Welcome to Boston!

Since its founding in 1630, Boston remains one of America’s greatest cities whose history and current cultural landscape capture the very essence of innovation and revolution. Familiarly known as “the Hub,” Boston features an extraordinary architectural heritage and urban plan, easily accessible by foot, bicycle, or subway. It is also at the heart of America’s legacy of learning, as home to the first institution of higher education, Harvard College, founded in 1636. Cambridge and the greater Boston area boast an impressive array of world-class colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, four colleges of art, and three music conservatories. Boston’s love of art is exemplified in the many museums throughout the city, including the recently opened Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, List Center for Visual Art, and Harvard’s art museums. For music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is an incredible ensemble led, for the first time by an American conductor, James Levine. The Boston Ballet, and the Boston Lyric Opera are other amazing opportunities to experience Boston’s vibrant cultural offerings.  Below you will find some guides and suggestions for how to plan a little conference downtime.


ARLIS/NA 2010 Boston Restaurant Guide
A list of restaurants compiled by ARLIS/NE colleagues. Particular attention given to restaurants near the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.
Seaport Area Guide with Map
Boston and Environs Restaurant Guide

Boston Magazine Best Restaurants of 2009
Boston Magazine’s annual bible on the best of the best. And while you’re at it, take a look at the best of Boston in other categories such as shopping and nightlife: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/best_of/index.html

Chowhound—Boston Board
The foodie’s classic go-to source for restaurant recommendations from fellow foodies.

Another reliable source for peer-supplied commentary. Also includes sections for shopping, nightlife, beauty & spas, etc.

Arts and Culture

ACRL ArtsGuide adapted for ARLIS/NA
Generously given to ARLIS/NA for the Boston 2010 conference, this guide which was originally compiled by the Arts Section of ACRL for ALA Midwinter in Boston, is in the process of being updated to include exhibition and events that will be going on during the ARLIS/NA conference.
ArtsGuide, Boston

Artsboston.org is a comprehensive online arts and entertainment calendar for upcoming exhibits, performances, and concerts in the Greater Boston area.

The Phoenix - Arts Section
Boston’s alternative newspaper offers an edgier selection of listings for arts and entertainment.

General Tourism

Mass Vacation
The official site from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Trip Advisor
A commercial travel site that includes reviews from users.

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau


By Foot: Boston by Foot

By Boat: Boston Harbor Cruises
    Including whale watches

By Bike: Urban Adventours

By Duck: Duck Tours