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Free Things To Do In Boston

Did you know that the city of Boston in Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States?

It’s clear to see therefore, why it’s home to so many incredible free activities and attractions.

Whether you’re looking to soak up some American history and culture, or you’d prefer to explore some of the city’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, we’ve got something for everyone in our detailed guides below.

You’ll find the top 10 best free attractions in Boston, as well as all the top-rated paid activities in Boston in our extensive guide to the city!

Free Attractions in Boston

Top Rated Boston Attractions

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The Esplanade

The Boston Esplanade is a 17-mile stretch of bank along the Charles River and is most famously known for hosting the annual Fourth of July Gala.

A stroll along the Esplanade makes for a great way to spend an afternoon in Boston, or for keen runners, you’ll find plenty of pathways dedicated to getting your steps in and meeting your daily running goal!

There’s even a kids’ playground at the end of Storrow Drive...

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • America's Most Beloved Ballpark beckons with its beauty tourists, to explore the spot where history was made. Enjoy this sight on this tour, visiting the houses of some of the most famous players in history and getting interesting views from a height of over 37 ft.; the Green Monster.
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Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library is one of the best free attractions in the city as there’s so much to enjoy there!

Take a free tour of the art collections and exhibits, or just make your own way around and admire all the fascinating historic books, as well as the various sculptures and paintings located throughout the Library.

The Boston Public Library is an attraction that’s better suited to those interested in contemporary...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A visit to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum which unlocks the experience of how the Boston Tea Party made huge impact on the American History. Visit the Museum and check out the artefacts stored from ancient times and also visit the theatre to watch films, while quenching your taste with Tea at Abigail's Tea room.
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Walk the Freedom Trail

Did you know that there are 16 stops along the Boston Freedom Trail It’s often said to be the very best way to see Boston and as it’s completely free, it’s a perfect activity that the whole family can enjoy!

You usually begin the walk in the Boston Common, but you can easily pick up the Freedom Trail at any point along the 2.5-mile path.

Each of the 16 locations are significant to the history of the United...

The Art of Paul Pedulla

clock Duration: 60 to 90 m
  • This tour is an opportunity to explore the bubbling creativity of the SoWa art and Design district in the company of an experienced guide, and a small group
  • An hour or 1hour 30minutes long tour that allows tourists to explore the district independently, and interact with an acclaimed local artist
  • A chance to learn and
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Harborwalk

The Harborwalk is one of the best free activities in Boston as it takes you along the city’s waterfront and through many popular neighbourhoods.

Along the way, you’ll pass through Charlestown, Downtown, South Boston, Dorchester and more, and if you walked the entire route from East Boston to Neponset River, it’d take you across a total distance of 47 miles!

There’s plenty of things to enjoy along the...

Immersive Frida Kahlo Boston

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • The world through the eyes of Frida Kahlo, a brilliant, uncompromising painter.
    A Mexico-born artist’s work come to life on a grand scale & discover the people, events, & obstacles that made her an extraordinary woman. The mesmerizing, large-scale projections, accompanied by a ravishing musical score, will sweep you up as you encounter...read more
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Sam Adams Brewery Tour

For beer fanatics, there’s really no better place to visit in Boston than the Sam Adams Brewery!

You can enjoy a free tour where you’ll get to see first-hand how the beers are brewed and learn all about the incredible and humble beginnings of the highly popular Sam Adams beer!

You can even try a few samples in the Tasting Room and while you do have to show proof of age-appropriate ID to sample the goods, the Brewery...

Immersive Klimt Revolution Boston

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Immersive Klimt was created by the world-renowned Master of Digital Art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, whose block-buster Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has been seen by almost 5 million visitors across North America.

    A rebel, genius and legend – Gustav Klimt explored and expressed colors, shapes and patterns without inhibition or...read more
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Arnold Arboretum

Set upon an incredible 260 acres in Jamaica Plain in Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is a top free attraction to visit while in the city.

The vast expanse of free public space can be experienced from sunrise to sunset and you can enjoy strolling through the beautiful gardens and open lawns.

Runners can also enjoy the numerous running trails located throughout the Arboretum, so even though you’re on vacation, you can still...

Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

clock Duration: 1 hour 20
  • Explore Boston in the most comprehensive and interesting way using a Duck boat to travel through Boston (land and water). Do not miss any aspect of the city. Have an overview of what Boston looks like from the ocean view, and also enter deep into the streets of the city and explore its beauty from within.
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Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Trace the footsteps of the founding fathers of America's in this history unveiling tour of Boston's Freedom Trail. Have a full picture of the American Revolution, visiting iconic sights like the Boston Massacre site, where you will appreciate the sacrifice of patriots even more and have the privilege to pay homage to them. Your tour guide
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours

clock Duration: 2 hours 30
  • A recreational tour round the most famous sites in the city of Boston in groups with bicycles. An ideal way to tour around Boston. It gets really interesting as you and your group members can all socialize with others, learn the history of Boston while actively engaging in recreation alongside. Rejuvenate yourself with the free bottle water
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Martha's Vineyard Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • Take a guided tour through the Vineyard of Martha. Spend quality time exploring this vineyard and do lots of more interesting stuffs on this tour. Get skip the line access, full commentary to be provided by your local tour guide visit different iconic sights.
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Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Marble House Admission

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • This guided day trip tour is about discovering the historic city of Newport.
  • This tour is limited to a small group of 14 people only for a better intimate experience.
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Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Explore one of America's most famous and oldest university; Harvard University in a brief but highly educative and entertaining tour. Get guided by a student in Harvard who will take you round Harvard and tell you stories behind each scenery, learn the tradition of Harvard and visit the stores to buy souvenirs.
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Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Wondering how much fun touring Boston from the Harbour can be? Embark on this tour and have the most memorable experience ever, get a 3 course meal, satisfy your taste with drinks, relax and watch Boston unravel its beauty in your very eyes.
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Sweet & Savory South End Neighborhood Food Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Join this food tasting tour in the south end of Boston. Enjoy some of the best delicacies in Boston while you get exposed to secret recipes, view different beautiful places, hear different interesting tales and ensure you don't get to eat too much from the beginning so you can eat more during this trip.
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