Search ChiefDelphi and you’ll find info from past years. I found this thread at the bottom of this thread. I’m sure there are others. Here are some random places –
Museum of Science – Though last year FIRST splurged and got us all in for free on the Friday evening. But a couple of hours (plus everyone jamming the food court) is never enough for the MOS. IMAX and planetarium is extra. Make sure you see the Van de Graaff generator demonstration! Boom! Pow!
New England Aquarium – I haven’t been there in a while, but the center tank is great to watch, and the penguins too! Also has an IMAX
MIT Museum – Never been there but hey, it is MIT.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one large food court – or used to be. I haven’t been in there for years.
A little out of the way but unusual is the USS Constitution. There is a “water taxi” that gets over that way across the harbor. (I think it’s part of the MBTA, so see their website.)
For Boston itself, if is a walkable city, and a lot of historic places that are on, um, I forget what it’s called. A red brick “historic tour” line that winds thru town. There is (or was) a tour that starts at the Boston Commons for the history. I’ll let someone more knowledgeable pipe up.
Depending where you are staying, the MBTA, the local subway system (known as “the T”) goes to all above. Four subway lines (red, orange, blue subway cars, and the green trolley lines). There are bus lines and commuter trains too, but for the downtown the subway – or walking! – are better.
And for the record-- the event is at BU’s Agganis Arena. There is parking, but the “B Line” of the Green Line trolley stops right out front. McDonalds is still gone (still a chance for another fast food to go in), but there are other places all up and down Comm. (short for Commonwealth) Ave to eat.
Oh, I almost forgot. The 2008 Game Hint location! 42.348805, -71.076072, 342.242026. It’s on the Green Line – see the thread for details.