Free Things to do in Boston

Boston is a historic city that rides the line between small town and large metropolitan city. It’s also a cheap place to visit, and there are plenty of free things to do to when travelling via public transport or car to keep the travel budget low as well!

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail covers a range of historical sites and will give you plenty of information about Boston’s history. There is even a free audio podcast you can access to accompany the walk. You can easily spend many hours walking the trail, and it’s a great way to see the city and learn about its history.

The Common

The Common is America’s oldest park, and features some must-see public gardens and a frog pond that will delight adults and children alike. During the summer months, you can also catch a free Shakespearean play.

The Hatch Shell

Right next to the Charles River you’ll find a free gig venue called the Hatch Shell, where a range of summertime concerts and movies are played at no cost.

Castle Island

Castle Island in South Boston features the famous Fort Independence, along with beaches and running trails that are perfect for a picnic. Plus, access to the old fort is free!


You’ve no doubt heard of Harvard University in Cambridge, and when you visit the campus you can take a free tour to learn about the university’s history, architecture, myths and more. It’s also worthwhile checking out Harvard Square for its fantastic array of street musicians.

Free Beer Tours

You read correctly – Sam Adams, a major Boston brewery, offers free tours with samples provided! Around mid-afternoon, people of any age can head along to learn about the brewery, however only those over 21 can partake in the sampling.

Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain

This large free public space features running trails, gardens, flowers from all over the world and a gorgeous Bonsai tree collection. Arnold Aboretum is the perfect place for somewhere quiet to relax amongst amazingly picturesque scenery.

Boston offers free activities for all ages and many different interests, so be sure to take advantage of these no-cost locations during your visit!