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Best Team Building Activities: Mild & Wild

Ames Boston Hotel’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships

Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt

While you could simply stroll Boston’s legendary two-and-a-half-mile Freedom Trail, which wends its way through 16 Revolutionary Era sites, it’s even more enjoyable when there’s an interactive game component to it. In this teambuilding activity, groups hunt to find and photograph certain landmarks. The team that completes the entire scavenger hunt first – and correctly – wins.

North End Food Tour

If there’s one thing the North End of Boston is best known for, it’s its scores of Italian eateries specializing in everything from pasta to pizza to pastries. Mingle with your colleagues over a leisurely-paced one-mile walking tour that carves through the streets of this neighborhood and stops at three different iconic restaurants for wine, apps, and famous Italian pastries.

Charles River Excursions

The best view of Boston’s skyline is accessed via the Charles River, perhaps New England’s most prominent urban river. Paddle Boston provides the kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards (groups up to 50), you bring the paddling power to push you past the Dome of MIT, the Esplanade, and landmarks like the Hancock and Prudential buildings, Citgo Sign, and Financial District.

Brewery Tour

What better way for coworkers to bond than over brews? National beer brand Samuel Adams makes its home here in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain Both and offers both public and private tours (for groups of 20 or more). Harpoon Brewery, located in the Marine Industrial Park of South Boston, offers one-hour public tours on the hour (on weekends, it’s every 20 minutes) and private tours for groups who also book a room rental or event space.

Boston Duck Tours

Is it a car? A boat? Or a bit of both? Set in authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicles, these iconic tours travel to famous Boston landmarks, like gold-domed State House, Bunker Hill, and Quincy Market. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, the con-”duck”-tor steers you right to the edge of the Charles, then in to the river, where guests can take turns manning the wheel of this water-friendly vehicle.

Themed Dinners: Cuisine with Concepts

The best banquet menus and creative menu items that are deliciously destination-focused. 

Boston-Themed Lobster Bake

The hotel sets up a seafood smorgasbord of local lobster, oysters, and clam chowder in one of their event spaces for a finger-licking feast that showcases the flavors that make this region special. 

North End Italian Feast

Let Boston’s “Little Italy” come to you in this sampler menu that highlights the most iconic Italian dishes from the more than 100 restaurants that make up the North End. 

The Mike’s Pastry Dessert Experience

The ultimate end to the North End Italian Feast, this multi-course dessert brings in a vast selection of the legendary sweets from Mike’s Pastry, including more than 10 types of cannoli, rainbow cookies, scores of macaroons, and more.

Cultivar Restaurant

A culinary gem lives right in the Ames Boston Hotel for groups to take advantage: Cultivar, a woodsy-chic restaurant owned by notable Boston chef Mary Dumont. Specializing in modern American garden cuisine, the menu features dishes prepared with super-fresh ingredients plucked from on-site hydroponic gardens.

Off-Site Meeting Venues: Landmarks to Live It Up

Meetings become lifetime experiences when hosted in one of Boston’s most unique meeting venues. 

Old State House

Thanks to a special partnership Ames Boston Hotel has with the Old State House (located just across the street from the hotel), meeting groups are able to gain access to this historic landmark where the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed from the balcony. Chambers are available for rental for intimate dinners, cocktail parties, and for larger functions, like business gatherings and lectures, of up to 150 people.

New England Aquarium

This iconic Boston attraction is the perfect setting for an ocean-inspired evening dinner amid chattering penguins and lit-up tanks packed with sea life. With several venues accommodating 30 to 2,000 guests, your group has the option to rent the entire aquarium or just one private room for an evening full of wonder. 

Government Center

While not available for rental, this sprawling city complex and plaza hosts regular events throughout the year to shape group outings around, including ice skating and a holiday market in the winter and weekend farmers’ markets and open-air festivals in the summer. 


Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Located steps from the hotel, this historic marketplace caters to conferences, corporate meetings and events, and dinner parties with both small-scale space, like the Rotunda, and large, including the entire Quincy Market

State Room

Perched atop Sixty State Street skyscraper, this urban event space offers unmatched views of the harbor and city during receptions, corporate events, and fundraising galas. Its clean, contemporary design allows endless possibilities for event set up, where rooms can be combined to create one large event space, or used individually for intimate affairs.

Meeting Technology & Amenities: Simple to Smart

Offerings – from high-tech highlights to just plain ingenious add-ons – that make holding a meeting at Ames Boston Hotel unlike anything else.

State-of-the-Art Technology

All meeting space is equipped with built-in audio visual, including drop-down screens and simultaneous projection on multiple screens. There is also a working fireplace and additional bandwidth available for groups that need to stream data.

Flexible Meeting Space

2,000 square feet of event space include a welcoming pre-registration area and two event rooms (Ames or Oliver & Oakes) that can be used in conjunction with each other or separated depending on your needs. Large floor-to-ceiling windows let in a flood of natural light.

Fitness Center

Open 24/7 and located on the second floor of the hotel. The fitness center is equipped with ellipticals, treadmills, free weights, medicine balls, and multipurpose weight stations. Classes are also available for groups up to 10 guests at a time (for a nice break in between meeting sessions).