Nice frugal traveler article about a cheap weekend in Boston:
I really should go to the ICA someday.
Nice spotting and sharing Thomas144! And, if you click though to the link in one of the comments you find more tips for hotels and things to do. This is a link we should all keep in mind as we advise visitors on a budget.
Lets build on it. What are your favorite free or very inexpensive Boston tips.
I'll start with the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Free tours, landmark building, ever changing exhibitions, incredible courtyard with free concerts in summer and a tables and chairs where you can enjoy food from the surrounding food trucks.
Swan boats. Very "Boston" and only $3. And if you aren't familiar with the story "Make Way for Ducklings" stop by the children's section of the library and read it.
Thomas, nice article, thanks for sharing.
I love The Boston Public Library, too, Penny.
Here is the link for free Boston Public Library Tours of the Mckim Building
There are so many things in Boston that are free!
The ICA is free on Thursday nights after 5PM
My favorite cheap night out, is on Thursday nights in the summer: A free visit to the ICA, then we walk The Boston HarborWalk around Fan Pier, walking over the pedestrian bridge towards the Boston Harbor Hotel. Free Live Summer Series Music at The Boston Harbor Hotel, then we continue towards The New England Aquarium with a free viewing of the seals in the seal tank. All free!
The article mentions Piers Park - a hidden gem!
Another hidden gem is right next to Piers Park: HarborArts, an urban outside art gallery in the nearby shipyard. http://www.harborarts.org/
From here, I like to walk via the Boston HarborWalk to the Hyatt Harborside for a drink on their outside patio.
Another cheap idea, a tour of Fort Independence at Castle Island. The historical committee volunteers do a great job, very informative and the tours are free on the weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and on Thursday nights in the summer. Our favorite visit is in October, when they decorate the fort for 'The Children's Halloween Castle' Great for kids and again it is free! Have cheap eats from nearby Sullivan's.
great post,thank you
For a $3 fare you get out on the water and get a view of the city from that perspective for some great photos and the experience.
Castle Island is one of my favorite things to do in the summer as well as roam around Boston Commons and the Gardens.
The MFA is free on Wednesday nights, and the ICA is free on Thursday nights (as mentioned) and the last Saturday of each month. The Harvard museums are also free on select times on the weekends and typically on Wednesday afternoons as well.
I have a blog dedicated to "cheap" and free things to do in the city if anyone is interested... bostononbudget.com. I usually updated it daily with fun events and cheap eats happening. :)
In the summer, the Highland Street Foundation offers Free Fun Fridays. Every Friday from July - August, a selection of four or five museums and attractions around Massachusetts are free. Last year my kid and I went to Plimouth Plantation, which was great since it is normally pretty expensive, IMHO. The list of places changes a little every year and it is usually on their website by late May or June.
If you want more free "Cultcha" in Boston, a fantastic resource is the New England Conservatory. Their performance space, Jordan Hall, was designed by the same architect who did Carnegie Hall in NYC. It's an amazing space. The school has a regular schedule of free concerts of everything ranging from Opera to Chamber Music to Symphonic Music, Choral, etc. The quality is top notch as well.
Seth Kugel loves Simco Hotdogs, Wow!!!!!