Boston is a wonderful city to visit, but it can be expensive! Whether you live, work or play in Boston, chances are you could use a few free Boston attractions to bolster your budget. But free doesn’t have to mean cheap! These 7 spots are absolutely amazing, and absolutely free places to go in Boston!
1. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located near city hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market are hubs of activity year round. No matter when you visit you're likely to find great street performers and musicians entertaining the crowd.
The beautiful historic market is usually busy with locals and tourists alike, making it a perfect spot for people watching. And if you feel like spending money, shopping and dining options abound.
2. The Seals at The New England Aquarium
A trip to the aquarium can be very expensive, but outside the building you can get a sneak peak at some of the cutest aquarium residents for free. The glass tank allows visitors to get up close with the aquarium's harbor seals, delighting visitors young and old. Plus, the aquarium is the perfect place to begin a walk along the waterfront, enjoying the view and looking at some truly extraordinary boats.
3. Boston Public Gardens
The Boston Public Gardens (not to be confused with the TD Garden arena) have long been the heart of Boston. When you see the stunning views of the city and the lush gardens, you'll understand why.
Of course, one of the most beloved aspects of the Gardens is the swan boats. While a ride will cost you $3.50, you can watch the elegant boats, and the swans for which they are named, for free.
4. The Freedom Trail
This iconic 2.5 mile loop will take you to 16 of the most significant historic sites in Boston. The red brick trail is easy to follow, and markers along the way will educate you on Boston's storied history.
5. State House Tours
The beautiful statehouse can seem intimidating, but you can get up close and personal and walk through the halls of the statehouse, all for free. Tours are led year round from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and focus on the history and architecture of the building.
6. The Bunker Hill Monument
If you don't mind a bit of a climb, the Bunker Hill Monument is the free Boston attraction for you. You can climb to the top of the 221-foot structure that commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the first major battles of the American Revolution.
7. The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has one of the most amazing art collections in the world, and on Wednesdays after 4 p.m. you can enjoy it all for free.
Add these free Boston attractions to your summer to-do list.