Out and About in Boston During the BIO International Convention

By Bob Coughlin, President & CEO, MassBio

You will surely be very busy during your time at the 2012 BIO International Convention but you might find you have a little downtime to explore Boston. If you’re looking for suggestions, here are some of my favorite places to see, things to do, and restaurants to enjoy in the city.

First of all, let me mention the Red Sox are home…

Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball stadium, turned 100 this year! Spend one of your evenings watching the Red Sox who are luckily playing at home all week. It is easy to find tickets online or even outside the park the night of the game. Fenway Park is a historic site it itself and home to Fenway Frank hotdogs that are worth the indulgence: it’s all part of the experience!

Looking for a place to stretch your legs?

If you’re looking for a place to jog or go for a long walk, take Summer Street, Congress Street, or Seaport Boulevard across the channel and stay toward the right. Walk toward the water and you’ll be on Boston’s Harbor Walk which offers a safe and beautiful walk along the water.

There are other waterfront areas worth mentioning for walking and jogging, too, such as the Castle Island area and, if you’re willing to go a little farther from the Innovation District, the Esplanade along the Charles River which also goes through Cambridge (a major part of the Boston-area life sciences hub!).

History or museums strike your fancy?

Don’t miss the Freedom Trail, one of America’s first historic walking tours. The route is 2.5 miles and you can go on a guided tour, or simply head to the Freedom Trail Information Booth at the Boston Common at Tremont Street and pick up a map and brochure and then follow the red-brick line to explore the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and more.

Boston is home to a number of fantastic art museums, and one is just steps away from the Convention Center! Check out the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), which is spectacular inside and out!

Time for food & drinks?

SEAFOOD: Boston is known for great seafood and while you can probably find “lobstah” and “chowdah” at a number of restaurants, my top seafood picks are Legal Sea Foods, which just opened a beautiful harbor-side location in the Innovation District, and the classic Union Oyster House, a Kennedy Family favorite that’s been around since 1826.

ITALIAN: Salvatore’s is one of my favorites and it’s conveniently located near the BCEC. Or enjoy some Boston sports cred at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar right on the waterfront.

STEAKHOUSE:  Morton’s & Del Frisco’s are both delicious and both in the Innovation District.

A BEER OR COCKTAIL: In the Innovation District, swing by the Atlantic Beer Garden or The Whiskey Priest and take advantage of their roof decks. Another great outdoor option is Tia’s at the waterfront, located toward the North End.

If you’re looking for something a little different, swing by the Harpoon Brewery (right down the street from the BCEC) for a beer tasting.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you get started as you plan your time in Boston. If you want to pick the brains of some more locals, you can find us at Lifecycle Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Pavilion (Booth #0137 in the Exhibit Hall).

We look forward to welcoming you to Boston!

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