Boston, just like every city, has a plethora of things to do...particularly if you have money. For those who are, uh, lacking in the funds department...well, we've got to get a little creative to keep occupied. But I wouldn't necessarily say that's a bad thing. Sure, you'll have to do a little digging, but after some quick research, it's clear to see that there are TONS of activities around Boston - all of which are free-ninety-nine.
So tuck that credit card away. In fact, leave it at home. These are 21 FREE things to do in Boston so all of you broke AF individuals (I feel you) can go out and experience this glorious city.
Drink for free at the Sam Adams Brewery
I repeat: drink for free at the Sam Adams Brewery. Learn the history of this Boston beer, embark on a tour of the brewery itself and sample some of the company's award winning brews.
Climb the Bunker Hill Monument
The last stop on the Freedom trail, get some exercise as you climb 294 steps to the top of this historic landmark. The view ^^ is worth it, I promise.
Explore all the public art scattered throughout Boston
There's a lot of it. Check out this website to find exactly where you can stumble upon some of Boston's most creative walls, grounds, structures, and more.
Roam Yawkey Way
If you can't afford tickets to a game, just head to the Fenway area and feed off the vibes. Grab a frank from a street cart, maybe try and snag a seat at the Bleacher Bar, or simply just walk around.
Take a tour of the State House
Choose from guided or self-guided; either way, a great history lesson.
Walk the Freedom Trail
It's 2.5 miles and passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the US. Pretty cool if you ask me. Plus, exercise.
Let your inner child run wild at the Lawn on D (weather permitting)
With options like bocce ball, life-size Jenga, ping pong, glow-in-the-dark swings, corn hole and more; the Lawn on D is the go-to destination for Bostonians looking for something to do in the warmer months.
Star-gaze at the Coit Observatory
Every Wednesday the Observatory opens for public viewing so you can star-gaze your little heart out. The program starts promptly at 7:30pm during the fall and winter months, and 8:30pm during the spring and summer months.
Take a free workout class
There are always a bunch of free fitness activities going on in the city; a quick search on good old Google will tell you. Bosfitgirls, for example, holds a class led by a different workout enthusiast each week.
Or just go for a jog alongside the Charles
It's beautiful no matter what the season.
Visit Haymarket for incredibly cheap produce
Seriously, it's so cheap it might as well be free. And not to mention, this is a prime people watching area.
Walk around Quincy Market and take advantage of the multitude of free samples
Clam chowder, chicken masala, fruit smoothies, teriyaki chicken, more clam chowder...yeah, you could say I've done this a time or two.
Take a stroll through the Boston Public Gardens
Maybe even hop on a swan boat.
Have a picnic in the Boston Common
If you have a couple dollars to spare you could grab something from one of the food trucks if you don't feel like toting your own meal from home.
Visit one of the (many) museums in Boston... on free admission days
Here are a few...
Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursdays from 5-9pm.
MIT Museum: The last Sunday of every month from September to June.
Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts Residents can visit free with valid ID on Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm year-round or from 3-5pm on Wednesdays from September to May.
Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesdays after 4pm.
Hang out by the "beach" in Southie
Okay, so there's no ocean. But it's a place where the water meets the sand and that's something I'll never turn down.
Spend a Sunday at SoWa Open Market
Between May and October, gather in the South End with hundreds of others to peruse through local artisan, farmer and food truck vendors. Inside, the open-year-round vintage market offers a great destination for antiques, art and one-of-a-kind curiosities.
See an improv comedy show
If you're looking for a late night boredom remedy, swing by ImprovBoston, and catch a free set of stand-up comedy.
Window shop on Newbury
Because Lord knows you can't afford to actually buy anything.
Read a book on the swings at North End Park
Maybe, just maybe, you can splurge and get a cannoli from Mike's Pastry to snack on too.
Visit the Arnold Arboretum
Located in Jamaica Plain, the Arboretum is open free of charge to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days of the year. So basically, whenever you're in dyer need of something to do, that won't cost you a penny - this stunning park is a perfect solution.