Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 14 -16, 2015

Exploring Boston

Explore by Boston Neighborhood

The SLA 2015 Meeting and Boston Convention & Exposition Center (BCEC) is in the “South Boston Waterfront” area. We welcome you to explore these other neighborhoods of Boston.

*Neighborhood descriptions and attraction listing from


Neighborhoods / Areas Top Attractions / Tours
Boston Common / Public Garden
These two iconic parks form the heart of the city. Perfect place to begin your sightseeing
Beacon Hill
Gas lights, narrow streets, excellent restaurants, boutiques, and 19th century mansions and row houses – the most historically preserved neighborhood in the city
Historic Downtown / Faneuil Marketplace
The oldest part of the city, filled with Freedom Trail sites, Faneuil Marketplace, and historic taverns, including one where the Sons of Liberty met to plot the American Revolution.
Theatre District
Over a dozen thriving theaters, restaurants, and Emerson College make this one of our most vibrant neighborhoods.
Bay Village / Park Square
A tranquil mostly-residential area with Federal and Art Deco architecture – one of Boston’s “hidden secrets.”
Chinatown / Leather District
Restaurants, markets, and boutiques, bordered by trendy condos carved from former tanneries.
Downtown Crossing / Financial District
Primarily a commercial area, with pedestrian-only shopping along Washington Street and financial firms filling the skyscrapers
Downtown Waterfront
Luxury hotels and nice restaurants share space with wharfs and departure points for Harbor cruises
Back Bay
Designer boutiques, art galleries, skyscrapers, but also home to Romanesque Revival Trinity Church and Boston Public Library in Copley Square, and breath-taking Victorian mansions and brownstones.
Sports, culture, colleges and universities, nightlife, and medical centers compete for space in Fenway. Includes commercially-oriented Kenmore Square and Longwood Medical Area.
North End
Enjoy delicious fare in the many outstanding restaurants and bakeries in this traditional Italian neighborhood. Explore famous Freedom Trail sites.
West End
Site of massive urban renewal during the 1960s, the mostly new West End includesGovernment Center, world-famous medical institutions, and plenty of entertainment / cultural options.
South End
Mostly residential, so not a lot of Boston sightseeing goes on here – but with the largest area of Victorian brick row houses in the US, art galleries and trendy shops inSoWa, and some of the best restaurants in the city, the South End provides plenty to see, do, and eat.
South Boston Waterfront
Home to CruisePort, museums, artist studios in the Fort Point area, and a new convention center, this waterfront area just across from Downtown is Boston’s most rapidly developing neighborhood
One of the oldest Boston neighborhoods, with famous Freedom Trail sites, antique shops, lots to see and do in the historic Navy Yard, and one of our oldest taverns
Boston Harbor
Once your boat pulls away from the wharf, you’re in another world, full of history, fascinating sights, and marine life.
A separate city directly across the Charles River from Boston – home to Harvard University and MIT, boutiques and bookstores in Harvard Square, lots of ethnic restaurants, and top-notch live music in the many student-oriented bars.

Explore by Type of Activity

Type of Activity Top Attractions / Tours
Architecture / Gardens
Art / Museums
Convention Centers
Dining / Bars
Libraries / Bookstores

To learn more about these activities check out the following

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