Boston's Best Free Things to Do

Jessica Polizzotti

By , Local Expert, Boston
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Boston is a bustling city with lots to do, but not every attraction requires big spending, many of the city's best attractions are free. Some year round, others for select hours and some on certain days. Make your time in Boston a bit less expensive by using 10best's list of Free Attractions as your guide. 

Art enthusiasts are in luck because the Boston Public Library, located in Copley Square offers more than just great reads, but art and architecture that is well worth exploring. Those seeking something a bit more contemporary should plan a Thursday night at the ICA and if you prefer something more interactive, the ever...  Read more »

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    Skirting the edge of Boston Harbor, the HarborWalk offers some of the most spectacular views of the city and the water.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to explore the HarborWalk through the Fort Point and Seaport district's as the beauty along the water's edge is magnificent."

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    Boston's Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail lets you enjoy Boston's historical landmarks free of charge, and each stop along the way is well marked.

    Local Expert Tip: "Put on your walking shoes! This tour will have you all over the city."

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    Boston Public Library

    Free tours of the stunning art and elaborate architecture at the Boston Public Library are offered at varying times throughout the week.

    Local Expert Tip: "A visit to the library is free and has as much to offer as most art museums; pop in for a bit while in Boston's Back Bay."

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    USS Constitution

    Board the USS Constitution at no charge and enjoy learning about its role in history during the complimentary guided tour.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Constitution turns each year, on the fourth of July."

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    Bunker Hill Monument

    Without opening your wallet you are welcome to climb the 294 steps to the top of the monument and view the Boston skyline.

    Local Expert Tip: "The monument sits in Charlestown, a cool neighborhood to explore. Stop into Warren Tavern for lunch and get a little more history. Many of our Founding Fathers are said to have stopped in for a pint or a meal."

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    Institute of Contemporary Art

    The ICA may not be free every night, but it opens its doors to all and offers free admittance every Thursday evening.

    Local Expert Tip: "When you've had your fill of what's inside, exit and enjoy the view from the Harborwalk; one of the city's best!"

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    Boston Esplanade

    Stunningly beautiful, the Esplanade is popular among runners and cyclists and serves as a nice spot to play.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pack a picnic and plop down along the shores of the Charles and simply enjoy the landscape."

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    Old North Church

    Rich in history and entrenched in a must see neighborhood, Old North Church welcomes visitors through its doors without charging a fee.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make this historic stop a part of your visit to Boston's North End, where you can spend hours wandering the streets, shopping and indulging in great eats."

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    Blue Hills Reservation

    Take a hike up one of the many trails that lead you to the top of Blue Hills where breathtaking views of Boston await.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy the Blue hills year-round, not just for hiking or swimming, this reservation offers winter skiing as well."

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    Boston Fire Museum

    Your little firefighter will flip for the engines parked inside, while you'll appreciate the history of this old station.

    Local Expert Tip: "Located a block from the Children's Museum the Boston Fire Museum is the perfect place to visit for kids after lunch. Allow less than an hour to enjoy."



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