Free Things to Do around Boston: Save Money and See It All

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. 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. While enjoying the outdoors take in the ever changing exhibits on the HarborWalk. Many museums offers special free admission days and times as well, and summertime fun is enhanced by a rotating list of free Fridays around the city. 

For those looking to enjoy nature without straying far from the city the Blue Hills Reservation is for you, here you can park then hike or bike the scenic trails of Blue Hills free of charge. If you'd prefer a city view over that of trees, stroll along the banks of the Charles along the Esplanade where you can watch sailboats float past and enjoy an amazing view of the Cambridge skyline; the Memorial Drive side of this dividing river hosts free outdoor recreation May- November with a portion of the road closed for safe use by bikers, blades and walker. 

You can even get a sense of Boston's Colonial connections without shelling out for a tour. Explore the Freedom Trail, climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, or board the USS Constitution.



Minutes outside of downtown Boston, is the Blue Hills Reservation. Here nature enthusiasts can hike, bike, ski, swim, and even enjoy a zoo experience at the Trailside Museum. Spanning over 7,000 acres along Boston's closest suburbs, this is a...  Read More



Famous for being the site of Boston's annual Fourth of July gala, the Esplanade runs along the banks of the Charles River. Here you'll find a delightful landscape that skirts the shoreline consisting of a paved pathway for exercising, manicured...  Read More



The Hatch Shell is known as Boston's epicenter for outdoor performances and events. the design pertinent to carrying the lovely sounds that come from its stage direct to the ears of those in the audience. The Hatch Shell hosts a variety of ...  Read More

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The HarborWalk winds through the city's waterfront, passing through many neighborhoods along the way. Stretching from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River, the HarborWalk makes its way through East Boston, Charlestown, North End, Downtown, South...  Read More



Charlestown is rich in US history. The Bunker Hill Monument is a free stop for visitors seeking to commemorate our past. This 221-foot granite obelisk remembers the Battle of Bunker Hill. Rangers provide details about the history of the crucial...  Read More

USS Constitution


Climb aboard Old Ironsides and see why this ship was able to live through its time at war. Constructed in the North End using bolts, spikes and other fittings from Paul Revere's foundry, "Old Ironsides" is steeped with Boston history. One of the...  Read More



Sam Adams brewery in Boston may be a big name in beer these days, but the company has humble roots tracing back to where there brewer began. In homage to its start, the Sam Adams Brewery offers free tours to the public so you can see first hand...  Read More

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WalkBoston hosts many interesting walking tours throughout the city of Boston, all on foot. Spanning more than twenty years, these almost all free walking tours are led by knowledgeable professionals year-round. Routes are quite different than...  Read More

Boston Public Library


The first public library in the United States, this Boston institution not only houses a wide variety of literary works (over 6 million), but also displays the creations of visual artists. Many works remain permanently in the library while...  Read More



The best way to see Boston. Starting at the Boston Common, but easily picked up at any point along the way, the Freedom Trail offers historical insight into the city and its surroundings. Easy to "hop on and off", the Freedom Trail weaves...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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