In March, hundreds of the industry’s top operators and vendors will flock to Boston for The Transportation Alliance’s Spring Conference & Expo. Held in the heart of Boston’s beautiful Back Bay area at the Westin Copley Hotel from March 18-20, attendees will learn about the exciting opportunities in NEMT and contracting that can help their companies grow.
While our event schedules are always packed with excitement, attendees may want to also explore the historic city of Boston. Whether you’re a history buff, an art critic, a foodie or a sports fanatic, Boston’s got you covered.
Check out this lineup of activities to cross off of your travel list while you’re with us in Boston.
For the History Buff
- The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile long path through downtown Boston that hits many of the most significant historic locations. Follow the red brick path from the Bunker Hill Monument to the Old North Church to the Boston Common and learn about the birth of our country in one of America’s most historic cities.
- Wander down Acorn Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Its working gas lights and charming red brick rowhouses date back to the 1820s. Some say that the cobblestone alley is the most photographed street in the United States.
- Be sure to check out the Boston Public Library, located in Copley Square just a five-minute walk from the conference hotel. Its landmark building was built in 1895 and was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1996.
For the Sports Fanatic
- The finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street is just a short walk from the Westin Copley. The Boston Marathon is an annual spring staple in the city.
- TD Garden is the home of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a basketball or hockey game when you’re in town. You’ll be in awe of the atmosphere and all of the championship banners hanging from the rafters!
- While the Boston Red Sox will still be in Florida for Spring Training in March, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour of the oldest ballpark in America, Fenway Park. Opened in 1912, Fenway Park’s historic charm and modern appeal (the Park even has its own garden!) is unrivaled across MLB.
For the Foodie
- Head to the North End to find delicious, authentic Italian food. The original Regina Pizzeria has been a neighborhood staple since 1926. Try to settle the debate on the world’s best cannoli by visiting the North End’s pastry trifecta: Mike’s Pastry, Bova’s Bakery and Modern Pastry. Let us know at the conference which one you think is the best.
- Opened in the summer of 2019, Time Out Market boasts a wide selection of cuisines and has live music or DJs on the weekend. For a more traditional option try Quincy Market, or officially “Faneuil Hall Market,” located by Government Center. Here, you can find all of Boston’s classic dishes from clam chowder and Boston cream pie, and much more.
- We couldn’t forget about the historic pubs spread throughout the city! Warren Tavern is the oldest pub in Boston is still standing at its original 1780 location. The Bell in Hand Tavern, named for its original owner’s profession as Town Crier, was founded in 1795 and has stood at its current location next to Quincy Market since 1844.
For the Art Critic
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was established in 1903 by its namesake and holds an expansive, quirky collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture and much more. Keep an eye out for the empty frames of its 13 stolen artworks and discover why they haven’t been replaced.
- The Museum of Fine Arts is next door to the Gardner Museum and holds more than 450,000 works of art. Don’t miss the marvelous collection of ancient art or the room dedicated to John Singer Sargent’s pieces. At such a large museum, there is something for everyone to see. Just make sure you don’t get lost!
- The Institute of Contemporary Art is located right on the waterfront in the swanky Seaport District. It exhibits art of all media from premier contemporary artists that come from all over the globe, as well as art from its vast permanent collection.
Boston is a city known for a lot of things—top educational institutions, a hub for innovations and medicine, a city of sports. But there is one thing that tops the list: St. Patrick’s Day. Any New Englander will tell you that you haven’t experienced St. Patrick’s Day unless you’ve celebrated it in Boston. The day before the conference kicks off, the city will be decked out in green as Bostonians celebrate its Irish roots. If you really want to make a trip out of it, come to Boston a few days early and attend the infamous St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, or “Southie” as the locals know it, on Sunday, March 15, where bagpipers and party goers alike will line the streets! So, pack a few green shirts, grab a pint and join the best St. Patrick’s Day party in the nation—it’s an experience you won’t regret, and you won’t soon forget.
March will be here before you know it, so be sure to make your travel plans now. Click here to find the convention agenda, hotel information and more all in one place.
See you in Boston!
By Lilly Wilcox, Melwood Global