That’s the phrase so many fellows and their families use to describe their first reaction to the Cambridge–Boston area. Here, in one of the most culturally rich urban centers in the world, that kid-in-a-candy store feeling never goes away. During every afternoon off, there are a dozen possibilities for entertainment and recreation on campus or a subway ride away.
Be sure to check MITAC for discount tickets to arts and sporting events across the region. And visit the website of the MIT Parking and Transportation Office to learn about public transportation, shuttles, Zipcars, bicycles, and other ways to get to and from the cultural resources listed below.
Art in every genre, film (classic, independent, and experimental), theater, dance, and comedy. The Cambridge–Boston area is famous for its cultural depth and diversity. Nowhere is that more evident than in the area’s museums and galleries, from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art to Harvard’s many museums. The Cambridge art scene is especially vibrant, diverse, and pioneering, with the world-renowned American Repertory Theater just a couple of subway stops away in Harvard Square.
Metropolitan Cambridge–Boston is a well-known destination for foodies. Restaurants here are famous for their diversity, for their innovation, and for their refinement, so you’ll find feijoada and butecha and caviar and everything in between. If you went out to a different eatery every night during your year as a Sloan Fellow, you couldn’t cover them all. Here are a few restaurants close to the MIT campus. And check the food pages of The Boston Globe for the latest news on cutting-edge cuisine in the region.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll find many fascinating sites in New England—from Boston’s Freedom Trail, which tracks key landmarks along the country’s path to independence, to Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims first settled.
You’ll find that this is a community serious about music. Local clubs, concert halls, and university auditoriums offer a dizzying array of styles—you could go out and hear music every night of the week. Check the pages of The Boston Phoenix for music listings of contemporary music and jazz. If your taste runs to classical, the region offers dozens of world-class ensembles and orchestras ranging from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. The magical Tanglewood music complex in Western Massachusetts presents a wide range of music in a beautiful mountain setting.
The region offers excellent shopping opportunities, and two good places to start are Boston’s Back Bay and Newbury Street, where you’ll find the goods of exclusive designers and local artisans alike. Faneuil Hall and nearby Haymarket Square offer a marketplace vibe. In Cambridge, Massachusetts Avenue is lined with trendy shops from Central Square to Porter Square. You’ll also find malls, from the high-end Copley Place to the more affordable Cambridgeside Galleria, which runs a free shuttle from Kendall Square.
Metropolitan Boston is known for both its athletes and its fans. If you like to ski, play tennis, climb mountains, sail, or surf, you’ll find yourself in good company. And team spirit is in the air all seasons of the year for the local hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, and football teams. MITAC not only sells discount tickets to many games, but also organizes ski trips and other activities for members of the MIT community.
The MIT Sloan Fellows Program didn’t just change the way I think about business. It changed the way I think. If ever there were a brain trust for engineering and innovation, it’s MIT. As a fellow, I had access to that incredible depth of technical expertise and cutting-edge research.David P. Hess, SF '90 United States President Pratt & Whitney/UTC
The MIT Sloan Fellows Program didn’t just change the way I think about business. It changed the way I think. If ever there were a brain trust for engineering and innovation, it’s MIT. As a fellow, I had access to that incredible depth of technical expertise and cutting-edge research.
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