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Traveling to the Accelerate Conference

The Venue

Norton’s Woods Conference Center and The Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) are pleased to host the Accelerate: Data for Social Impact Conference Norton’s Woods Conference Center at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This unique venue is conveniently located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and is a short walk from many transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, and city attractions. See below for more information and travel tips to plan your trip to Boston.

Vehicle Entrance (Recommended)
200 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143

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Pedestrian Entrance
136 Irving Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Getting there

There are several ways to get to Norton’s Woods Conference Center:

  • From Boston Logan International Airport – 20 minutes by car
  • From Amtrak at South Station – 20 minutes by car
  • From public transportation – Harvard Square T Station (Red Line) – 20 minute walk | 86 Bus route – 2 minute walk


Hotel Recommendations

There are many hotel options near the conference center. Here are a few that we recommend: 

    • Hotel Veritas– 18-minute walk / 5-minute drive to the conference venue

Boston Public Garden

Explore Boston

If you’re staying in Boston beyond the conference, check out some of these local landmarks:


Boston Common – Take a stroll in the oldest city park in the United States. Make Way for Ducklings, ride the legendary Swan Boats, and see the new bronze sculpture The Embrace by Hank Willis Thomas, representing an embrace between Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Experience the city’s unique history by walking one of the many heritage trails, including the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, and the Innovation Trail

Fenway Park

Catch the Boston Red Sox vs Atlanta Braves baseball game at the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball.


Opened to the public in 1903, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays one of the world’s most remarkable art collections. 

The Harvard Art Museums provide free access to three University-based museums, which house sculptures, textile arts, artifacts, and other creative works.


Catch a production of The Great Gatsby by Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin with choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard.

Boston Public Library 

Visit the 1895 Renaissance Revival building and explore its stunning architecture and art treasures. The library also offers a unique high tea and fun book bar.


Don’t miss out on the legendary local seafood at The Barking Crab and Union Oyster House.