Boston Regional Engagement
Boston, and the surrounding area, is home to over 400 alums. Use the links below to connect with your local ‘Cats!
Have an idea for a program or event? Looking for a way to get involved? Want to get an update on what’s happening in the region? Contact your leaders below!
A Crowd-Sourced Guide to Boston
- Revere Beach was the country’s first public beach, established in 1896.
- Boston built America’s first subway in 1897. The Tremont street subway is also the third in the world to use electric traction.
- The Fig Newton was named after a Boston suburb.
- The biggest art heist in history took place in Boston. More than $500 million worth of paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
What We Wished We'd Known: Advice for Alumni New to the City
- Play some kind of organized sport, sign up for a class through the adult education program in your town/neighborhood, attend alumni events, and never turn down an invitation.
- Don't get stuck in your neighborhood. There's a lot going on in the Boston area, and it's worth it to branch out, go exploring and appreciate the history.
- Try to find a connection with someone. It can be very tough moving here, especially from the South (or any other friendlier places). It can feel fairly lonely when you first arrive, so it's important to reach out to coworkers or friends of friends or family to try to feel some sense of belonging. If you're not from the area, it can be difficult to break in. Be ready to put the effort in and you will get plenty in return.
- Enjoy the fall!
- Avoid the Green Line. Plan extra time when using public transportation. Walking can sometimes be faster than taking the T, especially during peak times (morning/evening) and especially on the green line. Biking, within a 3-4 mile radius, is by far the fastest way to get around, but also by far the most dangerous.
- Find the A.R.T. theater in Cambridge—first-run Broadway quality in our backyard.
Must-Do Activities in Boston
- Get outside: Check out the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway for running and cycling. Head to Middlesex Fells Reservation and the Blue Hills Reservation for low key day hikes. Get out of the city to western Mass and NH for some mountain time. Go for a run or a sunset walk around Castle Island. Bike along the Harborwalk from Castle Island to UMASS-Boston. Visit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston Common, Public Garden, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
- Enjoy being close to water: Go on a Duck Tour. Enjoy the Charles River for fireworks, kayaking, and walking down the Esplanade. Take the ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands. Take a ride in the Boston Swan Boats and check out the Make Way for Ducklings Sculpture. Visit the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Enjoy lobsters rolls & fresh oysters! Sullivan's Restaurant serves the cheapest lobster roll or hot dog that you'll find in the city.
- Learn about American history: Visit the JFK library. Explore the MIT Campus, including the MIT Tunnels—with free museum-like exhibits, and the MIT Museum. See the USS Constitution. Check out the Boston Public Library.
- Cheer on Boston Sports: The Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Celtics and Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Boston Pride at Warrior Ice Arena. The New England Revolution and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Take the day off for ‘Patriot's Day’ and soak in all that is the Boston Marathon in the Back Bay.
- Soak up the art: Visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Attend a concert in Symphony Hall and enjoy some of the best acoustics in the country.