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Cognito Boston Sibos 2014

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Sibos 2014 will take place in Boston from September 29th to October 2nd. An important center for asset management, banking, and mutual funds, Boston belies its geographic size with an oversized presence in these sectors. Cognito has created a list of Boston attractions that reflect the diverse Boston landscape – a modern city with historic importance – worth exploring while in town for Sibos.

Boston Harbor Islands

The Boston light on Little Brewster Island is America’s first lighthouse. The 1.75 million candlepower beacon is visible for 27 miles. Get a feel of the Massachusetts’ Bay culture on a ferry out to the Boston Harbor Islands where you can visit the lighthouse and enjoy the natural setting and isolation. Circle back to the inner harbor and try some local seafood. Oysters, anyone? Try Boston favorites Legal Sea Foods, Row 34, and Neptune Oyster.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a zesty, often scandalous, Boston personality. An avid art lover, she collected rare and significant pieces over three decades, compiling them into the overwhelming Gardner collection. As requested by the lady herself, the exhibits have remained exactly as she left them since passing in 1924. That is, until the famed art heist of 1999 left some frames empty. Surrounding a palm tree filled courtyard, the Gardner is a step back in time.

The Freedom Trail, State House, and Boston Common

The Freedom Trail covers all the famed spots of the American Revolution. See the site of the Boston Massacre and John Hancock’s grave within one block of each other. The State House, Massachusetts’s golden domed government center sits atop Beacon Hill and looks out over the Boston Common, where 300 years ago cows grazed and criminals were hung publicly. Across the street from the State House is the Robert Gould Shaw memorial, a bronze relief displaying America’s first all-black regimen during the Civil War. This is also a spot where Boston’s best food trucks park.

Charles River Esplanade

Welcome to the local’s park. Just one block from the beautiful, but tourist filled Public Garden is the Charles River Esplanade, a three mile park stretching the length of Boston’s prized river. Sit on the docks and watch the MIT and Harvard sailing boats go by. If you’re feeling energetic, you can follow the walking path all the way to Boston University.

Boston Film Spots

According to most Bostonians (and members of the Academy), some of the best movies ever made were filmed in Boston. Get a feel for the real Hub and check out South Boston, where scenes from The Town, The Departed, and Mystic River were filmed. Have a drink in L Street Tavern, the bar featured in Good Will Hunting. Explore on your own or you can take a bus tour with On Location Tours to see more spots featured in Ted, Fever Pitch, and Field of Dreams.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Close to the Boston Convention Center and Sibos in the booming Seaport District, the ICA sports an amazing view of the Boston Harbor. A community-centered space, the ICA contains a growing permanent collection as well as an always changing rotation of traveling contemporary exhibits.

Sam Adams & Harpoon Brewery

Beer lovers rejoice! Boston’s beloved beer brands have opened their doors and are offering tours of their brewing facilities. $5 at the door gets you a guided tour including beer tastings. The Sam Adams Brewery is accessible via the orange Line and The Harpoon Brewery via the silver line. Both feature a beer hall with unique flavors on tap.

Boston Public Library

Established in 1848, the BPL is America’s first free municipal lending library. Situated in historic and impressive Copley Square, the library features a great and idyllic study hall (with green desk lights and everything. The Italian designed courtyard is a quiet sunny spot to catch some rays and pick up some café grub.

The North End

Mangia, Mangia! The North End is Boston’s Little Italy. Head over to Hanover Street where the streets are packed with quaint and bustling Italian restaurants. Grab Boston’s best pizza at Regina’s or best Italian Sub at Monica’s and then head out for a picnic on the greenway. Or if you’re looking for something sweet, Mike’s Pastry and Bova’s Bakery are world famous spots to grab cannolis.

Back Bay

Stroll down the picturesque shopping center of Newbury Street and window shop high end designer fashion. See how the other half of Boston lives by going up two blocks to Marlborough and Beacon Street, all sporting Boston’s iconic brownstones where the streets are framed with blooming trees.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a special devotion to architecture through a project they call Evolving Campus. MIT has commissioned each age’s leading architects to create a diverse and often contrasting campus landscape. From the famed Great Dome where leagues of MIT seniors have pranked school officials (one year they even managed to get a police car up there) from the surreal Frank Gehry designed Stata center, MIT is an unexpected architecture hub in a city often considered traditionalist. While far from comprehensive, this list will help you create a truly authentic Boston experience while you’re here. All of these spots are accessible via foot, the MBTA, our easily mastered subway and trolley system, or via cab. We are happy to be working with Sibos this year and encourage attendees to explore this great city.

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