Activities

Points of Interest

New England Aquarium

The animals and exhibits are amazing – don’t miss the penguins or the giant-ocean-tank! The New England Aquarium is fun for everyone. It’s a short ride from Hotel 140. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to State Street. Map it. You can make a whole day of it. Have a bite to eat at Legal Sea Foods, just steps from the aquarium, and take a stroll in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. From this downtown location you’re also very close Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End.

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Newbury Street

Boston’s high fashion and style are on display. An eclectic mix of independent shops, fashion boutiques, salons, and fabulous dining. From Hotel 140, walk north on Clarendon Street for about a quarter mile to Newbury Street.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the nation’s premier urban marketplace. It combines wonderful history with almost 100 shops and pushcarts, 18 full service restaurants, 35 food stalls and Boston’s most popular comedy nightclub. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket.

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Freedom Trail

A red-brick walking trail that leads you to many important historic sites. A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

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The Shops at Prudential Center & Skywalk Observatory

A short walk from Hotel 140. Features over 75 shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, The Cheesecake Factory, Lacoste, Legal Sea Foods, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora. Famous Boston dining and entertainment including Top of the Hub, Skywalk, Boston Duck Tours, trolley tours and more. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks.

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Charles River Esplanade

The Esplanade’s winding pathways – dotted with docks, ballfields and playgrounds – stretch about 5 miles along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. A 20 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon St., take a right on Beacon St., then a left on Arlington St.

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Boston Duck Tours

From the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more.The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks to the Prudential Center.

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Public Garden

America’s first public botanical garden features beautifully meandering paths, rich and unusual plants, a lagoon with swan boats, monuments and fountains.Walk north on Clarendon St., then right on Commonwealth Ave.

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Boston Common

350 years of Boston history! The common evolved from grazing land to the greenspace and ballfields of today. The Frog Pond provides skating in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. Walk straight through the Public Gardens (above).

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The North End

Explore the winding streets of Downtown Boston’s Little Italy – The North End. See Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, historic burial grounds, and more. Tons of fantastic restaurants. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Walk south on Fitzgerald, then left on Hanover St.

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Beacon Hill

This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Located just north of Boston Common and the Public Gardens. A 20 minute trip from Hotel 140, take the MBTA Greenline from Copley Station to Park St., then walk north across Beacon Street to Joy St.

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Museum of Science

A fantastic museum in Downtown Boston, boasting an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a 3-D Digital cinema, a full motion space travel simulator, and much more. Fun for kids and adults. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station seven stops to Science Park.

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Chinatown

Chinatown – centered on Beach St. in Downtown Boston – is brimming with shops and restaurants. A 15 minute walk from Hotel 140, head east on Stuart Street for about 1 mile. Take a left on Washington St., and you’re there!

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Museum of Fine Arts

One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with nearly 450,000 works of art. From ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Moved from Copley Square to current location in 1909. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Very close to the MFA. Listen to the music of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, while exploring the three floors of galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries. Beautiful courtyard garden. rom Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts. Head past the MFA onto Fenway.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art

Modern art and stunning architecture. Seaport location offers great views. Map it for directions. There are some great restaurants nearby, including Atlantic Beer Garden on Seaport Blvd, Legal Sea Food’s Test Kitchen on Northern Ave, Sportello at 348 Congress St, and the No Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier.

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Food

Viga Italian Eatery

When you're in the mood for fresh, affordable Italian fare, look no farther than Viga Italian Eatery, conveniently located on our lobby level.

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Saint Patrick's Parade of Pipers and Marshals

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Saint Patrick's Parade of Pipers and Marshals

As everyone knows, Boston’s Irish population repre...

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Theater

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Boston's oldest professional theatre, The Lyric Stage has observed and been a part of a great many changes in the local theatrical scene.

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