Best Attractions near Boston Convention Center

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Allows Easy Access to Boston Attractions

Boston's Convention and Exhibition Center is ideally located in the Seaport District. Here, restaurants rule the scene, but many of Boston's must see attractions also live close by. Put on your walking shoes and make your way around the city by foot or enjoy the ease of a taxi or public transit.

The HarborWalk allows foot traffic access along the water to many Boston attractions like the Harbor side perch of the Institute of Contemporary Art where the stunning views from this dramatic structure rival the art within. The Tea Party Ships and Museum brings to life the event that set into motion a fight for freedom, and brought about the America of today; all in an interactive setting that will amuse children and adults alike. The Boston Children's Museum is a real crowd pleaser for little ones eager to play, while parents love it because everything they touch is a teaching tool.The HarborWalk will also let you find the dock that will launch you onto the wildest water ride around. A bit further on your path is the New England Aquarium where a 2013 renovation brought even more sea life to this marine habitat that offers a close look at marine life you'd never just bump into on the open sea.


Boston Children's Museum
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The Boston Children's Museum is a local favorite. Exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, and all encourage kids to interact (via touch). Many amazing adventures await at the Children's Museum; kids can climb the centrally located maze, blow big bubbles in the dedicated bubble room, build something solid in the construction zone, learn about culture, and even countdown to kindergarten in the make-shift classroom. The Boston Children's Museum also features the perfect place for the under 3 crowd, Playspace. This room comes complete with crawling structures, small-scale slides, cars to drive and even daily crafts. There is no doubt that kids will have fun here, but adults will also enjoy returning to childhood at the Boston Children's Museum.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: If you're kids are along for your Boston stay, the Children's Museum's location near the Convention Center makes it easy to take them to play.

Jessica's expert tip: The Children's Museum has three floors of fun, see it all, but start at the top and end in the bubble room or else you'll have wet kiddos for the rest of the day.

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Boston Mini Speedboats
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Hop aboard a Boston Mini Speed Boat Tour and be the captain of your own boat. This sightseeing tour mixes with a fast flying adventure to get your heart rate up and your adrenaline pumping as you fly around Boston Harbor on your very own boat. The hour and half excursions are both informative and fun, lead by tour guides who keep the history brief, the information clear and the tour moving along. See many of Boston's best sites from an entirely different angle as you float alongside at the helm of your own boat. Follow your guide out into the Harbor where you'll enjoy the feeling of total freedom while pushing your boat to its limits and speeding around. Grab a friend and share the time on this tour of a lifetime.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Close to Boston's Convention Center, Codzilla is a wild water ride that will give you a new perspective on a Boston tour.

Jessica's expert tip: No need to fight of the wheel, you can switch drivers halfway through the tour.

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Castle Island Park
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Castle Island is a twenty two acre urban park located along the waterfront and home to Fort Independence. With many paths for walking, biking or running as well as a playground and beaches, Castle Island allows visitors to see a Boston attraction and relax on one of their urban beaches that draw crowds of locals during the summer. With a clam shack on site (Sullivan's) you can stay through lunch and enjoy all that castle Island has to offer including the excellent view of Logan making it the perfect place for plane lovers to watch both take offs and landing.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Close to the Convention Center, Castle Island offers visitors the chance to enjoy Boston's beaches and see a little bit of history.

Jessica's expert tip: Free and open year round, Castle Island gets crowded during summer months, and parking get difficult.

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Lawn on D
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The Lawn on D has quickly become a hot spot for outdoor entertainment in Boston. From artsy looking swing to live music and even an inner city celebration of winter, Lawn on D is the place for gathering. The summer and winter of 2014 brought 30,000 visitors to Lawn on D. The summer 2015 season promises to be just as exciting. Reopening on May 15, 2015, the Lawn on D celebrates summer starting at 5pm. Swing Time returns along with ArtLAB's WonderLAND exhibit. Food trucks will find themselves vying for spots in Lawn on D's lot where they'll serve visitors a varied selection of eats from some of the city's best. Unique to Lawn on D is the tented bar, complete with tables for chatting that brings the 21+ crowd here for all kinds of events. Other fun Lawn on D finds include a massive inflatable maze Pentalum (May 28-31), and two already scheduled ticketed musical events.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Lawn on D is a unique venue in the city of Boston and it sits just minutes from the Boston Convention Center.

Jessica's expert tip: There'll sure to be more to come at Lawn on D so check their website often for the latest.

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Laugh Boston is a 300 seat, state-of-the-art spot for comedy. Featuring both national and local acts wednesday-Saturday, you'll find the comedians you want to see on the stage at Laugh Boston. Offering a full bar and a quick serve menu consisting of simple food like sandwiches, appetizers and salads you can eat, drink and catch a show all under one roof. Laugh Boston can be booked for group and private events. Laugh Boston's medium sized theater allows comics who sell out small clubs, but can't fill large theaters the chance to get on a stage that's just the right size.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Laugh Boston is a mid-sized comic venue located moments from the Convention Center; you'll find names you know making you laugh on stage.

Jessica's expert tip: Order tickets in advance, especially for big name shows.

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The HarborWalk winds through the city's waterfront, passing through many neighborhoods along the way. Stretching from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River, the HarborWalk makes its way through East Boston, Charlestown, North End, Downtown, South Boston and Dorchester. The varied beauty of the HarborWalk is a direct reflection of each community it connects. The HarborWalk allows for a vast selection of activities that are both active and passive in nature. Connecting the public to a spruced up Boston Harbor it links the water's edge to the city creating open space to be enjoyed. Communities embrace the HarborWalk and work to ensure it stays a beautiful aspect of its landscape. Lining the pathways are many restaurants and bars (especially on the South Boston side like in the Seaport and Fort point area), and displays of public art.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Stroll the HarborWalk and take in excellent views of the city all the while staying in the neighborhood around the Convention Center.

Jessica's expert tip: Be sure to explore the HarborWalk through the Fort Point and Seaport district's as the beauty along the water's edge is magnificent.

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
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It was not just one night that led Patriots to take matters into their own hands to begin a fight for freedom, it was the continued lack of freedoms and representation that brought about the Tea Party and led to a full scale war. A visit to the Tea Party Ships and Museum lets you can relive the catalyst to the American Revolution and see memorabilia from the time and event. The interactive tour begins with a town meeting, takes you aboard a ship to toss tea into the Harbor then concludes with oral reports and a movie about the time period.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: The Tea Party Ships and Museum is a fun, interactive tour that recreates the Boston Tea Party.

Jessica's expert tip: Be prepared to be out in about an hour; it's a perfect blip of history in a fun-filled day.

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Harpoon Brewery was started in 1986 by beer lovers who wanted to create something special in Boston. They had no experience brewing and sought help from third party brewers before honing their craft. Now producing one of the leading IPA's among other specialty brews, Harpoon Brewery is a wildly popular Boston attraction for the 21 plus crowd. Set in the bustling Seaport District, moments from many Boston hotels, the Convention and Exhibition center and restaurants, the Harpoon brewery offers tours, tastings, and has a beer hall serving sensational pretzels alongside their killer pints. Harpoon also hosts a variety of festivals that draw hordes of 20 somethings looking to have a good time.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Harpoon Brewery lets you taste a good brew, and get an inside look at a Boston made product close to the Convention Center.

Jessica's expert tip: Check the schedule to see what's happening at Harpoon before you go. Make some time to hang in the beer hall and enjoy a frosty pint of Harpoon's finest fresh and on tap.

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Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is a Seaport District entertainment venue that offers seasonal entertainment when the weather warms. You'll enjoy concerts on the harbor in this 5,000 seat venue; one of the largest in the area. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion's line-up runs May through September and features top performers of various genres. With a high end sound system, exquisite lighting capabilities and Harboside venue make an experience you won't soon forget. Those who like things a bit more intimate can buy their way into the 500 person VIP tent. With 35+ concession areas on site, your wait for a refill will be minimal. Serving wine, beer and champagne at you'll enjoy your favorite beverage alongside a bite all the while enjoying the concert. Located a mere 4.1 miles from Logan Airport, you can catch a concert and then your plane without breaking a sweat.

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: The Blue Hill Bank Pavilion is a short walk from the Convention Center and holds great concerts along Boston Harbor

Jessica's expert tip: To ensure entrance to your chosen show, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Roam the galleries or watch a show in a waterfront building that is as beautiful as what is housed inside. The modern art is an eclectic mix of what may sometimes seem to be mayhem. Funky fun displays rule the roost at this cutting edge art museum. But that's not all the ICA has to offer its visitors, various shows grace the indoor stage and summer time fun can be found on the HarborWalk outside its doors. Day or night you can find musical guests and DJ's lighting up the city with music. The ICA even offers kids a chance to fall for contemporary art by providing guide books and special "play dates".

Recommended for Attractions near Boston Convention Center because: Located moments from the Convention Center, the ICA is ideal for contemporary art lovers to gander at the art and view.

Jessica's expert tip: When you've had your fill of what's inside, exit and enjoy the view from the Harborwalk; one of the city's best!

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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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