Your Boston Guide

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

May 21, 2003

While in Beantown, conference attendees may want to explore one of America's greatest cities. With that in mind, we've assembled this guide (with links) to area attractions.

The spring 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo is packed with workshops and keynotes that will help attendees understand Wi-Fi where it fits in your business.

But while in Boston, visitors may want to explore one of America's greatest cities. With that in mind, we've assembled a guide of unique events and destinations.

Red Sox/Fenway Park The Olde Towne Team is at home during the show. The Sox face the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) and Thursday (1:05 p.m.) and the Florida Marlins on Friday (7:05 p.m.).

Some tips for the unititiated. Do not drive to Fenway Park. Take the subway (called the MBTA, or simply the T) or a cab. By T, the ballpark is located at the Kenmore stop on the Green Line. Finally, do not wear any Yankees paraphenalia unless you're prepared to hear about it from the locals.

And if its the historic park itself you're interested in, tours run daily, giving fans an up close look at the Green Monster, .406 Club and other quirks of what John Updike called a "lyric little bandbox" of ballpark. For more information, see

Freedom Trail: Sixteen nationally significant sites -- including the Paul Revere House, The Boston Common and the USS Constitution -- are along this downtown route.

You can walk yourself or take a tour from the National Park Service, which begin every half hour from the park visitor center at 15 State Street opposite the Old State House.

If you prefer to ride, private trolley tour companies operate along the route. To find out more about guided tours contact the Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau.

One of the most popular is Boston Duck Tours which uses renovated World War II-era amphibious landing vehicle on the streets of Boston and up and down the Charles River.

Museums, Acquariums: The city is home to dozens of world-class museums, including the 170-year-old Museum of Science, which draws 1.6 million visitors annually.

The museum includes the Mugar Omni Theater which uses state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen.

On Central Wharf, not far from the World Trade Center, is the New England Aquarium. The centerpiece of the acquarium is a 200,000 gallon tank. Inside a coral reef accommodates sharks, sea turtles, barracuda, moray and also hundreds of smaller exotic tropical fishes.

The MBTA has devoted a page of their Web site to area museums and how to get there.

Shopping: Good shopping can be found in nearly every neighborhood of Boston. In the Back Bay, Copley Place boasts 100 stores including Tiffany & Co., A|X Armani Exchange, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, BOSS Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Williams-Sonoma and the only Neiman Marcus in New England.

Downtown, Fanuiel Hall, also known as Quincy Market, is a tourist-oriented mall. In addition to shopping, jugglers, clowns, mimes, acrobats, magicians, storytellers, caricature artists and musicians perform outside. The area is also home to a comedy club and dozens of restaurants and pubs.

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