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Boston for free

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Boston for free
If you're looking to save and have a great time in Boston, there are plenty of options indoors and out. Most of the historical tours are low- or no-cost, as are many fun and scenic outdoor spots.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Irish Heritage Trail
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Irish Heritage Trail

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has created Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, a walk through 300 years of history. The tour features sites important to Irish-American heritage in Boston and Back Bay. They also maintain a guide to neighborhoods in Boston that have strong Irish immigrant influence. Guided tours are offered, starting at the Boston Common Visitors Center,and self-guided... More

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has created Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, a walk through 300 years of history. The tour features sites important to Irish-American heritage in Boston and Back Bay. They also maintain a guide to neighborhoods in Boston that have strong Irish immigrant influence. Guided tours are offered, starting at the Boston Common Visitors Center,and self-guided maps are available at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau on the Boston Common and at the Prudential Center.Summer 2012 Guided Tours run from June 16 to August 30. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Boston Common
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Boston Common

Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
Prudential Center
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Prudential Center
Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Black Heritage Trail
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Black Heritage Trail

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when... More

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when Massachusetts abolished slavery to 1865 when slavery was abolished nationwide after the Civil War. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Boston Public Library
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Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library was the first large municipally-funded public library in America.  It has a central location right in the heart of Copley... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Boston University Observatory
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Boston University Observatory

The Observatory offers a public viewing night for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. It is open to everyone. Starting times are 7:30pm during the fall and winter, and 8:30pm... More

The Observatory offers a public viewing night for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. It is open to everyone. Starting times are 7:30pm during the fall and winter, and 8:30pm during the spring and summer. The program lasts about an hour. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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