Boston is one of my all-time favorite places, filled with fun and interesting things to do, a rich history, and awesome people. It’s my hometown and a wonderful city to visit! But coming here doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re tight on your budget but still looking to have some fun here in Boston, read for my recommendations of fun free things to do in Boston:
10 Fun FREE Things To Do in Boston
1. The Massachusetts State House is an iconic building, with its golden dome shining out over the city. Can you imagine that at one time this was the tallest building in all of Boston? Well it helps that it sits on the very top of Beacon Hill! Learn about the state government and tour the incredible building where it all plays out. The Massachusetts State House offers free tours everyday, 10:00 – 3:30.
2. Boston is the oldest city in America and was the starting point of the American Revolution. It’s full of historic monuments, many of which are on the Freedom Trail. Walk the Freedom Trail to see the city by foot and see for yourself the historically significant spots around Boston! And check out my favorite historic sites around Boston in my post here.
3. Visit one of the world’s most impressive art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts. Wednesdays after 4:00 admission is by suggested donation only, and on the first weekend of each month admission is free to Bank of America cardholders. They also offer free admission on certain days throughout the year.
4. The Fairmont Copley Plaza is surely one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in Boston. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t afford to stay here, so I will take any opportunity to visit! The Fairmont has two dogs in residence, Catie and Carly Copley, a couple of black labradors that you can play with. This is still one of my favorite free things to do in Boston!
5. Join the Boston Strong movement of runners and go for a jog along the Charles River Esplanade. On a nice day, this is where all the action is, drawing out walkers, runners, bikers, families, and dogs for some exercise in the sun! The Esplanade is also where the Hatch Shell is located, and here you’ll find all sorts of public events throughout the year. On Friday nights in the summer you can come watch a movie on the lawn at the Hatch Shell!
6. Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market are where the ships used to sell their goods when they docked in Boston. Now there are shops and restaurants in this open air space, which is the third most visited space in the US! (After Times Square and the Las Vegas Strip) Come to Faneuil Hall and watch in amazement to the street performers set up around Faneuil Hall. Music and stunts and magic draw in crowds of visitors to watch the spectacle unfold.
7. Maybe traditional art at the MFA isn’t your style. Well fear not, the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Seaport District has a really interesting and unique art scene as well! The ICA offers free admission on Thursdays after 5:00, and as a bonus you’ll get some cool views of the Boston Harbor here.
8. Tour around all the historic churches of Boston and see the beautiful architecture they have to display. From Trinity Church to the Old North and South Churches, to St Leonard’s and Park Street Churches, the history of Boston is set in its Christian roots and visiting these spots is a great way to experience the city. Some churches will request a donation or charge admission, but you can always go for free if you’re attending mass!
9. The Boston Public Library is an architectural wonder, constantly ranking among the world’s most beautiful libraries and truly it could be a museum in its own right! It’s so beautiful that they book this venue out for weddings all the time! Check it out for yourself and take the free daily art and architecture tour, it’s one of the best free things to do in Boston.
10. Mayor Menino made sure to preserve the Boston seafront for the public during the time when it was growing and developing quickly. He wanted to make sure that the public would always be able to access the seafront and so he created the Harbor Walk. This public walkway extends for 47 miles along the Boston waterfront so you don’t have to walk it all, but it’s a great attraction in Boston. It’s especially popular for the sunrise and sunset photo opportunities!
There you have it, my picks for the 10 best free things to do in Boston, showing that it doesn’t have to be expensive to visit and experience this wonderful city! What else do you love to do in Boston? What are your favorite free things to do in Boston?