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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...

Boston CityPASS

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  • A tour which gives you the opportunity to see the most attractive sights in Boston. On this tour, you get to explore the best of packages Boston has to offer, viewing Boston from the ground from a sky-high view, learn history and visit interesting museums. That is not all, you also get to visit the New England Aquarium, and see some of the
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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...

New England Aquarium Admission in Boston

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  • Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, and watch seals and sea lions at play. See the new 200k-gallon Giant Ocean Tank with a vibrant Caribbean coral reef teeming with hundreds of tropical fish. You can also catch a film on the largest screen in New England!

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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...

Simons Theatre at the New England Aquarium Ticket

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  • You cannot know enough about the sea, and this tour allows you to discover and learn about a variety of underwater creatures
  • A chance to watch shows about underwater creatures and nature at Simons theatre using on one of the largest screens in England
  • With a combo ticket, the tour gives you an up-close experience at the
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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...

Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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  • Enjoy huge discount on the prices of your tour using Go Boston Explorer Pass. This pass is accepted on most of the top tours in Boston and gives you the privilege to shop on some of the best shopping centres in Boston where you get amazing discount, skip the line privileges and 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...

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

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  • Have an amazing time in Boston using the Go Boston Card. Enjoy discounts on your shopping, admission/entrance fee etc. Optimize your visit to Boston with this pass, get to visit the best place, do the best fun-stuffs, buy the best stuffs and lots more on a very discounted rate. The Go Pass gives you the opportunity to enjoy more for less
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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...

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

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  • 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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Bunker Hill Monument

Fun fact: The Bunker Hill Monument is actually located on top of Breed’s Hill which is where the Battle of Bunker Hill actually happened! The actual Bunker Hill resides a quarter of a mile from the monument!

However, the Bunker Hill Monument is still a must-see if you’re looking for the best free things to do in Boston.

Standing at an impressive 221-feet high, in the American history-abundant area of Charlestown, the...

Old State House Boston Museum Entry

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  • A tour that uniquely explains the historical occurrences in the Old State House in Boston to tourists, you get full commentary on every of the historical events that took place there, the chance to ask your guide questions and get really amazing answers while getting refreshed with Tea from the Boston Tea Party.
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USS Constitution

The USS Constitution, or “Old Ironsides” as it’s often referred to, is a three-mastered frigate belonging to the United States Army.

History enthusiasts will love visiting the permanently docked ship at Boston Harbour. You can enjoy a free tour of the boat every 30 minutes so make sure you carve some time out in your itinerary to experience one of the best free attractions in Boston!

On the free tour,...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

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  • 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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Harvard Square and Book Store

While in Boston, make sure you head to Boston Square for some light-hearted afternoon of entertainment from one of the 300 registered street performers there!

Take in the beautiful surroundings of one of the most prestigious universities in America and live like a local student as you soak up the atmosphere.

Next up, head to the Harvard Book Store with the kids and make your way to the children’s book section where...

The Art of Paul Pedulla

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  • 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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The Hatch Shell

Hatch Shell is said to be the epicentre of Boston for various concerts, outdoor events and performances.

The most notable day of the year for Hatch Shell events is the Fourth of July when thousands of Boston residents and visitors flock to the event to watch the Boston Pops perform.

Depending on when you’re visiting Boston, you’ll likely be able to catch a performance or two, but if not, it’s still a great...

Boston Super Saver: Duck Boat Tour & Skip-The-Line Museum of Science

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  • Boston Duck Boat Tours

    Hop into a duck boat — a renovated World War II amphibious vehicle — for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Boston

There are many things you can do for free in Boston like booking free entry into some Boston museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.