Things to do for Budget Travelers in Boston and Surrounds 

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    Freedom Trail

    61 reviews

    Freedom trail can be considered the symbol of Boston. You cannot visit Boston without walking at least part of the trail. The red brick trail is really a great way of visiting many of the historical sites and attractions in Boston, the first stop being the Boston Commons, takes you through the old state house, Faneuil hall, and eventually Bunker ...

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  • 2

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    47 reviews

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a fun place to shop. There are a variety of stores from high fashion (Urban outfitter, Victoria's Secret) to novelty (Newbury comics), all the stores are individually accessed from the outside (South and North markets). Many merchants also set up their stands in this popular tourist spot. The concentration of fooderies and restaurants are inside Quincy ...

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  • 3

    Public Garden

    32 reviews

    Willow trees, swan boats, statues and tulips. These are the things that come to mind when I think of the Public Garden. What a wonderful place for a stroll, picnic, or mid-afternoon nap. And it's no wonder you can always find newly engaged couples taking their awkward photos here--the scenery is gorgeous and so well maintained. And who doesn't swoon ...

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  • 4

    The Boston Public Library

    22 reviews

    Boston's library is amazingly beautiful. The courtyard is home to concerts in the summer and other artistic exhibitions are hosted year round. Definitely worth popping in to see if you love old buildings! Also it's free!

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  • 5

    Boston Common

    85 reviews

    My favorite park!!!! Best to go when you have some time to relax on a nice day. Heard it was one of the oldest park in the US. Gorgeous trees and lots of tulips. Squirrels are everywhere and we saw a swan sitting on her nest. Make sure to stop by the thinking cup coffee shop (stumpton coffee) before hand. ...

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    Samuel Adams Brewery Co

    18 reviews

    This is a great tour, with plenty of samples passed around at the end. Keep an eye out on the tour, you might see some of the brewers from the recent tv commercials. The brewery also offers a free shuttle to a nearby pub on certain days.

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    Charles River Esplanade

    20 reviews

    After a painful night of food poisoning, we stopped here on the way to North end and took a nice long nap on the bench. The place is peaceful with lots of shade and a great view. If you like to bike or go for a run I feel like this is another great place to do that other than ...

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  • 8

    Granary Burying Ground

    15 reviews

    This part of the Freedom trail the main entrance is non-accessible. You will need to call the mayor office to have the side gate unlock, so you can enter through accessible entrance of the graveyard. There are several singers of declaration of independence including President John Hancock are buried here.

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  • 9

    Frog Pond Skating Rink

    11 reviews

    Can you think of a more wholesome and fun winter activity than ice skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond? There’s just something so wonderful about bundling up, skating under the Christmas lights and sipping on hot chocolate in between rounds on the ice. And there are lots of kids and skaters of all skill levels, so there’s no pressure ...

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  • 10

    Mount Auburn Cemetery

    4 reviews

    When a friend of mine first proposed that we visit the Mt. Auburn cemetery, I wasn't really sure what to think. I'd heard of the Granary Burial Ground, with Sam Adams and Paul Revere, but not Mt. Auburn. And wouldn't a cemetery be depressing? Not so! The Mt. Auburn cemetery feels more like a park or garden, and I was ...

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  • 11


    23 reviews

    Boston Chinatown isn't very big. There are plenty of food options that one can expect to find in a Chinatown, fairly authentic, dim sum, hotpot, shabu, Shanghai-nese and Cantonese restaurant. For a light snack, the Royal Crown Bakery perfected the cuisine art of making egg-tarts and the egg / minced pork congee from Bao bao is the best.

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  • 12

    Swan Boats of Boston

    6 reviews

    The swan boats were a staple of growing up. A little cheesy looking back on it, but as a kid, it was so fun. Low-tech for sure! These boats are run purely by pedal power and tour a very small but cute pond in the Public Garden.

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  • 13

    The Corner Tavern

    3 reviews

    Quiet place to avoid the crowds. Short walk to Harvard Bridge

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  • 14

    Boston Harbor Cruises

    16 reviews

    This is part of the National Park Services Unit. I had gone on the Cruises out to Little Brewster Island. Going out was great to be able to see what is going in the harbor and the bird watching was. This boat is accessible, but no bathrooms. Disability Parking is in a paid lot to the far right of the ...

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  • 15

    Harpoon Brewery

    9 reviews

    Sure, you can go to any brewery to see how beer is made. If you want to see how really good beer is made, go to Harpoon Brewery. They will have you wear safety goggles but you'll forget them very soon after being led on the tour. I found it to be fun entertaining and educational. The tour guides are ...

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  • 16

    New England Aquarium

    44 reviews

    I love coming here to visit the penguins and gaze at the giant glass tank of sea creatures, the focal point of the entire complex. Some of those fish are massive! I personally get a little thrill when the moray eels and/or sea turtles swim by. Sharks are always exciting too. And there’s almost always some kind of feeding or ...

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  • 17

    Old North Church

    23 reviews

    Very difficult to get to being it’s in the north end of Boston. This is where the Lanterns were hung for Paul Revere Ride. Disability access is difficult because of narrower street with very little parking in the area.

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  • 18

    Old State House

    22 reviews

    historic and beautiful building in the middle of high and modern buildings. The declaration of independence was read here

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  • 19

    Charles River

    5 reviews

    The river is shallow up by Watertown but deepens and widens as it snakes between Cambridge and Boston. This is really the heart of the city.

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  • 20

    MIT Museum

    5 reviews

    The MIT Museum is a unique collection of things that make MIT, MIT. If you're on campus and a tourist, come check it out. You already know they are geniuses here... this just proves it further.

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