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James
Austin (Texas)

Boston

Free things to do in Boston?

What are the best free or inexpensive things to do in Boston? Love being active outdoors, music, food, museums and anything fun.


7 Answers

top answer by
Krista from San Francisco

I miss Boston so much! You're lucky to be visiting soon. Here are a few suggestions for sights to see/things to do that won't break the bank:


Some faves that are a bit more expensive but might be worth splurging on include a Red Sox game (there is seriously nothing in the world like it) and dinner at Deuxave or Boston Chops.

I hope you have an amazing trip. :)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. North End (neighborhood)
  2. Mike's Pastry (restaurant)
  3. Freedom Trail (attraction)
  4. Faneuil Hall (attraction)
  5. Fenway Park (attraction)
  6. Boston Common (attraction)
  7. Public Garden (attraction)
  8. The Shops at Prudential Center (attraction)
  9. Cambridge (Massachusetts) (city)
  10. Newbury St (attraction)
  11. Back Bay (neighborhood)
  12. Beacon Hill (attraction)
  13. Citi Performing Arts Center-Wang Theatre (attraction)
  14. Boston Duck Tours (attraction)
  15. Museum of Science (attraction)
  16. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (attraction)
  17. Deuxave (restaurant)
  18. Boston Chops (restaurant)
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answered by
Katherine from Boston

A lot of the historical spots are free or cheap since they are run by the US Park service. If you walk the Freedom Trail, you'll hit a bunch of them. I'd also recommend the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum although it's outside of the city center. 

You should definitely walk the Esplanade. It takes you along the Charles River. The DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade sometimes hosts outdoor music concerts. In the summer, it's known for showing free flicks on Fridays. 

Also, if you're willing to travel outside the city, you might really like the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. In fact, if you go out that way, you should definitely work in a stop at Henry Thoreau's house. It's right on Walden Pond, a popular swimming spot. The only trouble with Walden Pond is its often too popular and hard to find a parking spot. I'd get there early. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Freedom Trail (attraction)
  2. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (attraction)
  3. DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell (attraction)
  4. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (attraction)
  5. Walden Pond (attraction)
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answered by
Tracy from Lafayette (California)

I'm going to try "Boston by Foot" a night walking tour of Boston's dark side.  $15. pp.  And, Boston Harbor Hotel's Free Summer in the City.  Entertainment.  They have something different Tuesday - Friday.  It wouldn't be a trip to Boston with out going to one of the great restaurants in the North End and a stop at Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry.  I will also check out Saint Anthony's Feast of all Feast's.  They are celebrating their 96th year.  It looks amazing - so excited!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mike's Pastry (restaurant)
  2. Modern Pastry (restaurant)
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answered by
Zack from Brooklyn

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a hidden gem.  Its $5 with student id otherwise I think its around $12?  Such an incredible place to visit. Boston Common is free and a very cool park to walk around... Just go to little Italy and get lost through all the narrow cobbled streets.  Just remember that you're still in the States and not in Europe cause at times you might second guess yourself.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (attraction)
  2. Boston Common (attraction)
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answered by
Kelly from Massachusetts

Castle Island is a great outdoor place. Fun to walk around near the water. There's a beach, fort, and a great place for hot dogs. The most fun part is that it's close to the airport so the airplanes fly really low overhead! Kids love it!


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  1. Castle Island (attraction)
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answered by
Nathan from Hampton, New Brunswick

If you walk around Boston and pay attention to all the interesting historical sites you can pretty much turn your free walk into a museum tour. The city is covered in History. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Boston (city)
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answered by
Kathleen from Boston, Massachusetts

Walking the Emerald Necklace is a great activity. If you get tired, you can always bail out by catching public transportation.


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  1. Emerald Necklace (attraction)
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