Boston is well known for being expensive, but if you’re headed to Boston with your family for a vacation, there are things to do here that won’t cost you your entire vacation budget. Consider these free or low-budget Boston attractions.
The Freedom Trail
This 2.5 mile trail can be walked or you can rent some bikes to explore the area. You’ll find sites that cover the events of the American Revolution, with many of these sites offering free tours and exhibits.
This is the oldest park in America—it was established in 1634. Here you’ll find a lot of events going on, so check the calendar to see what events are happening during your Boston escape. At the Public Garden, America’s oldest public botanical garden, you can enjoy swan boat rides from April until September for just $3.50 for adults and $2 for kids.
Not surprisingly, there are many historical sites in Boston for your family to explore. These include Park Street Church, First Public School Site, and Bunker Hill Monument. Granary Burying Ground is the burial site for many historical figures including John Hancock and Paul Revere. Paul Revere’s house, built in 1680, is the oldest building in downtown Boston, and here you can find tours.
The country’s first public beach, this beach offers free parking and has everything you would expect at a beach: sand, surf, and sun. Bring some sand sculpting tools to add to the fun and create some memories with your family. Find a discount Boston hotel near the beach and you can walk right over in the morning, head back for lunch, and then back to the beach again in the afternoon.
Boston Children’s Museum
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The Boston Children’s Museum has many hands-on exhibits that kids and the rest of the family can enjoy. If you’re willing to make a trip to the museum on Friday evening, the price is only $1 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s a great way to save. Normal admission price is $14 for anyone over one year.
Buy Discount Cards
A discount card is a great way to visit the major attractions at a discount. The Boston Card has a variety of options that can include the aquarium, zoo, and museums. Prices depend on which pass you choose and what attractions you want to visit. It’s a great way to save some money while visiting Boston.
If you go with the Go Select Boston Pass, it let’s you choose which attractions you want to save on and build your own custom pass. You’re guaranteed to save at least 20 percent off of the attractions, and you only pay for the attractions you want to go to.
Tour of Boston’s Little Italy
This walking tour is available as a pick-your-price tour. Available Friday through Tuesday at 2 p.m., the tour is two hours long and covers one mile. Topics include Faneuil Hall, Holocaust Memorial, and Battle of Boston. Make sure to reserve your spots ahead of time.
Another great way to save money is by using public transportation to get around the city so you don’t need to rent a car.