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Free Things to do in Boston
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Boston Common and Boston Public Gardens
This public park and public garden are side by side and are the best place to spend a sunny afternoon in Boston. In Boston Public Gardens you will find a lake surrounded by structured flower beds and green spaces. It’s a great place to sit by the lake in the sun. While it may not be top of the list when it comes to Boston tourist attractions, we think the Boston Public Gardens are a hidden gem and make our list when it comes to things to do for free in Boston. From here you can walk across to Boston Common. This is one of the oldest city parks in the USA and covers approximately 50 acres of land right in the centre of the city. There is a lot around Boston Common and it is one of the top attractions in Boston. From its beautiful walkways to the frog pond, Boston Common is a must see and a great free thing to do in Boston.
To see the historic side of Boston as well the most desirable address in the city, take a walk around Beacon Hill. This neighbourhood is steeped in history and character which you will see from its narrow cobble brick roads and gas-lit sidewalks. Beacon Hill is one of the top Boston attractions as tourists love to walk around looking at the historic houses and businesses that still boast lots of historic character. After all that walking you might be in need of a rest so get booking you cheap Boston hostels here!
Tour the USS Constitution and Museum
The USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides” can be found in Boston Harbour. This navy ship is not just the pride of the navy but of the city of Boston too. This beautiful ship is the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel and the navy plan to keep her afloat for many years to come. One of our top things to do for free in Boston is to visit the USS Constitution and take a guided tour of the ship. And once you’ve seen the ship, cross the navy yard to the USS Constitution Museum where you can find out all about the ship through engaging exhibitions.
Tour the Boston Public Library
Located on the beautiful Boylston Street in Boston’s city centre, the Boston Public Library is not just an amazing building from an architectural point of view. Take a trip inside the library and walk around. Here you will find not only a lot of books but also a rotating art exhibition, lectures, movies, workshops and more. There is a free ‘Art and Architecture Tour’ of the building on certain days so don’t miss out on these. Get researching these tours and more from one of our great Boston hostels.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
This is one of the top Boston tourist attractions and is a popular spot when it comes to Boston sightseeing. This area around Faneuil Hall is made up of three market halls called North Market, Quincy Market and South Market – Quincy Market being the most popular. All the big high street brands can be found here as well as some local Boston establishments. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a vibrant and colourful area to walk around or even sit back in and people-watch. There are lots of street-performers and entertainers around Faneuil Hall Marketplace and is a great place to be on a sunny day in Boston. For more on Boston take a look at our Boston City Guide here.
Walk the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is the tour of all tours when it comes to Boston sightseeing! The Freedom Trail encompasses all of the historic areas and sights around Boston and covers roughly 2.5 miles walking. The trail is marked out throughout the city with red ground markers and old-style signposts. The Freedom Trail is one the top free things to do in Boston and is the perfect way of seeing the best of Boston’s historic sites. For more great tips on Boston take a look at our Boston City Guide here.
By: Tracy Lynch