Free (and almost free) Things to Do

  • Boston Art Commission Logo (75)

    Explore Boston's Public Art

    Search the city's art collection, watch artist videos, access a map of public art installations across the city and more! »

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    Discover Boston Parks

    From the Common and the Public Gardens to Franklin Park, there are plenty of green spaces to explore while in Boston.

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  • Walk to the Sea

    Take a Walk to the Sea

    Boston's Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history. Mixing historical landmarks with Boston's skyscrapers, this walk is truly one worth taking. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending a hundred feet, brings that history to life.

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  • State House

    Tour the State House

    Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol.
    Hours: Weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on weekends and holidays.
    Admission: Free

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    Use Your Charlie Card to Get Discounts

    Many businesses offer discounts just for showing your MBTA Charlie Card. See the Charlie Card Discount Book for more details.

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  • Mass Value Pass (75)

    Mass Value Pass

    Find out more about the small card that can get you huge deals all summer long at area lodging and attractions.

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  • Bunker Hill Monument by Jeremy Nelson (75)

    Climb to the Top of the Bunker Hill Monument

    Located at the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution, the Bunker Hill Monument is both a nationally recognized historic landmark and a spot for one of the best views of Boston. The 294-step climb to the top of the Monument is free year round, open from 9:00am - 5:00pm (climbing access closes at 4:30pm).

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  • Swan Boats

    Ride the Swan Boats

    The Swan Boats driver paddles passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a 15 minute peaceful cruise.
    Hours: 10am - 5pm, June through Labor Day.
    Admission: Adults $2.75 Children $1.50 (age 2 to 15 years) Seniors $2.00

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  • Freedom Trail Photo by Mike Ritter (75)

    Walk the Freedom Trail

    The Trail, marked by a red line, takes the visitor to 16 historical sites and covers two and a half centuries of America's most significant past. You can take a self-guided tour or one of the many tours available through the National Park Service.

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  • Charles Street Meeting House (75)

    Visit the Charles Street Meeting House: Crossroads of a Vibrant Urban Community

    Centrally located in the vibrant and historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, the Charles Street Meeting House offers an array of cultural and historical opportunities for the curious traveler and hungry historian. The charming shops, cafes, and historical sites that line the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill consume visitors of Boston and encourage them to immerse themselves in the history surrounding them. The Meeting House is located at the base of Beacon Hill at the corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Streets.

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  • P&G Dock (75)

    P&G Gillette Floating Dock Open to Public

    Located along the east edge of Fort Point Channel south of Summer Street, the P&G Gillette Floating Dock is available free of charge for public use for launching canoes, kayaks, and other non-powered craft. The floating dock for launching craft is open every day from dawn to dusk, and the stationary dock is open every day, 24 hours a day. Limited free parking is available to users of the dock on weekday evenings and all day on weekends and holidays in the adjacent ChannelSide Parking lot. 
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    Explore the Boston Sports Trail

    Both die-hards and bandwagon jumpers alike can get their sports fix even on off-days by visiting stops along the Boston Sports Trail. The GPS tour can be download to your GPS or other mobile devices.

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  • JFK statue

    Walk the JFK Trail

    Visit some historic sites frequented by the late President John F. Kennedy. The GPS tour can be downloaded to your GPS or other mobile devices.

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  • Art

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

    With approximately 450,000 objects in the collection, there's always something new on view.
    No general admission fee required on Wednesdays , 4pm - 9:45pm.

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  • Mass Historical Society (75)

    Explore the Massachusetts Historical Society

    Both its Gallery and Library house rare documents and artifacts straight from American history, including Abigail Adams' famous "Remember the ladies" letter to her husband, John Adams.

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  • Old Ironsides by Joan Ross (75)

    Tour the USS Constitution

    USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
    Hours: Tues-Sun, 10am - 5:50pm. Tours every 30 minutes, last tour starts at 4:30.
    Admission: Free Guided tours.

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  • Stars at Night

    Visit the Coit Observatory at Boston University

    Come enjoy free observations of the night's sky on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30 during the fall and winter and 8:30 in the spring and summer, weather permitting. Look at the starry sky through telescopes and binoculars while learning about astronomy in this hour-long program that's perfect for the whole family.

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  • DCR Hatch Shell

    See a Movie or Concert at the Hatch Shell

    The Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade features free outdoor events throughout the summer including Boston Pops Concerts, 4th of July fireworks, movies and concerts.

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    Go to a Museum

    Free and discounted passes to many Boston museums are available to library card holders at local branch libraries and now online.

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  • African American Museum Figure Portrait

    Visit the Museum of African American History

    The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.
    Admission: $5

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  • Boston Public Library by Stephen Bowes (75)

    Tour the Library

    Free tours of the nation's first public library highlight the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters.

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  • Isabella Stewart Gardner

    Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Anyone with the name "Isabella" can sign up for an "Isabellas Free... Forever!" museum card and receive unlimited free museum admission for life. Free admission is also offered on your birthday, just by showing an ID. 

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  • Faneuil Hall - Day

    Check Out the Street Performers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Experience a festival every day! Faneuil Hall Marketplace features jugglers, clowns, magicians, mimes and musicians.

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  • Institue of Contemporary Art, Boston (75)

    Visit The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

    Enjoy the stimulation of contemporary culture and the excitement of a revitalized waterfront area. Free general admission every Thursday, 5-9PM. Youth 17 & under free all the time. Free for families on the last Saturday of each month (minus December).

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  • Boston Children's Museum (75)

    Take the Kids to the Children's Museum

    Boston Children's Museum is proud to partner with Target to present Target $1 Friday Nights, every Friday evening from 5-9pm, when families can enjoy the entire museum for $1.

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