Traveling for business, especially for a large convention, can leave you with limited downtime. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of those precious hours when you can be a tourist – especially when your destination city is one as vibrant as Boston, the site of the 2017 NFDA convention next month.
The city offers unique attractions, historical landmarks and cultural experiences you can’t find anywhere else. Here are a few options to consider as you’re finalizing plans for your trip.
Get inspired on the Freedom Trail.
Boston is home to so many opportunities to be immersed in history, it can be tough to know where to start. The Freedom Trail offers a great way to organize your trip to some of the most significant sites. The 2.5-mile route includes points of interest such as the Massachusetts State House, Granary Burying Ground and Faneuil Hall. View the trail map to start planning a trip on your own, or find out about tours to help guide your visit.
Follow one of the city’s most famous stories.
The Boston Tea Party shaped the course of American history, and just minutes away from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum offers glimpses into life during the time of that historic event. At the museum, you’ll see artifacts, get details from interpreters and have a chance to walk aboard a restored merchant vessel.
Make a stop at an iconic TV spot.
Fans of the hit 1980s TV sitcom "Cheers" will recognize 84 Beacon Street, previously known as the Bull & Finch Pub, as the inspiration for the show’s setting. Today, you can’t miss the show's logo outside, and inside the walls are lined with memorabilia. It’s a casual spot to grab a bite to eat, check out tributes to the cast and see a replica of the interior set.
Pause for a peaceful moment at Boston Common.
After an action-packed convention, a restful moment can be a welcome change of pace. What better way to enjoy that moment than by taking in the scenery of the country’s oldest city park? Founded in 1634, Boston Common boasts many sights to enjoy during a leisurely stroll. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the Parkman Bandstand on the eastern side of the park.
Enjoy a legendary sports venue.
Baseball fans will have a chance to get an up-close look at the home of the Boston Red Sox. Year-round tours of Fenway Park allow you to explore the grounds and take a look back through baseball history. Visitors will enjoy features such as the Green Monster, the iconic left field wall that’s an integral part of the Fenway Park experience.
These are just a few of the attractions Boston has to offer during your time there for the NFDA convention. In the coming weeks, we’ll share details about the many things you can look forward to at the convention itself.
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