Boston is a great place full of history and old city charm. Did you know you can explore the city for free? That means you can see the great spots of Boston without depleting your travel budget.
Enjoy Nature at Boston Common and Public Gardens
Boston Common is the oldest park in America. Right across the street is the Public Garden. The park has the distinction of being the first botanical garden in the United States. There are many free events, especially in the summer. The popular Shakespeare on the Common is always a crowd favorite. In the winter, there is a skating rink for visitors to enjoy.
Join Harvard University
Want to get into Harvard for free? Even if you don’t have the grades, you can still explore the university. The one-hour, student-led tour takes you along the grounds throughout Harvard Yard.
Visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall has been a popular meeting place since 1743. It’s actually a location of several different buildings (Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, South Market, and North Market). On its grounds, you might find jugglers, magicians, and musicians as you stroll by. When you’re done catching up on history and entertainment, you can shop and grab a bite to eat.
Appreciate Art at the Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library offers free architecture and art tours throughout the year. Many are hosted by volunteers but there is also an option to take a self-guided tour.
Walk the Charles River Esplanade
If you feel like getting out for a walk, the Esplanade is a great way to see the Charles. In the summer, the Hatch Shell is the spot on Wednesday for free live music. Friday nights are another freebie with a selection of movies in the park.
Explore the Heavens at Coit Observatory
The Coit Observatory at Boston University offers a chance to gaze at the stars. Wednesday night is the public open night and admission is free. The events depend on the weather, so call ahead to confirm.
Tour the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail offers a perfect opportunity to explore Boston’s great historical sites. The two-and-a-half-mile walk takes you past 16 sites, many related to the American Revolution. Most of the stops are free, though some do ask for a small donation.
Boston offers a variety of things to do and you’ll be surprised that exploring this beautiful city sometimes won’t even cost you a penny.