When the meeting winds down, a little break is always welcome. If your group has come to the capital of Massachusetts for an event, you'll find plenty to explore once everyone else has gone home.
Follow the Red-Brick Road
Heading out on the Boston Freedom Trail, you can tour the city’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks from the Revolutionary Era. One stop on the 2.5-mile, red-brick trail is the Old North Church (left), where the famous “One if by land, two if by sea” signal was sent. The Paul Revere House, the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution also are worth your time. Ninety-minute guided tours are available, as is a self-guided tour.
Raise a Pint
After exploring the city, treat yourself to a cold one. Boston is a beer haven for more than 20 breweries. Popular picks include the Samuel Adams Brewery, the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall, and the Dorchester Brewing Co.
Stroll the Aisles
Sample the city’s staple foods on a stroll through Quincy Market. Opened in 1826, the historic gathering spot now is home to more than 30 eateries. Fresh lobster rolls, clam chowder and Boston cream pie are the traditional dishes to taste.
Art Through the Ages
Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston features contemporary works, plus pieces dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece. Debuting this month, Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories features fascinating needlework.
Under the Sea
When it’s too cold to go out on a whale-watching excursion from the harbor, head into the New England Aquarium, where you can get up close with southern rockhopper penguins, giant Pacific octopi, green sea turtles and more. The venue also is home to a 42-gallon harbor seal habitat, the four-story Giant Ocean tank and a floor-to-ceiling Indo-Pacific coral reef.