Tour Details

On Wednesday, the morning and afternoon tours are open to guests and families only. Conference attendees are expected to attend the general session in the morning and the breakout sessions in the afternoon. Likewise, on Thursday morning, the tours are open to guests and families only. Conference attendees are welcome to join their guests and families on the Thursday afternoon tours.

All tours will gather at Connexion Lounge, on Level 2 of the Boston Marriott Copley Place between Champions Sports Bar and Starbucks. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking tours and dress appropriately for the weather and type of tour.

If a tour is not listed, it is currently sold out. However, we expect a number of spots to open up, as they have in past years. If you would like to place your name on the tour waiting list, please contact Elisa Corsetto at 201.508.2714 or via e-mail. You may also visit the AEGIS hospitality desk near registration on Level 4 of the hotel to check tour availability. The desk is open Monday through Wednesday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Thursday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tours - Wednesday, July 17 & Thursday, July 18

Provincetown by Fast Ferry

Wednesday:
7:30 am – 5:00 pm*

Enjoy a 90-minute, high-speed ferry ride to Provincetown, or P-town as the locals call it, the historic and eccentric seaside village perched on the outermost tip of Cape Cod. Bask in the sun on an outdoor deck, or relax inside aboard the Provincetown III, a 149-passenger catamaran-hull ferry. En route, you’ll learn more about Provincetown, where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, before they continued on to Plymouth, and today, four hundred years later, a diverse population of artists, craftspeople, fishermen and authors inhabits one the oldest art colonies in the country.  When you arrive at 10:00 am, wander through P-town’s narrow, vibrant streets at your own pace and enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of people, shops, galleries and eateries. Or, take an optional 60-minute trolley tour to learn more about the town and its history.  *A voucher for lunch will be provided.  The return fast ferry departs Provincetown at 3:00 pm.

Transfer time between hotel and Provincetown: 2 hours


Newport Mansion Tour

Wednesday:
8:30 am – 4:00 pm*

In the late 1800s, many of the wealthiest American industrialists built summer “cottages” in Newport, Rhode Island.  Marvel at the opulence of three Gilded Age residences: The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II; Marble House, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles; and The Elms, home to amazing French and Venetian paintings, Oriental jades and Renaissance ceramics. You’ll see sunken gardens, elaborate crystal chandeliers, grand pianos, stables, tea houses and spectacular fountains. Adjusted for inflation, Marble House, with 500,000 cubic yards of marble, would cost more than $325 million to build today. Learn about Newport’s history and enjoy self-guided audio tours of each mansion.  *A boxed lunch is included.  A feature film is available on the bus rides. 

Transfer time between hotel and Newport, RI: 2 hours


Whale Watching

Wednesday:
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Thursday:
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Board a large, high-speed catamaran that will take you to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay on this 3-hour whale watching tour. There is no guarantee that you will see a whale breach the surface of the water, however humpback whales flock to this area every summer to socialize and feed on their favorite foods, which also attract finback and minke whales, white-sided dolphins, seals and sea birds. Your questions will be answered by a professional researcher from the Whale Center of New England, who will provide facts about whales during the trip, explain how to identify different species, and reveal how scientists keep track of individual animals.  The boat offers table seating and both open and enclosed decks.

Transfer time between hotel and boat: 20 minutes


New England Aquarium

Wednesday:
9:15 am – 12:45 pm
1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday:
9:15 am – 12:45 pm
1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

See whatever you want at your own pace on this self-guided visit to the New England Aquarium. Visit the tide pool at the Edge of the Sea where you can pet a sea star, cradle a hermit crab and meet a lobster. Discover the Science of Sharks exhibit, featuring shark species from around the world. You’ll be mesmerized by the 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef exhibit teeming with more than 1,000 marine animals. Don’t miss the Shark and Ray Touch Tank! Aquarium educators are always present to answer your questions. Includes a ticket to your choice of three IMAX movies: Turtle Odyssey, Oceans: Our Blue Planet or Great White Shark.

Transfer time between hotel and aquarium: 20 minutes


A Tale of Pirates and Patriots Walking Tour

Wednesday:
9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Hear fabulous 18th-century pirates’ tales on this 90-minute walking tour and imagine the American Revolution as it unfolded along the Freedom Trail and Boston's 18th-century harbor. When American Colonists needed cash to fund the revolution and support their economy, they turned to sea-bandits, which was useful until they began to prey on local merchants as well. Learn all about the landlubbers and jack tars, pirates and privateers, Tories and revolutionaries, “impressed” sailors and smugglers who plied their trade − legal and illegal – in America’s largest colonial port city.

Transfer time between hotel and walking tour: 30 minutes


Boston Tea Party Experience

Wednesday:
9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday:
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

You won’t just look at history, you’ll reenact the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution. Your 18th-century costumed host will guide you through virtual exhibits and an interactive colonial town meeting. Board one of two tall ships to partake in the hands-on revolutionary act of “dumping the tea” into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes imposed on the American Colonists by the British. Following the tour, enjoy unlimited tea tastings with traditional scones in Abigail's Tea Room. All five of the types of tea that were dumped into the harbor will be available for tasting.

Transfer time between hotel and harbor: 15 minutes


Local Boston Food Tour and Cooking Class

Wednesday:
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm*

Thursday:
9:15 am – 1:00 pm*
1:15 pm – 5:00 pm*

Begin with a trip to the Boston Public Market, home to 40 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs. Then step into the kitchen and learn to cook a delicious three-course meal with New England’s freshest seasonal ingredients. Fun for all skill levels, each person will have a role in making the meal. The chef will highlight the area’s rich food traditions and discuss the local farmers and artisans who provided the food you’ll use in the dishes you’re putting together. Learn new culinary techniques and recipes, hone your cooking skills and taste what you’ve cooked up.  *Please eat a light breakfast or lunch prior to joining the tour, as the meal will not be available until the end.   

Transfer time between hotel and market: 15 minutes


Wit and Women of the Revolution Walking Tour

Wednesday:
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Meet the women who took part in the American Revolution, and inspired generations of women who followed to embark on their own struggles for freedom and equality, on this 90-minute walking tour. Walk the Freedom Trail and explore four centuries of Revolutionary Women who changed history – featuring Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer, Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Phillis Wheatley and Susan B. Anthony. Visit the places where these women’s voices were heard and works were published, and where they were laid to rest along the Freedom Trail’s iconic red-brick line.

Transfer time between hotel and walking tour: 30 minutes


USS Constitution Ship & Museum

Wednesday:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is a three-masted tall ship that was an active-duty US Navy vessel and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world when it was turned into a museum in 1972. You’ll discover how “Old Ironsides” has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797, learn how school children contributed pennies to help save the warship and hear how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air. You’ll have time to board the ship itself and explore the museum’s hands-on exhibits and displays. You can join the optional guided tour or explore at your own pace. Note that this is a secure, government property, so a security inspection and federal or state photo ID for visitors 18 and older is required to tour the ship.

Transfer time between hotel and museum: 30 minutes


Learn To Sail Aboard The Liberty Clipper

Wednesday:
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday:
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of sailing or just relax and watch the scenery and the city go by aboard the Liberty Clipper, a 125-foot tall sailing ship, rigged as a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. You’re  welcome to participate as much or as little as you choose during your two hours on the water. Inspired by the famous Baltimore Clipper ships of the 19th century, the Liberty Clipper was designed and built in 1983. The ship carries three head-sails, or jibs, a fore-sail and a main-sail. Those interested in learning to sail will raise the sails and perform other tasks at various stations on the schooner.

Transfer time between hotel and ship: 15 minutes


Fenway Park and the Green Monster

Wednesday:
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday:
9:00 am – 11:30 am

“America's Most Beloved Ballpark” is a place where dreams come true, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox legends Ted Williams, Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice. Visit Pesky's Pole, the right-field foul pole named after Johnny Pesky, and sit atop the world-famous Green Monster, the left-field wall that stands 37 feet, 2 inches high. Your experienced tour guide will provide a thrilling, one-hour walking tour of Fenway Park, the heart of Red Sox Nation. After your tour, you’ll have time to shop for Red Sox souvenirs.

Transfer time between hotel and ballpark: 10 minutes


Plimoth Plantation

Thursday:
8:45 am – 2:45 pm*

Step into a 17th-century colonial village, where you’ll meet historical reenactors portraying residents of Plymouth Colony, and hear their stories of raising families and crops, and enduring the hardships of life as colonists. Visit the Wampanoag Homesite, where Wampanoag Native People − who have inhabited the area for 10,000 years – will show you how their ancestors lived in the 1600s, planting crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. Watch crafts being made and see rare and heritage breeds of livestock in the Nye Barn. Your guide will tell you about Plimoth Plantation and screen a movie during the bus ride. *A lunch buffet is included.

Transfer time between hotel and Plymouth: 1 hour


African-American Patriots Walking Tour

Thursday:
9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Celebrate the African-American patriots who played a vital role in the American Revolution in Boston and in the formation of our country on this 90-minute walking tour. Freemen and slaves, African-Americans joined local militias and some were members of the Sons of Liberty. Approximately 5,000 black soldiers served in the Continental Army, however even more worked for the British Army, which offered freedom to slaves. Led by an 18th-century costumed guide, you’ll view history through the eyes of African-American revolutionaries, including Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall and Peter Salem.

Transfer time between hotel and walking tour: 30 minutes


Witches of Salem

Thursday:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm*

At the Salem Witch Museum, learn what led to the hangings of 19 innocent people during the Witch Trials of 1692 in an exhibit based on actual trial documents. The museum also features the exhibit Witches: Evolving Perceptions. Walk through Salem to The House of Seven Gables, the 1668 seaside colonial mansion associated with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of the same name. The site also includes three historic houses built in 1655, 1682 and 1750 (Hawthorne’s birthplace). On the bus ride to Salem, your guide will tell you more about the town and screen a movie. Time permitting, on your way back to Boston, you’ll make a brief photo stop in Marblehead for the spectacular ocean view at Castle Rock. *A boxed lunch is included.

Transfer time between hotel and Salem: 45 minutes


Boston Modern Art Scene

Thursday:
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Experience the world of modern art on the waterfront in Boston’s Seaport District during an afternoon at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).  The ICA was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA and features outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance. Your guided tour of the Institute will include the highlights of the permanent collection, offering a diverse overview of national and international artworks in a range of media. Special exhibits in July include Nina Chanel Abney; Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art and Design; and Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors.

Transfer time between hotel and museum: 15 minutes


Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Thursday:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is located in the original Carriage House on the grounds of the Weld Estate, now Larz Anderson Park. The Carriage House was designed by the city architect of Boston, Edmund M. Wheelwright, in 1888 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum includes America’s Oldest Car Collection, comprised of 14 vehicles purchased by the Andersons, including their 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout. Join the optional guided tour or wander through the museum and park at your own pace. Don’t miss the special exhibit, The Golden Age, which focuses on the automotive era of distinction, style and grace from 1915 through 1948.

Transfer time between hotel and museum: 20 minutes