Visitor's Guide to Boston

Every year NECSI receives visitors from all over the globe, many of whom spend a substantial amount of time in Boston. Below are some resources for NECSI visitors interested in exploring the area.


  • The Kendall Hotel - This historic hotel is housed in a Victorian firehouse near MIT, just down the street from NECSI.
  • The Charles Hotel - A first-class luxury hotel located in the center of Harvard Square. In addition to the standard facilities, The Charles includes a jazz club, two restaurants, and an outdoor skating rink.
  • The Harvard Square Hotel - Newly-refurbished in 2003, The Harvard Square Hotel offers great rooms at a convenient location.
  • The Friendly Inn - A small Cambridge bed and breakfast with high-quality rooms at very reasonable prices.
  • The Irving House - Next to Harvard University, this charming guesthouse offers a variety of room rates that will fit any budget.
  • Omni Parker House - The Omni Parker House is a historic luxury hotel located in downtown Boston. Since 1855 it has hosted great American writers, athelets, and politicians.

Restaurants and Entertainment

  • Legal Sea Foods - A Boston institution. Born from a local fish market, this franchise has been serving fresh New England seafood for forty years. There are eleven restaurant locations, including one near MIT.
  • Hungry Mother - A taste of Southern cooking in the heart of Kendall Square, Hungry Mother serves unique takes on Southern classics like smoked catfish, shrimp and grits, and boiled peanuts.
  • Emma's Pizza - Not your average slice of pizza. Emma's uses toppings like Buffalo chicken, sweet potatoes, and dried cranberries and bakes them on super-thin crusts. Located near MIT, this pizza place is always packed.
  • Miracle of Science - Self-described "geek-chic" bar and grill, this MIT establishment serves up affordable sandwiches and skewers.
  • Lê's - Located in Harvard square, this popular Vietnamese restaurant serves up hearty bowls of noodle soup ("pho") at very reasonable prices.
  • Bombay Club - Floor-to-ceiling windows offer an incredible view of Harvard square at this excellent Indian restaurant.
  • Upstairs on the Square - 2 restaurants in one. The Monday Club Bar serves tasty and reasonably-priced lunches and dinners, as well as a refined afternoon tea. Upstairs, The Soirée Dining Room offers more decadent tasting menus for dinner.
  • T.W. Food - In West Cambridge just outside of Harvard Square, T.W. Food offers modern French cuisine using local and organic ingredients.

Tourist Attractions

  • The Freedom Trail - A 2.5 path through downton Boston, connecting 16 historic sites.
  • Boston Common and Public Garden - The country's oldest park. Here you can take a ride on the famous Swan Boats or stroll through the botanical gardens.
  • Fanneuil Hall and Quincy Market - Boston's historic marketplace, with plenty of places where you can eat, drink, and shop.
  • The New England Aquarium - This large aquarium features a four-story coral reef tank and a 3D IMAX theater.
  • The Franklin Park Zoo - At the Franklin Park Zoo visitors can see animals from all over the world. Exhibits of note include the hands-on New England farm and a massive enclosed garden featuring nearly 1,000 butterflies.
  • The Arnold Arboretum - Part of Harvard University, The Arnold Arboretum has cultivated an extentive collection of living plants. Visitors can tour the grounds and learn about the arboretum's current research.
  • The Boston Harbor Islands - Take a ride on a ferry and visit any number of Boston Harbor's scenic islands.
  • The North End - This vibrant district has a distinct Italian flavor. Come here to shop, see some historic sites, and sample a cannoli.
  • MIT - One of the country's premier universities, MIT emphasizes research in science and technology.
  • Harvard University - The oldest university in the United States. Harvard has bestowed degrees upon US presidents, Nobel Prize winners, poets, scientists, and CEOs.


  • Museum of Fine Arts - The MFA houses over 5,000 works of art from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - The museum is in Isabella Stewart Gardner's beautiful old house. The galleries--which include paintings, tapestries, and sculptures--surround a pristine garden courtyard.
  • Boston Children's Museum - A massive museum for kids with plenty of hands-on exhibits.
  • Museum of Science - A museum that seeks to inform, educate, and entertain, Boston's Museum of Science includes many live presentations and a 3-D Digital Cinema.
  • Harvard Art Museums - Includes the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums.
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History - The Natural History Museum is appropriate for children and adults. One of the museums many highlights is its famous collection of glass flowers.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art - An excellent collection of recent work set in a bold piece of architecture on Boston's waterfront.



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