After HOW Design Live: Exploring Boston

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HOW Design Live has descended upon Boston, making this the conference’s fourth visit to the historic city (previous HOW Design Conference events hit Boston in 1994, 2008 and 2012). Boston’s rich history, vibrant visual arts culture, something-for-everyone food scene and active outdoor life make it a great destination for HOW Design Live and the thousands of designers who have been parading through the Hynes Convention Center this week.

If you’re looking for something to do after the program ends this week or for ways to spend an extra day in Boston after HOW Design Live, here are a few of the city’s highlights that caught our eye:

Explore classic and modern art. Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is hosting two notable exhibitions while HOW Design Live is in town. Boston Loves Impressionism features 30 of the museum’s Impressionist works chosen as “fan favorites” by visitors. The show includes notable works by Degas, Monet and van Gogh. Another MFA gallery hosts American Gestures, a collection of Abstract Expressionist works by Pollock, Krasner, de Koonig, Motherwell and others.

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Get outdoors. Boston’s gorgeous in the spring, and it’s worth getting outside for a walk, run or bike ride. Rent a bike or arrange a tour at Boston’s Downtown bike shop or walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail. By foot or by bike, BostonUSA’s city guide will help you find other places to explore.

Geek out on science. Boston’s Museum of Science is a must-see for both science nerds and exhibit designers. The newest permanent exhibit, the Hall of Human Life, features more than 70 interactive elements.

Drink and dine. A few of our picks near the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood:

Bon Me truck

Pavement Coffee House, 1096 Boylston Street

Bon Me Vietnamese food truck (follow on Twitter for locations)

The Salty Pig, 130 Dartmouth

HOW Design Live Boston has been an epic adventure. Now you can take in the sights and sounds of Boston after the flurry of the conference experience.

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