Explore the Optometry's Meeting® host city of Boston

Explore the Optometry's Meeting® host city of Boston

Between the expansive continuing education courses and networking events offered at Optometry's Meeting®, you may find yourself with some down time—and Boston is a great city to explore. Whether you're looking to indulge in fresh seafood or soak up the city's rich history, AOA Focus has you covered.

Boston-area AOA members share their favorite places to go in the city.

1. Atlantic Fish Company
Menus are prepared daily, with seafood sourced from the harbor each morning.

"Great seafood fare for someone looking for a less commercialized version of Legal's [No. 18 on this list], though Legal's Test Kitchen is very nice."
- Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.
2. BOND Restaurant at the Langham Hotel
Picture a grand hotel with a restaurant and lounge adorned with 25-ft. vaulted ceilings and a 12-ft. rosewood bar, where you can order creative cocktails, champagne or craft beer with your American cuisine.

"A lively place for drinks."
- Beth Harper, O.D.     
3. Boston Duck Tours
Board a World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle
and see Boston by land and water.

"It's a great tour of the city, followed by the World War II landing craft (the Duck) entering the Charles River, allowing a view of Boston from the Cambridge side." - Joan Exford Korb, O.D., and Donald Korb, O.D.
4. Charles River
The riverfront features an urban park and popular walking and running paths from the 3.45-mile Esplanade to the longer run to neighboring Watertown.

"There are 17 miles of clear path."
- Cliff Scott, O.D.
5. City Light Sail
See Boston at night on an 80-ft. schooner.

"A sunset sail is a different way to see the city." - Beth Harper, O.D.
6. Coolidge Corner Theater

"A nonprofit, independent movie theater that shows classic, foreign, indie and midnight cult films." - Matt Goodman, O.D.
7. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Just 20 miles west of Boston, you'll find 30 acres and more than
60 works including large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture.

"For anyone venturing outside of Boston, the deCordova
Museum is a great little museum with outdoor sculptures."

- Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.

8. Fanueil Hall Marketplace
Stroll along cobblestone promenades in this "mixed-use festival marketplace." Shop. Eat. Drink. Be entertained.

"There are interesting shops and street performers." - Holly Schneider, O.D.
9. Fenway Park
Tour Boston's sports cathedral, or see the Red Sox play.

"The ballpark is full of history, and the Red Sox are the best!" - Holly Schneider, O.D.
10. Fourth of July Boston Pops' Fireworks (July 3-4)
Half a million spectators come from near and far to view the annual fireworks spectacular over the Charles River on July 4, featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra.

"A little-known secret to out-of-towners: There is a full dress rehearsal the night before (July 3)-except for the fireworks-that doesn't get publicized." - Cliff Scott, O.D.
11. Freedom Trail
Take a tour of 16 historically significant sites to the American Revolution.

"Visitors see historic sites and interesting neighborhoods of Boston." - Joan Exford Korb, O.D., and Donald Korb, O.D.
12. Ghost and Gravestones Tour
Self-proclaimed as Boston's "Frightseeing Tour."

"A fun evening event for all ages." - Beth Harper, O.D.
13. Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall
Try one of Boston's local craft brews.

- Cliff Scott, O.D.
14. Harvard University Tour
Walk the campus of the oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., established in 1636.

- Cliff Scott, O.D.
15. Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum
Site of one of the largest art robberies in U.S. history.

"The museum is a replica of a magnificent Venetian palace. Its construction is simply remarkable. The paintings within are world-class and it's possibly the best and most unique of its type anywhere, including Venice." - Joan Exford Korb, O.D., and Donald Korb, O.D.
16. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Stands as a tribute to the 35th U.S. president.

"What you have is a miniature Senate inside the building. And people really get into their characters." - Cliff Scott, O.D.

"Worth the three-mile trip from downtown. Spectacular and on the water. One of my favorites to bring guests to." - Joan Exford Korb, O.D., and Donald Korb, O.D.
17. Lawn on D

"Basically an outdoor playground for adults (very near the convention center)." - Matt Goodman, O.D.
18. Legal Harborside
Take in three floors of dining experiences: The first floor offers a casual atmosphere; the second floor is a dining room; and the third, a promenade deck for cocktails and bites.

"It's in the Seaport District, where you can find tons of eclectic restaurants." - Cliff Scott, O.D.
19. Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant - South Boston
A welcoming, classic American tavern.

"Good food and drinks, and good for groups." - Beth Harper, O.D.
20. Modern Pastry Shop
Taste the pastries at this family-owned Italian bakery in Boston's North End-the city's Little Italy. Be warned: Some may recommend rival Mike's Pastry.

"Modern Pastry-not Mike's-is the best Italian bakery in the North End!" - Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.
21. Museum of Fine Arts
View one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with nearly 500,000 works of art.

"A spectacular international museum. One of the great French impressionist collections secondary only to Paris." - Joan Exford Korb, O.D., and Donald Korb, O.D.
22. Museum of Science
A museum with a mission to transform the nation's relationship with technology and science.

- Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.
23. Sam Adams Boston Beer Company
Some people say that no visit to Boston is complete without a tour of this brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

- Cliff Scott, O.D
24. Stephanie's on Newbury
Bills itself as serving "sophisticated comfort food."

"Their mac and cheese is fabulous. What makes it so good is the combination of the cheeses they use, along with the crumb topping being perfectly crunchy, served in a cast iron skillet (at least it was the last time I had it)." - Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.
25. Sweet Cheeks Q
Serves "Southern heaven" in generous portions, according to Zagats.

"They have the best biscuits." - Cindy Leigh Russo, O.D.

June 23, 2016

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