Best Free Things to do in Boston


Whenever you visit a new city, it’s only natural to want to take advantage of all of be best stuff that it has to offer. Seeing the sights, sampling the local cuisine and visiting all of a city’s most famous attractions are the backbones of any exciting vacation experience. The only problem is, doing all touristy stuff all the time can be a little taxing…and a bit expensive. Just in case you’d like to take a trip off the beaten path, and save some money while you do so, here are five free things to do in Boston that could be fun!

Hit The Water

South of Summer Street alongside the eastern edge of Fort Point Channel, the P&G Gillette Floating Dock gives aquatic enthusiasts a place to launch canoes, boats and kayaks for free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free parking is also available on a conditional basis.

Peruse The Parks

For another free outdoor experience, consider taking a stroll through one of Boston’s many free public parks. Great spots like Franklin Park, the Public Gardens and Boston Common are all great, green places to explore and spend some quality time in the great outdoors.

Although they aren’t available for all of these locations, check out some of the self-guided iPod Tours that you can take around town. There’s the Boston Harborwalk Tour, Fort Point Channel Tour, Public Garden Tour and many more. For some other ideas about attractions to visit in Beantown, see what the Go Select Boston Pass has to offer.

Get Historical

Fans of politics and history may want to take a free tour of the State House or visit the Bunker Hill Monument. State House tours take about 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol. The Old State House Museum admission is $8.50 for adults and free for children, but the “new” State House is free to the public. Olden-times enthusiasts who want to visit the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution can climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument and take in some of the best views of Boston from a nationally recognized landmark.

Take A Hike

For those who feel like walking around the city, Boston has no shortage of informative and fun hikes. Learn about the history of patriotism by walking the Freedom Trail or receive some tips about the Patriots themselves (the football team) by hiking the Boston Sports Trail. (The Boston Sports Tour is available to download to your GPS or other mobile devices here.) There’s also the JFK Trail, Women’s Heritage Trail, Black Heritage Trail and Irish Heritage Trail.

Have Fun At Faneuil

If you don’t mind dealing with crowds, checking out the street performers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace is also an inexpensive way to spend a few hours. Sit back and relax as festival-style jugglers, clowns, magicians, mimes and musicians all compete for attention and small change. Admission to other attractions around the Hub is available via the Go Boston Card.

Looking for things to do in Boston and discounts on Boston attractions and tours? Learn how to save money with a Boston discount attractions pass by Smart Destinations.

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