Bleisure in Boston: 5 Things to Sneak in on Your Next Business Trip

November 29, 2018 | Local Tips


Boston attracts a lot of visitors here on business and it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the world's best universities, has a booming start up scene, and its metropolitan area owns the 8th best economy in the country. There's a whole lot of business happening in our little city.

While business trips are great for traveling on the company dime, there's often not a whole lot of time to enjoy it. This has given rise to "bleisure" - the hottest trend in travel. A portmanteau for business and leisure, bleisure is when you tack on an extra day or two to your business trip for pleasure. As the old saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

If you find yourself in Boston on business and don’t want to turn into a dull boy or girl yourself, here are five activities to enjoy during your stay:

For the Sports Fan: Take a Tour of Fenway Park

As the oldest operating ballpark in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park has had nearly every baseball legend since 1912 play on its field. It's more than a building, it's a piece of sports history.

Take a guided tour of "America's Most Beloved Ballpark." You will hear exciting stories from the Red Sox rich history and get an up-close look at The Green Monster, The Lone Red Seat, where Ted Williams cracked the park's longest home run at 502 feet on June 9, 1946, and Pesky's Pole, on the right field foul line.

Guided tours of Fenway Park are held daily and cost $20.00.

For the Lover of a Fantastic View: Visit the Skywalk Observatory

At 750 feet high, the Prudential Center is second tallest building in Boston (and probably its most iconic). The Skywalk Observatory is perched on the 52nd floor, offering a stunning 360-degree view of the city. From 700 feet above street level, you’ll be treated with incredible views of Fenway Park, the Charles River, the Boston Common, and so much more!

The cost is $16 for adults, $11 for children, and $13 for students and seniors. The price includes an audio tour, where can hear about the history of Boston and the buildings you see around you. Your cost of admission also includes entry to the Dreams of Freedom Museum, which celebrates the important role immigrants have played in the Boston’s history.

For the Beer Drinker: Tour the Sam Adams Brewery

Do you turn your nose up at the mass-produced beer brands? Does your idea of a great night out start and end at your local brewery? It’s hard to imagine the craft beer craze that has taken America by storm would have occurred without the influence of the Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams. They’ve done more for the industry than anyone and continue to support small breweries through a number of generous programs.

The Samuel Adams Brewery Tour is a must-do for any beer lover. See where the craft beer mania all began and get a firsthand look at how they make their award-winning brews. And yes, this free, hour-long tour does include some tasty samples.

For the Television Enthusiast: Have a Drink at Cheers

Don’t you want to be where everybody knows your name?

Founded as the Bull & Finch Pub in 1969, Cheers Beacon Hill is famous for having been used in the exterior shots of the main setting in the smash hit television show Cheers, which ran for 275 episodes on NBC. While you won't find Sam behind the bar or Norm perched on his stool, Cheers is a fun place to grab a bite to eat or even just take a selfie in front of its iconic entryway.

Cheers is open daily and located at 84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.

For the History Buff: Climb Aboard Old Ironsides

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston is steeped in history. One of the most popular historical landmarks is the USS Constitution, an active naval vessel launched in 1797. The three-masted heavy frigate was named by George Washington and saw major action against the British Navy in the War of 1812, notably the battles of Constitution vs Java and Constitution vs. Guerriere, where it earned the nickname Old Ironsides.

Today, the USS Constitution is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and used to promote the United States Navy. Visitors are allowed to board the ship and explore its top three decks.

The Taj Boston’s convenient location in Back Bay puts you near all give of these destinations and a whole lot more. We welcome you to stay at our luxurious hotel while you’re in town.