Boston is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. The city was founded in 1630 and is named after an English village. Since its beginning, Boston has served as a center for social and political change for the United States and as the economic and cultural hub of New England.
Boston is home to more than 617,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world's finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, conduct business, and attend conferences. Be sure to visit the city's many museums.
Boston is an ideal city to explore on foot. Within minutes, you can stroll from the Boston Common (Boston's central park) down to the waterfront and pass major historical attractions, shops, and food purveyors along the way. Or, if you prefer, join a trolley or amphibious vehicle tour. Almost every type of tour imaginable is available.
Boston is a main route on the road to American history, especially with its Freedom Trail. Easy-to-follow red lines down the sidewalk will guide you. Boston had a key role in events that led to the American Revolution, including the infamous arguments over taxes on tea that led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Three British ships were raided by colonists who dumped the ships' cargo of tea into the harbor. In 1775, Paul Revere spread the word that the British were coming. The next day, the "shot heard round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution.
Boston is a big sports town, proud of its championships. The 2004 and 2007 World Series champion Boston Red Sox excite baseball fans at Fenway Park, which is the oldest baseball stadium in the United States and a short walk from the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The 2002, 2004, and 2005 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots play football in Foxborough, MA, at Gillette Stadium.
Boston's nickname, "Beantown," comes from a time when baked beans were a Boston specialty. Boston has a European feel, due to its architecture and ambience. Several world renown educational institutions including Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Boston College are in Boston. If television history is more your style, visit the bar that was the model for Cheers.
Most of the meetings for One Health and the Hall of Exhibits will be in the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The Hynes Convention Center is located in Boston's charming Back Bay neighborhood, where you can discover a world of fabulous things to see and do. You will be near the Freedom Trail, Copley Square, the Boston Public Library, and many wonderful shops and restaurants. The Hynes Convention Center is connected to the Sheraton Boston Hotel via an upscale shopping mall, The Shops at Prudential Center, with an amazing food court.
Boston has great shopping, and when you get hungry, you can find everything from haute cuisine to Fenway Franks. If you order "chowda" it will be the creamy kind (don't even ask for tomato-based). Be sure to consult the One Health Restaurant Guide for insider tips prepared by local experts on the National Program Committee's Local Assistance Committee.
Boston: Popular Port for Vacation Cruises
Discover the pleasures of an all-inclusive cruise vacation before or after the meeting. A cruise ship is a floating resort, with all the amenities in one convenient package. The price of your ticket typically includes all of your meals and in-between snacks as well as all your onboard daytime activities and fun, nighttime parties, and entertainment. Along the way, you get to relax in some of the most exotic places in the world.
Although MLA is not coordinating an official cruise for meeting attendees, the following links may be helpful to attendees seeking cruise lines that depart from Boston: Boston Cruise Guide and Massport. One cruise that works well with the meeting dates is the Norwegian Dawn, departing Boston on May 10, 2013.