Cheap Thrills: The 5 Best Free Things To Do in Boston While On Holiday

Published on 2019-05-13
Statue in Boston

Boston is a city rich with American history: it's the location of some of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War, it's home to some of America's best sports teams, and it's famous for its Irish population (over 20% of the city's population is of Irish descent!).

Sounds perfect for a holiday, doesn't it? Well, something else you should know about Boston is that it's one of the most expensive cities in the world.

That being said, you can still have a fun holiday filled with awesome activities and attractions. How? By checking out these free things to do in Boston.

Keep reading to learn more.




  1. Walk the Freedom Trail

This 2.5-mile trail takes you all around downtown Boston. It takes you past some of the most famous historical landmarks in the city.

Start in the famous Boston Common (more on this later) and follow the red brick line all around the city. You'll see the Massachusetts State House, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, the cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried, Old City Hall, the location of the Boston Massacre, and more.

You can walk it by yourself and download a free podcast that will give you information as you walk.

  1. Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

What Boston trip would be complete without a few pints? Check out the Sam Adams brewery tour for free!

The tour is about 45 minutes, and you'll learn all about the history of the beer, how they make it, and get more than a few free samples along the way.

  1. Walk Through Boston Commons and Gardens

Before you depart on the Freedom Trail, take some time to relax in the Boston Commons and Gardens. This is the oldest public park in the United States established in 1634.

Bring a blanket and a picnic to people watch on the grass. You can also cross the walking bridge to check out the gardens filled with amazing trees, flowers, and swans in the pond.

  1. Free Museums

Boston is well-known for its amazing museums: the Museum of Fine Art, the USS Constitution Tour/Museum, Commonwealth Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Warren Anatomical Museum, etc.

Many of these museums offer free admission on certain days and times. Check out their websites to learn when you can get in and tour free of charge. 

  1. Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill Monument is to represent and remember the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was a pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War. While the Massachusetts colonists lost this battle, they did cause significant damage and casualties to the British soldiers, which was crucial for confidence moving forward in the war.

Climb to the top of Bunker Hill to see the monument, and get an amazing view of the city. Get your free climbing pass and more info on the monument at the Bunker Hill Museum.

Free Things to Do in Boston for the Perfect Holiday

After reading those awesome free things to do in Boston, we bet that you're ready to pack your bags and get going. Before you do, make sure all of your travel documents are in order.

Get started on your travel permits and any other logistics you need taken care of before you jet off.



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