6 Awesome Things to Do in Boston for Little or No Money
Ask anyone from Massachusetts, and they'll tell you Boston is the best. The people are the best, the sports teams are the best, the schools are the best, and the impossible-to-navigate streets are the best. It's also consequently great for tourists, offering enough museums, restaurants, and tours to fill a months-long visit. But once you've gotten your fill of art and food, it's worth turning your attention the city's rich history (it's one of the oldest in the country, after all). Below, six surprisingly fun (and cheap) activities that'll keep you occupied as your explore everything Beantown has to offer. Your wallet will thank you.
VISIT FENWAY PARK
Home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the major league. Even Yankees fans will appreciate the beauty of the park, not to mention its incredible 104-year history. During the hour-long walking tour, you can sit atop the Green Monster (a nickname given to the high left field wall), visit the press box, and see Pesky's Pole (the right field foul pole, named after former Sox second baseman Johnny Pesky).
HOP ABOARD THE DUCK TOUR
Give your feet a rest and hop on one of the Boston Duck Tour's amphibious vehicles for a expedition that will let you do sightseeing on land and in the water. Boston is a walking city, so your feet will thank you for the much-needed rest.
TAKE A DAYTRIP TO PLIMOTH PLANTATION
For many, the phrase "New England history" conjures up images of Pilgrims in black hats with buckles on them. You can see that chapter in history come to life at Plimoth Plantation, a recreation of a 17th-century settlement in Plymouth. Make the hour-long drive from Boston and you can learn about life in the English village, as well as Wampanoag history and culture.
SURVEY THE SAMUEL ADAMS BREWERY
It may not be the greatest beer by beer snobs' standards, but Bostonians will defend it fiercely all the same. Learn about Sam Adams while you tour the brewery, learn about the history of the brand, and, of course, sample the product.
TOUR HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Boston is a university town, home to some fifty-odd schools that raise the overall IQ of the city. Key into that academic spirit and embrace your inner Elle Woods with a visit to Harvard Yard. The school offers hour-long walking tours led by students through the picturesque campus that will give you a view into the history of the country's oldest institution of higher learning.
ATTEND A MUSEUM LECTURE
Not everyone enjoys spending hours meandering through art galleries. If you like your museum visits to be a bit more focused, sign up for a lecture at one of Boston's many cultural institutions. We recommend the Gardner Museum, the JFK Library, The ICA, The MFA, or the Boston Symphony Orchestra in particular.