Boston Offsite Tours and Events

The World Congress offers a number of optional tours and excursions for delegates and their accompanying guests. Please note that some optional activities are designed especially for accompanying guests and run concurrently with the World Congress on Pain program. Tours and activities are available before, during and after the official Congress days. Cancellations can be made free of charge until August, 15, 2018. After this date, no refunds will be possible.

Walking & Talking Tours

Harborwalk and The Rose Kennedy Greenway

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (Thursday, Friday)

Boston’s Harborwalk is an inviting public walkway along the waterfront. It has a wide range of amenities including parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, exhibit areas, interpretive signage and water transportation facilities. Walk along the Harborwalk to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The 15 acres stretch encompasses gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. The Greenway is a key feature of the modern reinvention of Boston, Boston Harbor, the South Boston Waterfront and the Harbor Islands, offering beautiful places for relaxation within the rhythm of the urban environment.


Minimum per group: 15
Maximum per group: 20

Half Day Excursions

North End Culinary Tour

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Thursday, Friday)

Tour the famous “Little Italy” section of Boston, the North End. This borough attracts visitors and Bostonians alike with its intimate and familial setting. One of the oldest neighborhoods in America, the North End is made up of quaint and narrow cobblestone streets. Visit various shops and taste along the way: pastry shops, a confection store, a coffee/spice store, a greengrocer, a salumeria (deli) and a liquor store. Your guide will divulge secrets on how to spot authentic ingredients, where to buy them and how to prepare them.

$115  (Lunch not included)

Minimum per group: 30
Maximum per group: 45

Boston Duck Tour and Fenway Park

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Thursday, Saturday)

The Duck Tour will cruise by well-known Boston landmarks such as the State House to Bunker Hill and the Boston Garden; Boston Common and Copley Square; Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street; Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower; and more. The Duck then splashes into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skyline. The tour then goes to Fenway Park, home of the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains much like it was opening day on April 20, 1912.  Soak up the rich history and hear the echoes of the past. View the stadium from the Press Box, stroll the field and walk along the warning track and come face-to-face with the fabled Green Monster Wall.

$125 (Lunch not included)

Minimum per group: 34
Maximum per group: 34

Boston Red Sox Games

Enjoy an authentic Boston experience. Join Boston Red Sox fans and fellow 2018 Congress attendees for an evening at the iconic Fenway Park!

IASP has reserved a block of seats exclusively for IASP 2018 Congress attendees to cheer, network, and relax with other Congress attendees. Tickets are limited and are purchased directly from the Boston Red Sox. Please feel free to meet up prior to the game at @ 6:45pm at Sam Deck: The Sam Deck provides an amazing view of the city’s skyline and is atop the numbers that have been retired of former Boston Red Sox players. Purchase tickets.

Game #1: Tuesday, September 11@ 7:10PM
Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Fenway Park, Grandstand Section 4
Number of tickets: 204
$22 per ticket

Game #2: Friday, September 14 @ 7:10PM
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets
Fenway Park, Right Field Box Section 92
Number of tickets: 200
$52 per ticket

NOTES for BOTH Games:

  • IASP attendee meet-up location – Fenway Park, Sam Deck.
  • Fenway Park opens at 5:40PM (1 ½ prior to start of game).
  • Tickets will be emailed to attendees by the Boston Red Sox.


  • Tickets will be emailed to attendees who have purchased them.
  • Questions regarding tickets and Fenway Park? Email:
  • Tickets do not include a tour of Fenway Park.


You can arrange transportation via Cab, Uber, Lyft or public transportation. View more information.

Museum Hopping & Shopping

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Sunday)

Visit two of Boston’s most popular museums: The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Guests will be professionally guided through the MFA, one of the greatest international art museums in the world.  It exhibits the largest group of Monet paintings outside of Paris as well as renowned collections of European and American paintings.  Participants will enjoy a creative shopping experience in the amazing Museum of Fine Arts gift store.  Stimulate your artistic side as you meander through the store viewing items from Aztec clothing to prints from famous artists.

Following lunch at the MFA, guests will walk across the street to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a breathtaking palazzo created at the turn of the century by wealthy art lover Isabella Stewart Gardner.  Isabella’s pioneering independence and eccentricity overcame resistance from the very conservative Boston Brahman Society in opening a female-owned gallery.  Despite being the victim of the most costly art heist in the twentieth century, the museum displays over 3,000 works of art including objects by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and Matisse.  Its beautiful interior flowering courtyard and outdoor gardens are host to some of the most elaborate parties in Boston.

$110 (Lunch not included)

Minimum per group: 30
Maximum per group: 50

Full-Day Excursions

Elegance and Charm of Newport

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Sunday)

Head south and travel along the coast to the town of Newport, Rhode Island.  Discover this legendary seaside resort and summer playground for this country’s first millionaires and home of America’s first castles.  Travel along the shoreline via the spectacular “10 mile drive”, admiring regal mansions against the backdrop of the magnificent Atlantic.  Revel in the luxury of the Vanderbilt’s “summer cottage” -the Breakers –a sprawling mansion with 70 rooms illustrating the Vanderbilt’s role in the Gilded Age.

Other mansions may include Rosecliff, Marble House, or the Elms. Then take the opportunity to shop at many of the boutiques and niche shop fronts located in the area

$189 (Lunch included)

Minimum per group: 30
Maximum per group: 50

Boston Revealed

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Thursday, Saturday)

The tour group will see Copley Square and the Back Bay, home of the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church. View the Boston Common and Public Garden, and the State House and the 54th Regiment Memorial. Tour Kings Chapel and the Old Granary Burying Grounds. View the Old South Meeting House, where planning for the Tea Party “coup” took place, and the Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was recited to Boston residents.  Experience the North End and Faneuil Hall. Visit Boston’s famous Haymarket Square with live vendors.

$164 (Lunch included)

Minimum per group: 30
Maximum per group: 50

On The Trail through Cambridge

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Friday)

Head to Harvard Square, where the tour guide will show the historical back roads of Cambridge. See George Washington’s former home. Stroll to the Harvard University campus. View the Civil War Memorial Hall, Sander’s Theater, Harvard Museum of Natural History, as well as various other points of interest. Enjoy an hour long Charles River sightseeing cruise. Enjoy views of Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, MIT, Harvard, and countless sailboats and rowers.

$165 (Lunch included)

Minimum per group: 30
Maximum per group: 50