Planning a trip on a budget isn’t always fun to think about, but in Boston its super easy to do! With loads of free walking tours, museum entrances, and simple money-saving tips, we’ve got you covered. Below are some of our favorite tips for enjoying this New England city to make your stay fun, cheap, and leave you wanting to come back for more!
Forget the Car
The United States is known for its car culture and while it’s easy to want to rely on it getting from point A to B, Boston really is a city made for walking! Whether you join many of the free walking tours around the city, or lead yourself on a self-guided tour, ditch the car and hit the pavement to explore Boston.
Whether it’s a free Harvard student-led walking tour or one of the many other tours that help visitors really explore the ins and outs of Boston, you’ll be sure to find one that suites your needs! All it takes is a little exploration!
Self-Guided Freedom Tour
From Boston Common to Faneuil Hall to the Bunker Hill monument, take yourself on a self-guided tour to all the beautiful and interesting historical spots in the city. You can find a list of stops of the Freedom Trail to print out and explore.
NHL, NBA, MLS – Buy Ahead of Time
New England is home to some of the most loyal fans and greatest sports teams. If you’re a fan or simply want to experience what the Boston fan base is like, plan ahead and buy your tickets online to save and stay within your budget.
Samuel Adams Brewery
The local Boston brew, Sam Adams, offers free brewery tours with a complimentary beer. Learn about the history of the (best) beer and don’t forget your identification if you want to sip some samples at the end!
Free Museum Visits
For those who appreciate the arts and would like to see some of Boston’s finest museums on display, take advantage of the free visiting hours to keep your visits within budget. The Museum of Fine Arts has free entrance on Wednesday after 4 p.m. New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving and sharing African-American history, The Museum of African-American History, is always free with a suggested donation.
Every Thursday night during the summer, The Copley Square Concert Series is put on for free by the city. Copley Square is in the midst of Back Bay neighborhood, and on these summer evenings, it becomes a hub for locals and visitors to listen to the concerts beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Parks + Neighborhoods
Relax in the United State’s oldest public park, Boston Commons, by strolling through the pathways, laying out on the lawn, or paddling one of the duck boats through the pond. If you’re looking to explore, simply pop over to Back Bay neighborhood (before the concert series!) and admire the old cobble stone streets, beautiful brick buildings, and lantern lined streets. If you’d like to stay in the area while visiting Boston, check out the best Historic Hotels in Boston – there are even some in Back Bay!