Boston is a city that is so rich in history and culture that you can barely walk down any street without seeing a historic monument, church or park that's just waiting to be explored. It makes this city so exciting and vibrant to spend your days exploring and experiencing!
But we all know that as much as we want to experience this city to the fullest, we also want to save as much money as we can. That's why this list is so valuable. You can experience the best spots in the city without spending a dime!
Make the most of this springtime weather and get out there!
30. Explore the historic Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walking trail that leads you to 16 historic sites in the city centre. Explore museums, meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds that hold serious historic significance in Boston and America!
29. Take in the impressive Bunker Hill Monument.
The Bunker Hill Monument was created to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. This was the very first battle to take place between New England soldiers and the British.
28. Explore the beautiful spring flowers in the Boston Public Garden.
The Public Garden is a gorgeous public park that comes alive with colourful flowers in the springtime. You can wander past ponds, fresh beds of colourful tulips and historical monuments.
27. Explore the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace consists of four buildings: Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. Inside the market buildings you can find tons of shops, restaurants, cafes and performances to enjoy!
26. Take a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery.
The Samuel Adams Brewery is one of the best breweries in the city and they host free tours! They recommend a donation for $2 but you can pay noting if you wish.
25. Spend some time in the quiet of the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library is a gorgeous piece of architecture that offers a beautiful room to catch up on some work in the quiet. It was built back in 1895 and really shows the history of this city.
24. Watch the sunset over the city at Castle Island.
Castle Island isn't really an island but a big grassy park area. It offers a gorgeous view of the city skyline that is the perfect place to watch the sunset. You can also explore the Fort Independence on the island which offers free tours.
23. Take a tour of history on the Black Heritage Trail.
Back in the 19th and 20th centuries the free African Americans in Boston led the movement across the country to end slavery. The churches, homes, schools and Underground Railroad sites are all part of this trail that offers free guided walking tours!
22. Wander through the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is always featuring new and beautiful exhibits. Usually you have to pay to enter the museum but on Wednesday evenings after 4pm they offer a 'pay what you can' fee.
21. Visit the JFK National Historic Site.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was born in Boston. He grew up in this home that is now a national historic site preserved for the public to visit.
20. Explore the campus of Harvard University.
Everyone knows about the infamous Harvard University as one of most prestigious universities in the world. You can choose to wander the campus on your own or take part in a free student-led tour.
19. Wander through the trees at the Arnold Arboretum.
The Arnold Arboretum is part of Harvard University and is home to 281 acres of trees, shrubs and plants that all begin to bloom during the spring. It's open all year round and is completely free to visit.
18. Spend a sunny day in Boston Common.
Boston Common is considered the oldest park in all of America, dating back 350 years. Tons of important Americans have visited this park such as George Washington, John Adams and the British Redcoats. It's a beautiful place to spend a sunny day in the springtime.
17. Look out at the stars over Boston at The Observatory.
The Coit Observatory offers a chance for people to come and view the night sky up close and personally through their telescopes. On most Wednesday nights you can attend one of their Public Open Nights that are completely free!
16. Enjoy a sunny stroll through the Boston Back Bay.
The Boston Back Bay is full of classic cobblestone streets, historic brownstone houses, and tons of cafes and restaurants to enjoy. It's an adorable area to take a stroll through on a sunny spring day.
15. Take a tour of the Old State House.
The Old State House is located in the heart of downtown Boston and was the political centre of the American Revolution. You can take free tours of the State House daily and learn about the history behind it!
14. See the cherry blossoms in bloom at the Charles River Esplanade.
The Charles River Esplanade is a popular spot in the city for sunny strolls, morning runs, and afternoon bike rides. During the spring months you can see the cherry blossom trees along the esplanade in bloom!
13. Explore the historic USS Constitution.
The USS Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. You can take a tour of this significant piece of America history that's right here in Boston.
12. Walk along the Boston Harbor and take in the views.
The Boston Harbor is a big spot for tourists and Bostonians alike to visit because it offers gorgeous views of the city skyline and the shimmer waters. It's a great spot to explore if you don't want to spend any money.
11. Find a historic figure's gravesite in Granary Burying Ground.
The Granary Burying Ground was built back in 1660 and holds over 2,000 graves, some of which are of major historic figures. Take a look around and see if you can spot the grave of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine.
10. Hang out on the Lawn On D.
Lawn On D is a super chill and fun place to hang out during the warm weather months of the year. This fun area always has something going on from cute swings to hang out to free events to games and food!
9. Take a free fitness class led by a local Boston fitness club.
Bosfitgirls is a local fitness group that holds free workouts bi-monthly! It's led by a different fitness instructor that's doing this on a volunteer basis but they always give you a killer workout.
8. Enjoy an afternoon of window shopping on Newbury Street.
Newbury Street is home to all kinds of cute shops, expensive boutiques and fancy restaurants and cafes that is most likely out of most people's price range. That doesn't mean you can't spend a fun afternoon window shopping at all the high-end spots.
7. Spend a sunny day reading in the park at North End Park.
North End Park is the perfect place to visit on a sunny April day in the springtime. It offers tons of places to sit and enjoy a good book with a view of the gorgeous city skyline.
6. Take a tour of the gorgeous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is definitely a sight to be seen. It's a place for contemporary artists, musicians, scholars and more to showcase their works. It's not free for everyone but if you're under 17, a university student, named 'Isabella', you're a member of the museum, it's your birthday, you have a Bank of America card, or you're a member of the U.S military, entrance is free!
5. Check out the Boston Fire Museum.
The Boston Fire Museum is a unique place where visitors can learn and see first-hand some memorabilia that has helped put out fires in the Boston area. The building itself is a piece of Boston history and you can learn all about it at the museum.
4. Take some iconic pictures at Cheers on Beacon Hill.
Cheers bar is located on Beacon Hill and is a piece of iconic Boston history. It used to be named The Bull and Finch and since has been named after the famous sitcom 'Cheers' that it inspired. If you watched the show, you know and love the characters and now you can take a picture in the exact spot they sat in the bar!
3. Explore the Fort Point Channel Historic District.
The Fort Point is one of Boston's most eclectic and vibrant neighbourhoods to explore. There's unique architecture, a stunning waterfront, tons of cool restaurants, bars and cafes and museums and galleries to explore!
2. Tour the historic Old North Church.
The Old North Church is another historic hot spot in Boston. It's a main historic sight in the infamous American Revolution where the church sexton climbed to the top of the church holding two lanterns to warn that the British were coming.
1. Wander the streets of Boston's Chinatown area.
Boston's Chinatown is rich and full of culture making it an amazing spot to explore. Wander the streets and smell the delicious scents of Asian cuisine and explore the shops.