Boston: America’s Walking City

Known as America’s Walking City, Boston will be home to the largest gathering of public relations students at the PRSSA 2017 National Conference spanning from Oct. 6 through Oct. 10. Lucky for attendees, the venue for the Conference, the Boston Park Plaza, is located in the center of the city, so some the city’s most popular attractions are within walking distance. Below is a list of 11 exciting activities walking distance from the Boston Park Plaza to help you make the most of your Conference experience.


  1. The Boston Common and Public Garden

The Boston Common and Public Garden are two of Boston’s largest green spaces. They are great scenic spots for running, walking or simply enjoying the day. The Boston Public Garden is home to the bench featured in the film “Good Will Hunting,” the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, and the George Washington statue, which was the inspiration for the Conference logo.

  1. Newbury Street

Newbury Street is Boston’s famed lane of high-end shops. From stores like Dolce & Gabbana to H&M, you can browse or buy almost anything your heart desires. Newbury Street also has a number of delicious spots to grab a bite to eat, such as Trident Booksellers and Cafe, which is a book shop that doubles as an eatery.

  1. The Start of the Freedom Trail

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walking tour along a red brick trail marked on the sidewalk that takes you to 16 of Boston’s most historic spots including the Old State House and the Paul Revere House.

  1. Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing is home to Boston’s theater district as well as some of its best shopping. It is also a hub for Boston’s nightlife.

  1. The Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of Boston’s largest museums. It has a number of different collections and exhibitions that you can see for free with a student ID.

  1. Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall

Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall were historically used as meeting places for discussion and trade. Now, they are a place to meet and have a quick meal. Quincy Market is a hall lined with food on either side and Faneuil Hall has stalls showcasing all of the sweets and Boston gear you can imagine.

  1. The North End

The North End is Boston’s Italian District. You will find some of the best Italian food in the city here. Stop by Mike’s Pastry to get a cannoli the size of your face or Ernesto’s Pizzeria for a slice of pizza.

  1. Copley Square

From Copley Square, you can access the John Hancock Building, Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. It’s also just steps away from the Boston Marathon Finish Line.

  1. The Esplanade

The Esplanade is a scenic path that runs along a portion of the Charles River. It is home to the Hatch Shell and the Community Boathouse, which will be open during the Conference.

  1. The Prudential Center

One of Boston’s tallest buildings, the Prudential Center is the location of the Prudential Mall, which houses the Skywalk Observatory.

  1. Fenway Park

Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts’s major league baseball team. Constructed in 1912, Fenway Park has welcomed players from Babe Ruth to David Ortiz and events including concerts and Polartec Big Air at Fenway.

Remember, the registration deadline is Sept. 8, so register today for your opportunity to visit these attractions.

Rachel E. McLean is the PRSSA 2017 National Conference communications coordinator. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in history at Boston University in Boston, Mass. She currently works for culture: the word on cheese as an editorial and social media intern writing for the magazine, blogging and posting on their social media. Rachel is passionate about public relations and usually finds a way to mix social media and blogging into every aspect of her life. Follow Rachel on Twitter at @rachelemclean.

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