Your local guide to what’s happening in Boston — with a flair for the avant-garde.
Trying to save a buck during your trip? Look no further — Boston is brimming with free activities, year-round. Here's 10 fan-favorites to take full advantage of.
In additions to endless isles of books (bookworms rejoice!), the Boston Public Library has an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and time-honored architecture to marvel at. There's also a bevy of free concerts, lectures, workshops, and children's events.
The Boston University Coit Observatory offers a free night to the public each Wednesday to observe the stars through high-tech telescopes and binoculars. Be sure to book a reservation, as capacity is limited.
Passing by the New England Aquarium? Pay the seals a visit! You can view them in an impressive tank that mimics their native home in the sea, year-round.
Trek back in time along the two-and-a-half-mile Freedom Trail, featuring 16 historic sites from the Revolutionary War. Free, guided tours are held April–November. RSVP before your trip to secure a spot.
Explore the world's oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, with a free tour led by navy officers. Admission is free, but you will need to bring a valid ID.
Faneuil Hall is frequented for food and shopping, but there's also plenty of history to be found. Peek into the Great Hall to witness Revolutionary War enactments, take a picture next to the statue of Paul Revere, or roam the narrow cobblestone streets.
The Boston Esplanade is a lush park that hugs the coastline of the Charles River. Take a ride or stroll down the bike or walking paths, picnic, or rest on a dock as sailboats pass by.
Nestled within the greenery of Esplanade you'll also find the Hatch Memorial Shell — a demilune, outdoor concert venue that hosts free outdoor activities, shows, and movie screenings when the weather is warm.
Climb 295 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument — an obelisk tower that marks the battle that turned the tides of the War for Independence — and take in a panoramic view of Beantown!
Visit the famous Museum of Fine Arts after 4 PM on Wednesdays for free (you can also offer a up small donation)! This historic museum features 53 galleries exhibiting art from the pre-Columbian era up through the 20th century.