There are so many great things to do in Boston that are completely free!
- Boston Common, Free
- King’s Chapel & King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Free
- Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School, Free
- Granary Burying Ground, Free
- Old Corner Bookstore, Free (Note: Currently being leased by Chipotle)
- Site of Boston Massacre, Free
- Massachusetts State House, Free State House Tours (Weekdays 10am-4pm)
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, Free
- Bunker Hill Monument, Free (Suggested Donation)
- USS Constitution, Free tours every 30 minutes of the boat (The Museum has a suggested donation of $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, and $2 for Children, but any amount is appreciated). *You will need proper ID and go through a security check*
- Old North Church, Freedom Trail Drop-In (Suggested Donation of $1 per person)
Take a Freedom Tour:
There is always something happening here > Faneuil Hall Marketplace: live street performers, restaurants, vendors, shops, and more. Free to explore and enjoy.
Boston Common, Public Garden & Swan Boats: Enjoy the Boston Common and the Public Garden.
Take a stroll at Castle Island: Castle Island is a 22-acre park and is a great place to walk, jog, roller-blade, sunbathe, and more. Castle Island is also home to Fort Independence, which gives free guided tour daily until 3:30pm.
Star-gaze at the Coit Observatory at Boston University: The observatory is open and free to the public every Wednesday night at 8:30pm in the spring and summer and 7:30pm in the fall and winter.
Tour The Boston Public Library: The Boston Public Library offers free art & architecture tours during particular times by volunteers.
Charles River Esplanade: Great way to spend a beautiful day; During summer months enjoy free movies and music at the DCR Hatch Shell.
History at the Massachusetts Historical Society: library founded in 1791. Free to visit.
Get on the water at Fort Point Pier: The Fort Point Pier is free to the public.
Scenic stroll on the Haborwalk: Walk alongside the waterfront with the public walkway connecting the best of Boston Harbor.
Free Museums in Boston
Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursday Nights: The ICA is free every Thursday night from 5-9pm and free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of every month (except December).
Discover the MIT Museum: Admission is free all day the last Sunday of every month from September to June and free the first weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders for Museums on Us.
Closed on the following holidays in 2015:
- January 1: New Year’s Day
- May 25: Memorial Day
- July 4: Independence Day
- September 7: Labor Day
- November 26: Thanksgiving
- December 24 & 25: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
- December 31: 3 p.m. closing
Head to Cambridge and explore the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts Residents can visit free with valid ID on Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm year-round or from 3-5pm on Wednesdays from September to May. Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to commercial groups.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday Nights: Admission is voluntary on Wednesday nights after 4pm and certain days of the year. Also, Bank of America cardholders can receive free admission the first weekend of every month, part of the Museums on Us program. Youth 17 and under also receive free admission daily after 3pm, weekends, and public school holidays. Otherwise admission for youths is $10 adults $25
Explore the Commonwealth Museum for free, always: The history and treasures of Massachusetts and is free to visit and park.