These days, everyone is on a budget. When it comes planning something to do, it can be tough to find a good balance between affordable and actually fun. Here are a few great things to do in Massachusetts that will cost you $10 or less.
1. MIT Museum, Cambridge ($10)
With captivating exhibitions and dynamic displays that engage young and old in the inner workings of science and mathematics, this place is a must see. MIT is one of the most respected universities in the world, but this museum is anything but stuffy. It’s just $10 per adult ticket and less for children. (265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51, Cambridge)
2. Westport Vineyard Tasting Tour ($10 per person)
Tour a beautiful winery and tasty a minimum of six wines for just $10 at Westport Vineyard. Tastings are offered every day during business hours between 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The estate is absolutely stunning and you’ll probably end up wanting to take home a bottle or two. (417 Hixbridge Road, Westport)
3. IMAX Film, New England Aquarium, Boston ($9.95)
With the cost of a normal movie ticket hovering around $15 these days, it might shock you to learn that seeing an IMAX movie at the New England Aquarium is just $9.95 per adult ticket and $7.95 per child ticket. These massive screen and fascinating films make seeing a movie here so much cooler than a typical a screening. (1 Central Wharf, Boston)
4. South Face Farm, Ashfield (Free)
This small farm is a traditional New England sugarhouse that is open to the public during maple syrup boiling season, usually between late March and early April. Built over 60 years ago, it’s a fascinating place where you can observe the sugaring process and take home delicious syrup. (Watson Spruce Corner Road, Ashfield)
5. Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Woods Hole (Free)
Visiting this epic aquarium and aquatic petting zoo is completely free! You’ll find 140 species of marine life, daily seal feedings and a cool ocean touch-tank. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is a world-famous research center, so being able to check out all it has to offer without spending a dime is pretty cool. Of course, donations are always welcome. (166 Water Street, Woods Hole)
6. Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis (Free on Thursdays)
This charming Cape Cod museum is filled with art by artists who are connected to the Cape. You’ll love browsing the collection, which includes everything from beachy landscapes to fascinating sculpture. The grounds of the museum are beautiful as well. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m on Thursdays for free admission.
(60 Hope Lane, Dennis)
7. Night Shift Brewery Tour, Everett (Free with Donation)
Night Shift is an awesome craft brewery in Everett. They offer tours for free, though they do ask visitors to donate what they can to the Greater Boston Food Bank in return. Tours are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the day. While you’re there, be sure to sample their homegrown beers and take a few home for later. (87 Santilli Highway, Everett)
8. Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha's Vineyard
This non-profit horticultural and botanical center is a beautiful spot for a weekend stroll. Even better, it’s far from the hustle and madness of Martha’s Vineyard beaches during the summer. With a suggested donation of $5 per party, it’s also a really cheap way to take in impeccably maintained gardens and some fresh air at the same time. (809 State Road, West Tisbury)
9. U.S.S. Constitution, Boston (Free)
Touring the U.S.S. constitution is a fun and free activity that will delight kids and adults alike. First launched in 1797, this ship was one of the first six to form the U.S. Navy. With a history that involves pirate battles and Revolutionary War skirmishes, it’s a great way learn about the Bay State’s past.
10. Yankee Candle Village, Deerfield (Free)
Christmas is a year-round even at Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield. You can tour their beautiful indoor Christmas village without opening your wallet, though you might not be able to resist taking home a famous Yankee Candle or two.