912. Although the “Sawx” will be out of town, the park offers tours every day and it’s well worth the visit. If you make it out to Fenway, make sure you pop into the Bleacher Bar. The bar is situated beneath the bleachers in center field and gives you a phenomenal view of the field and park from the outfield.
I’m sure you’re going to be famished after touring the city. Here are a few of the great spots to check out:
Ye Olde Union Oyster House opened in 1826 and is the oldest restaurant in America. It’s located right next to Faneuil Hall and is a great spot for seafood. Mike’s Pastry is one of the best-known pastry shops in Boston and is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s located in the North End: just follow the blue pastry boxes. Omni Parker House is where the Boston Crème Pie was first invented; for those who haven’t tried the pie, it’s a delicious treat that won’t disappoint. Top of the Hub provides a great skyline view of the city on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Building. Samuel Adams Brewery and Harpoon Brewery provides tastings and tours.
If all that isn’t enough, there is much more to learn about Boston.
Welcome to Boston! Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.